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Matobo National Park

The park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares and it includes an intensive Protection Zone where a large population of Black and White Rhinoceros is successfully breeding. The park offers a diverse package of tourist attractions and activities. The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. The majestic and rugged terrain of the park is a hiker’s paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. The Matobo area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.

The park is home to a wide variety of animal species including: black and white rhinoceros, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, sable, klipspringer, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, rock dassies, waterbuck, wildcat, springhare, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons and monkeys. The richness of the Park can also be seen from the diverse bird life. The park is famous for its large concentration of black eagles, which can be seen perched atop the rock formations or soaring along the cliffs in search of prey. Bird species that can be found include, fish eagle, martial eagle, francolin, secretary bird, weavers, pied crow and Egyptian geese. Fish species readily found in this Park include bass, bottle fish, bream, catfish and robustus. Matobo National Park has a mixed type of vegetation that ranges from Mopane, Acacia species, Brachstegia in other area, Fig trees, Azanza species, Zizphus species, Strychnos species and Terminalia species.

How to get there
The park is located 34 km south of Bulawayo along the Kezi/Maphisa Road. The Main road to Maleme is tarred while all other Park roads are gravel and mostly in good condition. During the rainy season the road to Toghwana requires 4 wheel drive vehicles.

Accommodation
1. Big Cave Camp is a privately owned camp bordering the Matobo National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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