What to See & Do

The Matobo National Park has a great deal of historical relevance in Zimbabwe. It is here that you will come across the burial site of Cecil John Rhodes. This sacred place, known by the Ndebele as Malindidzimu (‘place of benevolent spirits’) is often referred to as ‘View of the World’ as Cecil John Rhodes thought it was the most magnificent site around; overlooking the Matobo rocks, massive boulders and exquisite scenery.

Cecil John Rhodes was a well known business man, mining entrepreneur and a politician in Southern Africa. He will always be known as an aspiring leader. He was extremely fascinated by the beauty of Zimbabwe as well as the potential it held and saw Zimbabwe as a truly extraordinary region.

There are also many Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites amongst the Matobo Hills, and some of the world’s best ancient rock art paintings can be found as a testimony of the lives of the San Bushman who lived in the area some 2000 years ago.

Visitors to Matobo National Park will also enjoy incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as the park is one of Zimbabwe's prime wildlife sanctuaries. In addition to the black and white rhinoceros, the Matobo National Park provides a home to a variety of antelope species (kudu, sable, eland) leopard, baboon, lizard, and a plethora of birdlife, including the highest concentrations of black eagle in the world. The Park is also home to many trees and shrubs that are unique to the area, as well as flora and fauna found in many other parts of the world, which have grown naturally in this area. Vegetation ranges from the lichens of the desert-like hilltops to the luxuriant growth of valley swamps.

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