A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matobo’s diverse vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. The park has introduced a protection zone where a large population of black and white rhinos are successfully breeding.
More common species found at Matobo include klipspringer, zebra, hippo and giraffe. Fish eagles, secretary bird, francolin and a large number of black eagles live here, thriving on a diet of rock hyrax.
The park occupies a land mass of 44,500 hectares and is located just south of Bulawayo, in the magnificent Matobo Hills, hewn from a solid granite plateau by millions of years of erosion and weathering. As a result the terrain is rugged and magnificent, a paradise for hikers.
Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. He is buried at the summit of Malindidzimu - the ’hill of benevolent spirits’ – and a short walk from the parking area will lead you to his grave, which is carved out of the solid granite hill and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of massive boulders.
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