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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Matobo’s diverse vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife, and the park 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 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 -’hill of benevolent spirits’ – and a short walk from the parking area will lead the visitor 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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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: black eagle, black rhino, Burchell’s zebra, South African giraffe, white rhino
  • Where: Bulawayo Province, Zimbabwe

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

African Adventure: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

Journey through Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to observe southern Africa’s iconic wildlife in some of the continent’s finest national parks. Starting at the magnificent Victoria Falls, highlights include excursions in Hwange, Matobo, Moremi, Chobe and the serene Okavango Delta.

  • When to go: Jun-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Camp Amalinda

This charming, exclusive camp, located within Matobo National Park, consists of nine thatched rooms tucked away among massive granite boulders at an ancient Bushman site. Activities include rhino tracking on foot or by vehicle, bush walks, historical walks to ancient San rock art sites or enjoying the on-site spa.