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Protected Area Matobo National Park

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Located in Zimbabwe :: Zimbabwe  :: Bulawayo
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area

Description [ correction ]

Matobo National Park is a gem. It is renowned for the Matobo Hills with its massive boulders and balancing rocks, located close to Bulawayo. The area is rich in history and culture. Numerous caves with Bushmen paintings give clues to the early human inhabitants of the area. At Pomongwe Cave thousands of Stone and Iron Age artefacts are on display. Some of them date back as far as 14 000 BC.

Matobo is the oldest protected area in Zimbabwe, declared in 1926. It is a small park, only 440 square km, and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003 because of its cultural significance and diverse environment. Matobo means ‘bald heads’, an epithet said to have been conferred by Mzilikazi, founder of Zimbabwe’s Ndebele nation. Interestingly both him and Cecil John Rhodes chose to be buried in the Matobo Hills.

There are various wildlife like Antelopes, giraffe and Zebra, Kudu, Wildebeest, Eland, hyena, Cheetah, Warthog, Duiker, Baboon, Crocodiles, Cheetah black and white rhinoceros that can be found in the park with a large number of black eagles.

Accommodation is also available in chalets, campsites and lodges. There are a few campsites in Matobo NP but the site at Maleme Dam may be the only one with operational ablution facilities.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  46km or 47min S of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Tel :  +263(0)47 060 77
Tel2 :  +263(0)47 076 24
Fax :  +263(0)47 938 67
Email :  Click Here
Website :  Click Here

Directions [ correction ]

Not available

Rates and Payment [ correction ]
Fee/s :  Park entry fees: 10USD per vehilce, once-off; 6USDpp; Camping: 9USDpp; 10USDpp to visit caves etc.

Destination Information [ correction ]
Facilities :  Lodging, Camping, Restaurant, Airport

Facilities [ correction ]
Child Friendly, Swimming Pool

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Horse Trails, Fishing, Swimming, Bird Watching
Game to View :  Antelopes. Giraffes and Zebra . Kudu. Wildebeest. Eland. Hyena. Cheetah. Warthog. Cheetah black and White rhinoceros
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Town :  Bulawayo

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External Links Related to Matobo National Park
Matobo Conservation Society
Matobo Self Drive
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