Matobo National Park & Matopos Hills

Matobo National Park & Matopos Hills

The Matobo Hills cover an area of about 3100km², of which 440 km² is National Park (the rest of which is communal land or commercial farmland). The Matopos Hills have an average height of 1,500 metres, and together they cover an area of about 3,100 km² extending across 80 km, east to west. Part of the Matobo National Park is set aside as a game park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros. This covers some 100 km² of beautiful scenery including some amazing balancing rocks and impressive views along the Mpopoma river valley.

Today the Matobo National 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 Matobo National Park have 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.

The Matopos Hills has a great deal of historical relevance in Zimbabwe. The estate of Cecil John Rhodes was once located at Matopos Hills and his grave is at a site called World’s View, on the summit of one of the hills. The graves of Sir Leander Starr Jameson and Sir Charles Coghlan are also at Matopos Hills, along with the memorials to Major Allan Wilson and the Shangani Patrol. The Matopos Hills had been fought over in 1893 by members of the Ndebele, a group of Africans that regarded the site as sacred. It is still seen as sacred ground, as among the cracks and crevices of the Matobo Hills is the Ndebele’s rain shrine to Mwari, the god of their ancestors. There are Stone and Iron Age archaeological sites, 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.

Safaris which pass through Zimbabwe are found below…


Matobo National Park & Matopos Hills

  • Zambezi River Lodge Botswana Untouched Lodge Safari – 9 days

    Explore Botswana’s finest National Parks and the true African wilderness – untouched! Start your tour by experiencing the Greater Moremi. See giraffe, elephant, zebra, lion and wildebeest in the Moremi Game Reserve from your own 4×4 vehicle. Discover the Okavango Delta in traditional dugout canoes and enjoy Chobe National Park’s wildlife on a boat cruise on the Chobe River.

  • Bungee Jump Bungee Jump – Victoria Falls

    Experience the world-famous Victoria Falls in the most adventurous and unique way – with a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • Chobe River Chobe Package Botswana

    Experience the splendor of the Chobe National Park with 2 nights at Chobe Safari Lodge, watching wildlife from the water’s edge on sunset boat cruises and experiencing a host of wildlife on game drives in the National Park. This package is the perfect getaway for those who are looking for a short-term Chobe National Park experience with comfortable and luxurious accommodation.

  • Helicopter flight Helicopter Flight – Victoria Falls

    Jenman African Safaris offers you the chance to see the magnificent Victoria Falls by Helicopter flight to experience the ultimate birds-eye view of this breath-taking Natural Wonder.

  • Kruger experience Kruger Experience – Classic Package

    Enjoy a 4-day Kruger experience in one of Africa’s most popular national parks, the Kruger National Park. This adventurous experience offers the best game viewing opportunity possible with game drives through the park and optional bush walks, which allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Kruger National Park.

  • Cape Town experience Cape Town Experience – Classic Package

    The lively city of Cape Town has been named again and again as one of the top cities in the world to visit thanks to its wide range of activities, breathtaking scenery and variety of unique restaurants and markets. Explore all the amazing wonders that the Mother City has to offer this exciting 4 day Cape Town Experience. Enjoy your stay at the beautiful Sweet Ocean View Guest House, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach.


Matobo National Park & Matopos Hills

  • Camp Hwange – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Camp Hwange is situated approximately 180km from Victoria Falls and is ideally located on a private concession in the Sinamatella area, in the northern part of Hwange National Park.

  • Elephant’s Eye Eco Lodge – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Elephant’s Eye is a 4-star eco-lodge situated in Hwange National Park. Enjoy game drives in Hwange, explore our concession and enjoy our treehouse chalets.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is perfectly situated as it is only 4 km from the magnificent Victoria Falls and year-round game viewing at the on-site waterhole.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Club – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Safari Club is located just 3km from Victora Falls town centre. Situated within magnificent grounds, the Safari Club offers uninterrupted views of the bushveld, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

  • Victoria Falls River Lodge Victoria Falls River Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls River Lodge is a private game lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Zambezi National Park, close enough to the falls to be able to see the spray in the distance. The camp offers breath-taking game and bird viewing and each secluded tent has a private deck overlooking the river only 30 minutes from Victoria Falls town.

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