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  • Balancing Rocks.
    Balancing Rocks.
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  • Matobo cave paintings
    Matobo cave paintings
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    driving in Zimbabwe
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  • The remarkable Matopos 'balancing rock'...

    On our way out of the national park our guides took us past the Matobo Hills. By this late stage in the day I was very ill and was in desperate need of my bed!!!! The Matobo Hills are remarkable for their unusual scenery and the diversity of their flora and fauna. The hills cover about 790,000 acres and have been eroded from an exposed granite...

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  • Matopos National Park driving safari 4.

    The striking pattern of stripes in savannah zebras is different in each animal. Therefore the members of a family can recognise each other by their stripes. Although the stripes are extremely visible at close range, they make a good camouflage from far away and provide protection against predators. Lions in particular like to prey on zebras.

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  • Matopos National Park driving safari.

    Although the main reason for visiting the Motopos National park is to see the endangered white rhino, the drive through the park gives you the great experience of viewing a lot of the wildlife that this area has to offer. I did not mind if we did not come across any rhino until later in the day as the drive was pleasent and the wildlife was easy to...

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  • Matopos National Park driving safari 3.

    A wildebeest stands alone, patiently waiting for something... There was a large herd of wildebeest near our picnic area and although wildebeest live in herds of up to 100 animals, this one seemed happy to be a loner and was quite a few km's from the herd.Although it looks frightening, the horned wildebeest is neither aggressive nor particularly...

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  • Matopos National Park driving safari 2.

    A male giraffe does his best to read the lush leaves of this tree. The dark markings of the male are very noticeable and are in stark contrast to the lighter colours of the female. As the giraffes get older their colours get darker.

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  • Meet the locals.

    While driving through the Matopos National Park we came upon an unusual sight. A loan, young hippo was standing beside a large pool of water. Hippo's live in family groups and are rarely seen out of the water during the day or on their own.

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  • Walk out and meet the rhino!

    After what could have been our last meal..Our guides decided that it was time that we placed our lives into their hands and walk out to see these rhino at close quarters. We were assured that if we remained up wind, the rhino would not know that we were there and they would continue digging up the salt that they were licking. I am surprised that I...

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  • Matopos National Park...The star...

    After driving around for a couple of hours our guides decided that it was time to stop the vehicles and walk through the bush and game trails for a while. We trudged for approx 1.5 hours and came up with nothing in the way of white rhino. (We did walk beside a black mumba snake, the deadliest snake on the planet...but that will be in warnings and...

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  • Get close to the locals.

    It is amazing just how close you can get to the local wildlife. While we were driving through the Matopos National Park, we would often stumble across herds of up to 8 giraffe that seemed to be enjoying the rather cool day.

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Bulawayo Warnings and Dangers

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    The most deadly snake in the world.

    by K.Knight Written Dec 26, 2004

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    While we were walking out to see the white rhinos, and after Anne and I had walked past, one of our group shouted for us to "stop and look at this snake!" It was a black mamba!!!!!!!!
    The black mamba is the most deadly snake in the world. They grow 14 feet in length, and can travel at speeds of up to 19 kmph. They have a head shaped like a coffin. The Black Mamba is not actually black. They have a brownish-gray body with a light belly and brownish scales along its back. It gets its name from the color of the lining of its mouth, which is purple-black, and which it displays when threatened.
    At seeing this snake, both of our tour guides looked very sick and worried indeed.

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Bulawayo Off The Beaten Path

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    Matobo cave paintings

    by K.Knight Written Jan 22, 2005

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    The Matobo hills is one of the richest areas in the world for prehistoric rock art and this form of recorded history is dated from about 25'000 years before the present.
    This rocky area has numerous of these graphic art forms but unfortunately these paintings are subject to vandalism and this is destroying them faster than weather elements. These paintings are exceptional records of how prehistoric men lived in this region, how they hunted and what animals were present, and also gives us the opportunity to glimpse into how they perceived the world around them.

    The return walk took around 2 hours from the car park.

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