Rhodes Matopos National Park Travel Guide
As we went into Matopos National Park
As we went into Matopos National Park
Matobo Park entrance
Hippo in the Lake at Matopos
Rock formations on Matobo Hills
Rock formations like this is found around the Matobo hills. They are formed by nature over two thousand million years. Rock paintings can be seen as well.Linked below is a very informative page about Matobo, with links to booking opportunities.
Rhodes Matopos National Park
In this park you can see incredible rock formations and the grave of Cecil Rhodes. It's worth a visit.It's located outside of Bulawayo. You can ride in their with your own car or do a tour with a local company.More information and photos you can find on my travelogue A visit...
We finally found the Rhino's again!This time though he was accompanied by his wife and baby!These Rhino were white Rhino which are the most common, white Rhino are in general friendly animals - black rhino are aggresive and so you would never be able to walk with them!Rhino...
Rhodes Matopos National Park has some fantastic rock formations. One at the main entrance to the park and others scattered throughout the park itself.
A Rhino along the road
Finally just when in the African rain we had all given up any hope of spotting a rhino - who walks along the side the road??!!Amazing. He soon moved on leaving us with just a glimpse of him and even more determination to find him again!
It's another Lake!
Whilst walking through the park we soon came across this other lake.We never saw anymore Hippo here but the lake and surrounding scenery was gorgeous anyway.
Walking in Matopos
The walk we took through the national park was an easy and interesting walk. We enjoyed marvelling at the scenery and looking for wildlife!The walk was relativley flat, I remember there being one steep section but it wasnt difficult.
Lakes and Hippo Watching!
Maopos National Park offers some superb scenery and brilliant landscapes.Our first stop for the day was here at this lake, we stretched our legs and jumped out of the jeep, enjoying a nice little walk by the lake spotting Hippo - of which there were numerous bobbing up and...
There are two crocodiles in this lake! Difficult to spot in the picture, but I know they are there, cause I wrote it in my diary. The first time we saw crocs irl and not in a zoo, though we had seen alligators in Everglades before :-)
I don't know whether these rhinos are black or white. In fact, there is no color difference. We were told that the name white origins from wide, that the difference between the two kinds of rhinos basically is the width of their mouths!
Drifters, the company we were travelling with, use local experts as guides in all the national parks on the tour. This time we went with an open jeep with 16 passanger seats and one seat on the hood :-)I strongly advise everyone to go with a local tour operator. You learn...
Fauna Found at Whovi Game Area and Suroundings
Animals Spotted:ImpalaBlue wildebeestSableKuduWaterbuckBushbuckKlipspringerSteenbokBurchell’s zebraGiraffeRock HyraxDwarf MongooseWhite rhino (one baby)LeopardVervet MonkeyChacma BaboonBird Sightings:Yellowbill hornbillRedbill hornbillGrey hornbillBlack eagleBateleurHelmeted...
Whovi Game Reserve
Fourthly, the fauna here is quite spectacular. There is a game reserve called Whovi Game Area where white rhino may be spotted. But that is not all. This area has the highest density of eagle and leopard in the world. The landscape has not only drawn ancient peoples here but...
Ancient Rock Art
Thirdly, the Matobo hills are a treasure trove of ancient African rock art. With some great trails through the granite hills, the rock art if very accessible and are some of the best in Africa.
Cecil Rhodes Grave
Secondly, it the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes, one of the founding fathers of Zimbabwe for good or bad. His grave is situated on top of the “View of the World” at Malindidzimu among a ring of gigantic boulders. The view is amazing!
Dr. Sues Rock Formations at Matobo Hills
Matobo National Park has many interesting things to see. Firstly, it has one of the most unusual landscapes in the world. The granite domes that have been pushed up and eroded leave bizarre, Dr. Sues rock formations. The horizon appears to be like a city landscape with sky...
Don't risk beeing shot!
Be careful about where you get out of your car, and do not carry anything that looks like a gun. Poaching is a big problem in the park, and drastic measures are taken. This is for real, some guys were shot a couple of weeks before we were there.
Updated Aug 22, 2005
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Cecil Rhodes Grave is inside the rocks of Matopos. It was his favourite place in Rhodesia and his last will was fullfilled that he wants to be burried up here......It´s not the worst place for a grave!!!!
Everything but elephant
Theres everything but elephant in the park, the park is too small for them. You do about a 4 hour drive including lunch by a nice lake. You can do part of the tour on foot which is a real opportunity to get close to animals!
Rocks & Rhinos
Although the main attraction of the Park are the rock formations, there are many wild animals to be seen, specially the black rhino (at last count, there were 35 in the park).If you take a 1 day tour, you see the rocks in the morning and the animals in the afternoon, but we...
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