Matobo National Park is home to the Matobo Hills, which are classed as a World Heritage Site and a highlight of any trip to Zimbabwe. The area has a profusion of distinctive rock land forms rising above the granite shield that covers most of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been inhabited by humans from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. This area holds the world’s greatest population of rock art, with over 3,000 sites in the area. The Matobo Hills continue to provide a strong focus for the local community, which still uses shrines and sacred places closely linked to traditional, social and economic activities. Wildlife therein consists of a high population of rhino, leopard and a variety bird species.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 424 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Leopard
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Bulawayo

Tours and Activities in Matobo National Park

16-day Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe is one of Africa's key wildlife, nature and safari destinations. The landlocked Southern African country is home to the mighty Zambezi River, one of the largest in Africa; the legendary, world-famous Victoria Falls; and several parks and reserves that are sanctuaries for a plethora of large and small game species. The country also features several ancient and historically-significant sites.…

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Duration: 16 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Best of Zimbabwe Tour

This varied and exciting 5-day safari tour combines culture and wilderness to provide a unique safari tour experience. On this tour, you will first visit two of Zimbabwe's National Parks. Hwange National Park is home to large herds of elephants, as well as the other 4 members of Africa's famous Big 5. Matobo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage…

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Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Unique Zimbabwe Safari Tour

Be inspired by Zimbabwe, a country of many varied contrasts, home to some of the largest national parks in Southern Africa. From the mighty Zambezi escarpment to the Eastern Highland mountains, Zimbabwe features rich history, abundant wildlife, and stunning scenery. This 10-day, 9-night itinerary encompasses Matobo Hills, Hwange National Park, and the world-famous Victoria Falls. The first three days are…

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Duration: 10 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings

Lookout for

Rock Hyrax
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Sable Antelope

Key Species


Black Eagle
Boulder Chats
Paradise Fly Catcher
Mocking Cliff Chat
Snake Eagle

Giant Plated Lizard
Kirks Agama Lizard

Paper Bark Tree
Marula Tree
Large Pod Mahogany

Granite Rocky Outcrops
Savannah Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 4
Mammals: 6
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 8
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