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“Rather Sad Experience” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park
Matopos road, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Bulawayo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Rather Sad Experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Our family visited this park on our journey from Mozambique to Victoria Falls. The scenery is still beautiful and the people are friendly. However, the roads, picnic sites and toilets are not maintained and their condition on some occasions was quiet shocking. We had to flee the picnic site because of flies and ate our lunch in the car. We didn’t see animals except for cattle (the source of flies?). We skipped the Cecil Rhodes grave site because we felt that we had already paid enough; sad though to travel all the way to Matopos and not being able to see the major attraction.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing scenery, but game hard to find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The rock formations are amazing in this park, bu sadly wildlife is hard to find. Very sadly, the rhinos in the wildlife park were shot by poachers in November. Also, the roads need better maintenance as they become hard to drive on after rain makes them muddy and floods parts.

Visited January 2014
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“lovely environment but decimated by poaching”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Maleme Dam is just beautiful, you feel you stay for days (and there are facilities for self-catering camping!), so highly recommend it particularly for bird-watching. BUT the rest of the park is EMPTY EMPTY EMPTY it is heart-breaking, all the game has gone, the plains are deserted. We drove around for hours and saw nothing, then 5 zebra and 3 giraffe right at the end, looking understandably nervous! The rhino have been hammered, down from 80 to less than 5 (are there any left at all??). Its vicinity to a major urban centre (Bulawayo) must be largely to blame, it's just too easy to get to. Apparently there are plans to repopulate it with surplus animals from the much more professionally managed Save Conservancy, rather than culling them, and this can't happen soon enough. A tragedy, very upsetting for anyone who remembers it in its prime.
If you want to visit, stay in Bulawayo (Burke's Paradise recommended) and drive out for the day, you don't need to stay at the overpriced lodges near the entrance gate.

Visited February 2013
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“Museums and Monuments should take measures in protecting the San paintings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I clearly would like to indicate on neglegency being done by the Museums and Monuments in failing to protect the Bushman/San paintings in Matopos Recreational Park, Bulawayo. We kindly need attention from the director to participate in our concern with our environment which we think its not given enough attention especially looking from the Tourism side. Museums and Monuments is charging rediculous prices for tourists to see the paintings and tourists love to see these paintings as long as they come to the City of Kings, Bulawayo. I would like to suggest if possible lets all safari operators, Monuments and museums and other interested parties to help in the maintaning of our Bushman paintings in Matopos before they are destroyed because of lack of knowledge or neglegency. The dust ground in the Caves needs gravel or other protection measures that can help in protecting the paintings from dust and the roads to all these respective places needs to be looked at especially the road which lead us to Ntswatugi and Bambata Cave needs attention before tourists are inconvinienced from their schedules. I would like to beleive that as a team we will be able to put a noble idea together and protect our interests before we loose this resource due to lack of respect in our environment.
Our Environment, Our sorrounding.

Visited November 2013
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“Very special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I haven't been there for Many years, but it's doubtful that this place has changed. There is indeed a special, magical feel when you stand on top of the kopje, and look over the Matobo hills.
Cecil Rhodes is buried there and rock paintings are . I agree with all that "Farmhouse Manager" says.

(I last visited the park in about 1980 so can't put down a date!)

Visited November 2012
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