Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park
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K72
Melbourne, Australia3,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Loved this National Park, such different landscape to other places. Rocky terrain and lush green surrounds. There are many caves within the park, many with ancient rock paintings by the San bushmen.

We were lucky to see 6 large rhinos in the park too. Our guide, Adrian, knew a lot about the plant life within the park too.

Cecil Rhodes final resting place is,also here. That costs 10US to visit but there's a fabulous view without going right up. Viewpoint called World's View. Breath taking.

We didn't see many animals but the rhino were spectacular.
Written January 10, 2023
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huntersmith
Oakland, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This park is not often visited because you won't spot many animals on game drives, and it isn't on the main circuit for tourism. But it's easy to get to from Bulawayo and has spectacular scenery, with hills, rock faces, and boulders that are gorgeous all day and with the sun setting. There are also 13,000-year-old cave paintings and a chance to see rhinos in the wild (even on foot). Very peaceful, pretty, and photogenic.
Written May 13, 2023
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Desmond P
Snohomish, WA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Entrance to the park very steep.We still remember driving through the park on a very hot day. Saw some game-no rhino.though. Entrance fee to climb the kopje to Rhode ‘s grave rather steep. Ah, well , World’s View worth it. It’s a magical place up there. Ignore the monuments, lie on your back, gaze at the cloudless cobalt sky and listen to the song of the wind as it caresses the balancing rocks. Very peaceful. Watch the sun go down .
Written December 16, 2020
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Laura Lou
Christchurch, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Incredible park and team of rangers and tour operators trying to save Rhinos. We had the local legend Ian as our guide for the day and he was amazing. Heartbreaking to hear about the poaching that is still happening. The painting in the park were amazing!! as were the rhino of course. This place is a must visit. You'll have an awesome day and contribute some tourist $'s to helping protect the rhinos.
Written December 7, 2023
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Royalty travel vic falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
It's a great place for camp siting and mountain climbing and also contains a lot of colonial history matter of fact it's a heritage site
Written December 26, 2018
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J K
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
The park is about an hour from the city. On arrival, you pay to enter the park, and later you pay an additional fee to visit Cecil Rhodes’ gravesite and a large cave. The park is known for rock formations, cave paintings, and the gravesite. There is no map available when you enter, but we were told that you can purchase one at the gravesite. (We learned this after bypassing that stop.) Without a map, it was difficult to know where to go. We visited three caves. White Rhino is just off the road. You do have to walk up the hill to it. The paintings are pretty faint but are well worth seeing, as are the views from the top of the hill. We decided to take the road to the dam. Before the dam there’s a small museum where you purchase the second ticket, and the large cave with paintings is also there. The man at the museum told us to go to the third cave, the turn to which is after the dam. It is then about a kilometer walk up to the cave. These paintings are the most best of the three; so it was well worth the trip to get to them. On the way back, we stopped at Cecil Rhodes’ gravesite. There you can learn a little about the man and why he is buried there. You have to walk up the hill to get there, but the views from the top are fantastic.
Written September 7, 2016
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Richard H
Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
I have been visiting the Matopos since 1982 and can still never get there often enough! It is a beautiful area and there is quite a variety of things to do depending on fitness and time.

Let me start off with a word on the entrance fees. i agree wholeheartedly with one reviewer that this should be explained at the entrance gate but isn't. The park is run by National Parks and what you pay at the entrance will cover most of what you want to do. BUT (!) Rhodes' Grave and the cave painting sites are run by the Museums and you will be asked to pay again. For overseas visitors, I believe the $10 charge is excessive but it is cheaper to pay than to come back again. the ticket is also valid for all the Museums sites so you don't pay for each cave or whatever. It is also my experience that you will only have an attendant to charge you at Rhodes' Grave and possibly, Pomongwe. Retain your receipts/tickets!

Having said all that, I do believe Matopos is an outstanding place to visit. The rock formations are stunning, beautiful dams, endless walking possibilities, fishing, game viewing and so on.

Let me mention two personal favourite walks. One is Pomongwe. Start opposite the turn into Maleme Rest Camp, walk up and over the hill to Pomongwe cave (don't have to pay entry if you are just walking!) and then back along the road to the start. It is a steep climb and has some scrambles but great views. Secondly, Nanke Cave. This departs from Togwana Dam and is a long walk. Allow 3-4 hours there and back. Some steep and scrambly bits but not too bad. Just quite a long way over rough terrain. My one proviso is to go with someone who knows the way. There are some arrows and cairns but it is overgrown and rarely frequented and a very remote part to get lost in.

The Game Park : it is a beautiful drive but you can drive round for hours and see very little. that is a warning but not advice not to go. It is a very good place to see rhino which may be just about all you do but for many that would be worth it. I agree with some others that there seems to be less game in the rest of the park but look out for dassies, klipspringer and other antelope. They can be seen.

A word on vehicles : there is a good tar road as far as Maleme but these days I would recommend a high clearance vehicle for the dirt roads including the game park. It doesn't need to be 4WD if you keep to the standard roads.

I didn't stay at Maleme rest camp this time but I don't think it is quite as run down as some people seem to imply. I was there a year ago and it was basic (always has been) but clean and perfectly adequate. Some of the picnic and camp sites are a bit more run down, I will admit. The kiosk at Maleme is now functioning again though don't expect Sainsburys. Take food and plenty of liquids with you, especially if you intend walking.

Finally (I think) on cave paintings. Inswatugi is excellent and accessible by vehicle on a rough road. Nanke is also excellent but only accessible after a long walk (see my comments above). Pomongwe has nothing to see. White Rhino is a pleasant short walk but only an average display of paintings.

Finally, let me make another unequivocal recommendation for Matopos as a place to visit.
Written January 28, 2013
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Bongani L
Lagos, Nigeria1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
Watch out, you will pay Park fees at the Park entrance, and then again at any of the sites inside. The top of the world view and most caves and San Paintings resort under National Monuments (separate from the Parks), you will pay again for these. I have complained at the unfairness of not publicly displaying (or mentioning) this at the entrance
Written January 4, 2013
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ATLpch
Atlanta, GA1,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Matobo National Park (a.k.a. Matopos) is a fantastic day trip destination from Bulawayo. The park features amazing rock formations that offer views of beautiful vistas. Don't miss the view from "The Top of the World" where Cecil John Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia, is buried. The bushmen cave drawings are also worth the climb to find. We visited the park last month and loved it! The park admission fee is $5 for locals, $10 for foreigners, and $3 for the map. We skipped the map and found that driving around the park is easy, the signs and destinations are well marked. There were only a handful of visitors on the day we went, and felt that we could really connect with the park's sites without interruption. The Meleme Dam area of the park has picnic area and cottages that offer views of the park. Be sure to bring picnic items, bottled water, trash bags, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
Written October 27, 2010
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Zena S
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Had the best few days here and would highly recommend it, the game drive and scenery was magical. The local markets are a must
Written June 24, 2018
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