Matobo Hills
Matobo Hills
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This region is adorned with rock paintings and carvings from the Stone and Iron Ages; it’s a fascinating pictorial representation of prehistoric life hewn into stone.
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Michael F
Winter Haven, FL161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I had an amazing few days in the National Park. The landscape is really stark and unique. Wildlife is less abundant than some other regions, but what is here is amazing. There is a good chance to see White Rhino here. I managed to see 7 of them, and only made one attempt at it. I highly recommend this place. If you are interested in seeing Rhino, hook up with a tracker guide through one of the local lodges.
Written June 13, 2022
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Justin
Harare, Zimbabwe23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The area is drought-ravaged, so it's especially sad seeing it during the 3rd winter with no decent recent rains. Having said that, the landscape is breathtaking and apparently home to the highest concentration of leopard in the region. There is a healthy rhino population, so your chances of rhino sitings are pretty good too.

Here's hoping the rains return and the wildlife numbers pick up.
Written August 20, 2020
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Mufaro M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had an amazing weekend outing with my husband and girls at Matobo Hills Lodge. Exceptional hospitality from booking thanks Samantha and a memorable reception from Tanaka, Bridget, Andile. Micheal everyone keeps talking about your tasty food. Keep it up team!!!!!!!!!! You gave us an amazing weekend to talk about for days to come........
Written February 24, 2020
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Nic0le_1234
Johannesburg, South Africa3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
We recently stayed at Matobo Hills, Maleme rest camp. We had 'a hut with two single beds. There was a small wash basin that was Not working and a OLD fridge in the doorway that wouldnt close. So, you had to put a suitcase in the doorway in front of the fridge door to keep it closed, and everytime you wish to leave the housie, you had to move the suitcase and fight with the fridge door first. The communal bathrooms are a mess: no light, no working toilets, no working basins, no hot water, 1 dirty old bath, 1 shower that's door wouldnt close.

1 Communal kitchenet outside our house which were not able to use in the morning due to the staff cooking their food.

We did ask for a bigger unit, or a transfer to the lodge, anywhere but no space was available apparentely. Also NO animals were spotted exept for the aggresive baboons and monkeys who tried numerous times to steal out food inside the house.

To sumarise: No hot water, no working toilets, no working wash basins, no animals, no lights outside the house. What more do I have to say.
Written June 3, 2011
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Neil M
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
It seems to me that the Matopos NP is the sort of place that people seem to either go into raptures over or thoroughly hate. For myself, having been quite a few times it is a bit of both I must admit.

Clearly, the natural landscape is besotting and the human history of the place is truly remarkable. So, that seems to me to be the basis of the case for an extremely favourable review.

On the other hand, if it is the infrastructure and facilities of a place that floats your boat, then the park like so many the things in Zimbabwe will continue to disappoint. This seems to be getting close to the basis of the really poor reviews that I have read.

Lack of maps at the entrance gates and other interpretative material is a genuine nuisance and the road infrastructure beyond the blacktop entrance roads is simply appalling. Even with a four wheel drive, many of the main gravel roads were nigh on impassable when I last did a traverse of the game reserve and main park in 2014. Some simply couldn't be driven due to extreme washouts. Whether they were finally repaired for this summer I don't know, but I would not be in any rush to try them out for a while.

Yes, there are animals in the park, including rhino, roan and sable, and some are quite impressive. However, it is pretty hit and miss whether you will see much and the sight of a few rhinos without horns and being tagged closely by keepers isn't really offering up that great a wildlife viewing experience.

I genuinely admire the initiatives that have been put in place to curb poaching, and support them to the hilt - ditto the fencing program around the game reserve. Extremely important.

But at the end of the day, beyond the rocks and the light, the Matopos doesn't really seem to be a place I want to revisit time and time again. Many will disagree.
Written February 18, 2015
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Yvonne C
Arusha Region, Tanzania16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
I stayed at one of the National Park Maleme Lodges. They are nestled between the most amazing granite hills and you are surrounded by the most amazing views. There is a path leading to Maleme dam where u can fish or have a bbq. The accommodation has just been refurbished and it is self catering. The rooms were clean and very comfortable. For rest and a chance to see white rhino and the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, which is set on hills with the most amazing views I highly recommend the lodges. The staff are incrediblely helpful and friendly.
Written January 24, 2016
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Richard H
Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
I have also reviewed the Matobo Hills under the heading Matobo National Park but I have just visited again so it is worth another review. It is always a fantastic place to visit. Its rocks, trees, valleys may have a comparable site elsewhere in the world but for me it is unique. As I write, it is incredibly green and lush with rivers flowing (over the roads in some cases) but it doesn't matter when you visit for stunning scenery. I wouldn't try much game viewing just at the moment, however. Enjoy a drive, enjoy the scenery, enjoy some fishing, enjoy a walk or a visit to a historic site. Maybe you could enjoy a swim in a rock pool as I did this weekend. Try to get to the south of the park (Toghwana and Mtshelele) if you can. The game park area is usually a pleasant drive and often good for seeing rhino but it is not jam-packed with game so don't expect too much though I have had some good sightings on occasion.

Some of the roads are tarred (none in the game area) and so fine for any vehicle but once you are off the tar high clearance would be advisable. National Parks self catering accommodation is still fine, if a little tired looking from lack of adequate finance but my party was very comfortable there. Just don't expect luxury! If you want more luxury you can read my review of Camp Amalinda which is a wonderful resort.

Also, for overseas visitors beware that you will have to pay to get into the Park and then pay again to visit Rhodes Grave (one is National Parks and one National Museums)

The Park is very easily accessible from Bulawayo in a day trip if you wish.
Written March 16, 2014
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sheltydog2005
Washington, DC310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
This is a terrific place to visit. There is so much history and culture, plus amazing views, landscapes, and animals too. I wish I had had more time. I spent 3 days and there was lots more to see. The cave paintings and shadow paintings were brilliant.
Written May 7, 2019
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Christina T
Nicosia District, Cyprus32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
Went for a holiday to zim and booked a stay at matobos national park. Stayed at the fish eagle and black eagle lodges. The lodges are wonderful offering self catering facilities. The national park itself is beautiful. Saw lots of animals including also rhinos. Do not miss Rhode's grave world's view. You can really see the world from up there. No wonder he chose this place to be buried.
Matobos nat park is also good for fishing. Ask the rangers who will be very helpful.
The only problem with the whole of zimbabwe at this time is the power cuts.
Written December 9, 2016
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CliveMaclean
Chicago, Illinois, United States6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
There is no other place like it in the world! The energy is palpable and the views are spectacular. it's an experience that you will remember forever.
Written June 22, 2015
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