Cecil Rhode's Burial Place
Cecil Rhode's Burial Place
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Penny T
60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I think poor old Cecil must be turning in his grave to hear that they charge people 7 USD for a short walk up the hill simply for the view of where he is buried. They also give you a very bad exchange rate if you pay in anything other than USD. Frankly his final resting place should be free, or cheaper and there should be a special price for SADAC members. After all one has already paid to enter the reserve.
The views are good, but there are many beautiful spots in these hills.
Written May 7, 2022
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sheltydog2005
Washington, DC317 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
For me, the history is not one that I think should be celebrated. I went because it was there and it was a nice hike. The view is great and the elephant shrews and lizards were fun to observe, but that is about it.
Written May 7, 2019
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Tony S
Norwich, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
I have a great interest in Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, who chose to be buried in the Matopos at what he called 'View of the World'. The grave is set into the top of one of the 'whaleback' hills and is tastefully done. Nearby is the resting place of Leander Starr Jameson, Rhodes close friend. An interesting quirk that two English-born prime ministers of the Cape Colony in South Africa were buried in Rhodesia. The view from the grave site is spectacular and a beautiful spot from which to watch the setting sun. Gin and tonic optional.
Written October 7, 2017
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Media1994
Stamford, UK254 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
Cecil Rhodes wasn't universally acclaimed. But he sure chose an amazing resting place with 360 degree views around the Matopos Hills. His simple grave inscription and location of his final resting place were surprisingly moving - and this was a trip I am glad we made. Definitely worth the effort.
Written November 19, 2015
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karensheath
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Friends
Great views from the top of the hill, elephant shrew and lizards darted about. Our guide was good, giving us the somewhat shameful history in a balanced way
Written October 13, 2015
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Matt_Sa_12
White River, South Africa163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
There is an eerie sense of peace and tranquility at this special piece of history built into the massive granite domes of the Matopos. Thanks to UNESCO the site is still well maintained and clean and easily accessible. Beware it does cost an additional $10 pp on top of the park gate fees to get access but it is worth it; Sadly the ablutions were out of order when we visited which is a surprise considering how popular this international place of interest must be; make sure you read through the information posters at the reception desk ... very interesting and provide context to Cecil Rhodes and his accomplishments regardless of what one feels about colonialists.
Written August 10, 2015
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Michael F
Winter Haven, FL153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Beautiful view of the National Park. Rhodes selected this burial site personally and included instructions for his burial there in his will. This is more than a beautiful view, it is an important piece of the African history.
Written June 12, 2022
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Lola008
Pulborough, UK491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I wanted to come here for sentimental reasons, it does not disappoint. There are 3 other graves there & a monument to “The Brave” soldiers lost in a disastrous battle. You can see why C J Rhodes wanted to be buried there, stunning views. I was lucky enough to be there with just my guide so I could soak it all up. Wonderful place for a sundowner the elephant screw & geckos came out to share our snacks .
Very enjoyable afternoon
Written January 9, 2020
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Veggiemel
London, UK885 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
It is worth coming to see the graves of both Cecil Rhodes and Leander Starr Jameson on the summit of Malindidzimu, the 'hill of the spirits', and ponder on the difference in grammar on their grave stone.

There’s also a 33-feet tall, oblong, granite memorial with bronze reliefs to the Shangani patrol - whose remains were buried in the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe until Rhodes willed that they be re-interred alongside him.

The hilltop is home to many common agama and elephant shrew.

But the view at dusk is beautiful and the sunset stunning!
Written August 4, 2018
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VikingHoos
Oslo, Norway87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017
You have to walk a bit to reach the grave site, but from there you understand why this place is called "View of the World." The breathtaking vistas surround you and give the impression that you can in fact see to the end of the world. Cecil Rhodes grave is often covered by smaller rainbow lizards that scurry about and create a dramatic effect in the sunlight. Regardless of what one may think of Cecil Rhodes the man, it is clear that he has left an indelible mark on both African and Western history. It is also clear why he wanted to be buried here as the setting is beautiful.
Written May 1, 2018
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