Matobo National Park (Zimbabwe)

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Matobo National Park (Zimbabwe)

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Destination Highlights

Matobo National Park is in southwest Zimbabwe. It’s known for the Matobo Hills, a range of balancing rock formations created by erosion of the granite plateau. The walls of Nswatugi Cave feature Stone Age rock art. The park has significant populations of black eagles and both black and white rhinos. The grave of Cecil Rhodes, founder of former British colony Rhodesia, is carved into the summit of Malindidzimu.

This Rhino sanctuary is a World Heritage Site. UNESCO bestowed this title upon it in 2003. This is due to the its cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance.

Matobo National Park shares this significant title with –

The mighty Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world,
Khami Ruins – the second largest stone monument in the nation,
The arresting Mana Pools – a picturesque setting for avid photographers and
Great Zimbabwe, also listed in the 2016 World Monuments Watch List.
Matobo National Park is also listed in the 2018 World Monuments Watch List.


Origin of the name “Matobo”

History has it that the Karanga people referred to the Matobo region as “madombo” meaning stones. The distinct appearance of the rolling Matobo hills was the reason behind the area’s name. The founder and leader of the Ndebele nation, King Mzilikazi, is said to have named the balancing rocks “matobo”, a Ndebele term meaning “bald heads”.


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