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Matobo National Park

About Matobo National Park

The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometers south of Bulawayo. Being the oldest National Park, Matobo National Park is one of the ideal places to visit in Zimbabwe. It was established in 1926 and houses numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Species like White Rhinos, Impala, Antelopes, Black Eagles, and Leopards reside inside the premises.

The area exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe. The large boulders provide abundant natural shelters and have been associated with human occupation from the early Stone Age right through to early historical times, and intermittently since. They also feature an outstanding collection of rock paintings.

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Best time to visit

Wildlife viewing in Matobo National Park is at its best during the Dry season, from June to October. Animals are more easily spotted since they gather around water sources, and the bush is thinner. Fishing, hiking, and visits to some of the San rock-art sites are less season-dependent.

Wildlife

Matobo is prime leopard country, and these agile predators can sometimes be spotted on rocky outcrops. This terrain is the natural habitat of the rock hyrax, a favorite prey of this big cat. The park is also home to Africa's largest antelope, the eland, and the fastest antelope, the tsessebe. Other antelope to look out for include greater kudu, sable, and klipspringer.

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