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The Matopos National Park is located just outside Bulawayo. Matopos has some good animals including Rhino and Leopard but the main attraction of Matopos is the incredible scenery with massive columns of balancing rocks and huge granite formations giving visitors some unforgettable sights.
The small park abounds in bushman paintings and has a fair amount of history in it's hills. The area was used as a fortress by the Matabele tribe in past centuries and holds the graves of some important statesmen such as Mzilikazi, the great Matabele King and Cecil Rhode's.
MATOBA HILLS LODGE
Matobo Hills are a chaotic creation of rock – the most spectacular granite landscape in the world. Situated only 55 km from Bulawayo, lies the Matobo Hills Lodge, set in its own private game reserve bordering Matobo Hills National park itself. It’s luxurious thatch and stone lodges are built on a huge granite dome overlooking the beautiful and distinctive Maleme Valley where stone age paintings adorn silent caves and where rhino, giraffe and zebra still wander.
Tucked away into an ancient bushman's shelter, Camp Amalinda's charm will
leave an indelible impression on even the most intrepid traveler. The
granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills, echo the essence of
tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa. Mammal and bird species are
prolific and include the highest concentration of leopard and Black Eagle
in the world, as well as a healthy population of endangered Black Rhino.
Activities include game viewing by vehicle, on foot and horseback. Visits to the famous tomb of Cecil John Rhodes. Hiking to Bushman paintings and caves. Tours to a traditional African homesteads.