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Matobo Hills National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 20 miles south of the city of Bulawayo. The park is home to the Matobo Hills, an ancient granite wilderness that is one of the most beautiful and interesting landscapes in Zimbabwe. These massive gravity-defying granite outcrops have been shaped by the elements into an intriguing and wonderful “balancing rock” landscape. With more than 2000 sites of San (Bushman) rock art, Matobo Hills is an area of great spiritual, cultural, and historical significance.

While Matobo Hills is not a classic Big 5 destination, it is home to a wide variety of animal species, including numerous species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, rock dassies, waterbuck, wildcat, springhare, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons and monkeys. The park is famous for its large concentration of black eagles and its successful rhino breeding program.

Travelers can take part in the horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and boating, in addition to exploring the many caves decorated with Bushmen art.

Camp Amalinda and Big Cave are two of our favorite properties in Matobo Hills.

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