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Matobo Hills

Matobo Hills are ancient granite formations of balancing boulders, or kopjes as the locals call them, which stand in the middle of a flat and dry landscape. Matobo Hills is of great historical and spiritual significance to Zimbabwe, as they house artifacts dating back thousands of years. The local Ndebele claim this land as a sacred shrine and still pray to Mwali to petition for rain.

Today, this park is best known for its black and white rhino population and has been designated an Intensive Preservation Zone for their protection. Due to its high concentrations of birdlife, many bird lovers “flock” to this area in search of some of the world’s most fascinating species. In addition to birding, Zimbabwe safari tour visitors also have the opportunity to witness large game, including antelope, zebra, giraffe, leopard, impala, and many other animals.

Individuals on a Zimbabwe safari vacation will undoubtedly also be fascinated by Matobo’s famous rock art, which is the work of Bushmen who lived in this region for thousands of years. The rock art found here depicts humans playing, running, hunting, and dancing, in magnificent detail. Some experts suggest these paintings date back to nearly 20,000 years ago.