Zimbabwe - Matobo Hills National Park
Matobo National Park occupies a total area of 44,500 hectares.
Established in 1953, the Park was awarded Unesco World Heritage Status in June 2003. The Park includes an Intensive Protection Zone where a large population of black and white rhinoceros are successfully breeding. The Park offers a diverse package of tourist attractions and activities.
The park is situated in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering. The majestic and rugged terrain of the park is a hiker's paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. Matobo meaning 'bald heads' was the name chosen for the area by the great Ndebele King, Mzilikazi, who is buried in the Matobo Hills just a short distance from the park. The Matobo area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.