The Matobo National Park lies 21 miles south of Bulawayo in southern Zimbabwe. It is a small accessible game park which contains some of the region’s most interesting scenery.
The park is situated in the Matobo Hills (meaning “Bald Heads”) - a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been formed out of the granite plateau through millions of years of erosion. The rock formations look like manmade sculptures, rather than naturally occurring phenomena. A good example is the “Mother and child Kopje”. The surrounding land is communal with a small proportion of farmland.
The park has long been rhino territory and is well populated with black and white rhinoceros. Other inhabitants include wildebeest, eland, kudu, leopard, hyena, hippo, cheetah, giraffe, crocodiles, sable, and baboons. The birdlife is equally diverse with large concentrations of black eagles as well as fish eagle, pied crow, Egyptian geese, weavers, martial eagle and secretary bird. The black eagles are an incredibly common site – often seen riding the thermals, in search of prey or sitting on the kopjes. The rivers are teeming with fish and species such as bream, bass, catfish and bottle fish are common place.