Taking you way back…
Matopos is rich in the History of Zimbabwe. The area was first inhabited by the San hunter-gatherers also known as the bushmen and later became occupied by the Ndebele State led by their King Mzilikazi from Zulu Land in South Africa. The Ndebele State spread its influence in the southern part of the country and had its capital in present day Bulawayo.
The British led by Cecil John Rhodes then occupied this area, taking control of the resources owned by the Ndebele State ,in the process clashing in some fierce battles. Eventually ,the British succeeded in taking over the land and went on to occupy the whole country ,which is present day
Matopos National Park has become a beacon in conservation efforts to sustain the dwindling population of the Black and White Rhino which has
been driven close to extinction through poaching. It is one of the Parks in the region with a significant population of Rhino left. Matopos has a lot more to offer in education and fun to the visitor than can be imagined. Just a one day trip to Matopos will give a priceless experience to the keen visitor.
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Matopos has many different species of flora and fauna which can be viewed on a drive through the park.
Of more importance is the black and white Rhino which are under intensive conservation in this Park because of its dwindling population being caused by the illegal poaching of the animal for its horn. Other inhabitants of the park are black eagle, leopard and many other animal species.
Matopos has some well preserved cave paintings that have endured for many years from the Stone-Age up to today.
The San hunter-gatherers commonly known as Bushman, inhabited these
natural caves and recorded major events in their daily lives by painting them on the cave walls.
Matobo, meaning “bald heads” has some precariously balancing rock formations that have been slowly molded over
millions of years by natural weathering elements that cause exfoliation of the rock.
Some of these balancing rocks are so surreal, one could easily think they would fall at the passing of a breeze.
The Grave of Cecil John Rhodes
Cecile John Rhodes, the British pioneer who had a dream to spread the influence of the British Empire from Cape to Cairo made Matopos his home.
This land was so dear to him that he wrote in his will that when he died, he wished to be buried in solid rock on a scenic rock that he named the Worlds View because of its breath taking views.