UNESCO World Heritage site

Established in 1953 the Matobo National Park, easily accessible from Bulawayo, is situated in the magnificent rugged Matobo Hills, a range of granite kopjes, smooth domes and balancing rock formations that have occurred through millions of years of erosion and weather. The Matobo region has been classified as an UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to a profusion of wildlife, as well as offering a diverse range of attractions and activities. The site of the grave of Cecil Rhodes, is located here, carved out of a solid granite hill and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of massive boulders. This region has great spiritual, historical and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place, together with more than 2000 sites of San (Bushman) rock art. Malaria free, the Park is home to a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhino, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, sable, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, and many more. The rich and diverse bird life includes a large concentration of black eagles.