Matobo National Park

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About Matobo National Park

Matobo National Park has huge scenic appeal with balancing granite rocks towering above the plains. Overall, the park offers reasonable wildlife viewing, but lion and elephant are absent. Several well-preserved bushman rock-art sites are open to the public.

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425km² / 164mi²
Altitude: help
1,122-1,526m / 3,681-5,007ft
Pros and Cons
  • Dramatic rock landscape
  • Great birding destination, especially for raptors
  • Excellent rock-art
  • Good park for self-drive
  • Accommodation options for different budgets available
  • Limited variety of safari animals without elephant and lion
  • Small park with limited road network


Matobo has no lions or elephant, but white rhino is spotted quite regularly. This park has Africa's largest concentration of leopard, which love to move around the rocky outcrops (kopjies) at dusk and dawn. Another animal associated with kopjies is the klipspringer, which is often found in pairs hopping from rock to rock.
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The scenery is dominated by two types of rock formations. Huge, smooth, grey granite whaleback hills rise up from the plains. Even more dramatic are the balancing piles of angular shaped rocks- which look like a giant child's toys carefully stacked on top of each other.

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By ernst schade from PortugalPT

Matabo is a great destination, scenic wise. We stayed at the Shumba Shaba Lodge in a spectacular setting.

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