​Getting There – Matobo NP

Philip Briggs
By Philip Briggs

Philip has traveled through Zimbabwe several times and is the author of more than 20 guidebooks to various African destinations.

Philip is the Zimbabwe expert for SafariBookings and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Philip is our Zimbabwe expert and author of more than 20 guidebooks to Africa.

Matobo National Park is very accessible from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. The main entrance gate lies about 30km/19mi south of town along a decent surfaced road. The drive takes around 40 minutes. Within the park, the 12km/7mi road from the entrance south to Rhodes’ grave can be traveled in any car, but a high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required to reach Nswatugi Cave or to explore Whovi Wilderness Area.

The main point of entry into Zimbabwe is Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), near the town of Victoria Falls. It is possible to drive to Matobo from Victoria Falls. The distance is 540km/336mi and the drive takes about 6½ hours*.

Alternatively, you can fly to Harare’s Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) and fly or drive from there. Your safari package will, in most cases, include pickup at the airport or hotel by your local tour operator, along with further travel arrangements. There are regular scheduled flights to Bulawayo’s Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ), but not to Matobo.

*Driving times are only a rough indication. You should always consider the possibility of significant delays.

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Airlines & Ticket Prices

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Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Zimbabwe page to learn more about passport, visa, COVID-19 and other entry requirements.

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