Matopos, also known as Matobo National Park is an area just south of Zimbabwe's second biggest city, Bulawayo. Matopos is famous for several reasons, the first of which you will notice is the landscape. The landscape is made up of large granite domed rocky outcrops, known as inselbergs or koppies. Climbing to the top of one of this koppies offers fabulous views across this other-wordly landscape. The area is rich in history, being the sight of many battles between indigenous Zimbabweans and white settlers looking to expand northwards from South Africa. On top of one of these granite koppies, called World's View, you will find the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, a highly controversial man who played a large role in the founding of Zimbabwe. Hidden elsewhere in caves formed by the koppies, you will find cave paintings thousands of years old, painted by the first inhabitants of this area.
Today, Matobo National Park is known as the best place in Zimbabwe to find black rhinos and one of the only places where you can track them on foot. Anybody looking to tick the Big 5 off should make a journey to Matobo National Park for an enrich wildlife and cultural experience
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