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Matobo Park Overview

The park of international acclaim occupies a total area of 44 500 hectares . Established in 1953, the park was awarded World Heritage Status in June 2003. The park is an Intensive Protection Zone for endangered black and white rhinocerous. The park offers a diverse package of tourist attractions and activities.

The park is rich in cultural history which is resembled in numerous cultural and historical sites. The park is located 34 kilometres south of Bulawayo along the Kezi / Maphisa road. The main road to Maleme is tarred while all other park roads are gravel and mostly in good condition.

The park is well known for its unique balancing rock features with the popular “mother and child” balancing rocks.

There are curio souvenir sales crafted by the local communities around the park.

The park has a quiet and unpolluted environment idea for outdoor outings with friends, family, schools, churches, and corporates

The park is excellent for educational trips for schools, colleges and universities. The park is rich in history, geography and tourism aspects for students learning.


Featured Attractions

1. Unique balancing rocks in the park.

2. The Grave of Cecil John Rhodes

3. Wildlife and flora and fauna

4. Cultural villages and community craft centres


Maleme lodges for self catering accommodation. The Maleme has 23 facilities, 3 executive, 15 standard self contained lodges and 5 chalets with communal ablutions. Facilities have a capacity of 80 guests at full capacity. There     are kiosks within the park at the entrance points and at Maleme lodges.  For clients communication we have WiFi and entertainment wise we have DSTV at the reception lounge.  Renovations of lodges are in progress with. Zebra   lodge is first one bedroom lodge to be renovated and last done so far.

The park has camping sites that include Maleme, Sandy Spruit, Mtshelele, Togwana and Mesilume


Your answer lies in the Matopo conference centre for all your conferencing needs. Carry capacity is 40 clients, with modern equipment moveable projection screen and projector.


Picnic sites at Sandy Spruit, Maleme, Mtshelele, Mpopoma, Mesilume dams and Rhodes Grave and other  unpopular sites for family, church, corporate and other outings.

Fishing is done in different dams namely, Mpopoma, Maleme, Togwana, Sandy Spruit and Mesilume.

Boat launch is done at Mtshelele Dam. While you are in Matopo you can enjoy our sports facilities from tennis, basketball, volleyball to pool @ Maleme Lodges. Schools and clubs can come for tournaments and practises.

Park Fees


How to get there

The park is located 34 kilometers south of Bulawayo along the Kezi / Maphisa road. The main road to Matopo is tarred while all other park roads are gravel and mostly in good condition.


  • Game viewing – visitors can use tour operator vehicles or their own vehicles. Whovi wild area, a protected game area is home to more than 60 animals’ species and hundreds of birds.


  • Rhino walks – an armed ranger is available on booking at Sandy Spruit, Maleme and white waters offices for a memorable rhino safari experience


  • Fishing – can be done in most dams to those that will have paid fishing fees


  • Boating – privately owned boats are allowed on certain dams


  • Hiking – there is great excitement of climbing the Pomongwe Hill which gives one a good view of the central part of the park.


  • Bird watching – great opportunity to see the several eagle species and other birds.



  • 33 Miler Road Race – unique marathon event that is conducted within the park at particular times of the year.


  • Matobo Heritage Ride – a cycling event that attracts cyclists across Africa is hosted within the park at particular times of the year.

What to take with you

Camping equipment for campers, picnic items, food stuffs. Also useful to take are binoculars and camera.

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