The oldest national park in Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park is 50 km to the south of Bulawayo, surrounding the dramatic Matopos Hills granite outcrop or kopjes.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK
LOCATION

Matobo National Park is approximately 485 km southeast from Victoria Falls and Livingstone, which typically takes 5 hours to drive on national route roads. It is also possible to fly to Bulawayo Airport, to drive south from Harare, or east from the Ramokgwebana Border Post with Botswana. Speak to one of our experienced tour operators about how to include Matobo National Park in your travel itinerary in Africa’s Eden.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK
SIZE & MAIN ATTRACTIONS

Matobo National Park is relatively compact at 445 sq.km. However, while small compared to other parks, it is blessed with striking granite outcrops and ancient cultural resources, including a series of rock paintings. Being close to Bulawayo, it is very accessible, with numerous accommodation and activity options to choose from. Wildlife resources have been impacted by poaching over recent years, but visitors will see occasional game animals during a visit, and if lucky hyena, leopard and cheetah. Birdwatching is particularly good at Matobo National Park, with multiple raptor species patrolling the skies for prey.

Birdlife is best observed during the wet season (November to April), which is also an excellent time to see any young animals that will have been born as the rains begin falling. The dry season – April to October is best in terms of weather conditions, with clear skies and moderate but not hot days. However, temperatures can drop to single digits overnight. This time of year is also best for game viewing as vegetation is less dense, and animals tend to visit watering holes and rivers to drink, improving your chances of a sighting.

Gate Times: 08h00 to 16h30

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Day visitor local USD 3
  • Accommodated local USD 2
  • Day visitor SADC USD 12
  • Accommodated SADC USD 6
  • Day visitor International USD 15
  • Accommodated USD 8

Fees: https://www.zimparks.org.zw/about-us/conservation-fees-2/

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK

SAFARI LODGES, CAMPSITES, SELF-CATERING & MORE

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK
PARKS, CAMPS & WILDLIFE