Matobo National Park

An enchanting piece of Zimbabwe

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Step back in time to the Jurassic age…

Rich in history and culture and spanning over 44,000 hectares, Matobo National Park is an area of international renown. Uniquely decorated by a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out of the solid granite plateau through millions of years of erosion and weathering; in amongst landscapes like these, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Jurassic age.

Unsurprisingly, this majestic and rugged terrain is a hiker’s paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife. What’s more, the region is rich in human history, starting with Bushmen 2,000 years ago: they have left brilliantly-preserved rock paintings and a valuable collection of rock art, which can be seen on the cave walls and also in the small museum.

What might just be your favourite aspect of Matobo, however, is the Intensive Protection Zone, where a large population of Black and White Rhinoceros are successfully breeding. To spot one of these endangered creatures is truly humbling and the efforts going into their revival is inspiring.

Beyond the rhinoceros, you can expect to see zebra, giraffe, leopard, hyena, hippo, warthog, waterbuck, wildcat, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons, monkey…the list goes on. And if you look to the skies, you’ve got a fantastic chance of spotting black eagles, as well as an incredible variety of other bird life. Yet another UNESCO wonderland.

Wildlife

Apart from the rhinoceros, you can expect to see zebra, giraffe, leopard, hyena, hippo, warthog, waterbuck, wildcat, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons, monkey in Motopos.

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Season Information

Find out the best times to visit the Matobo National Park.

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January is the green season in Matobo National Park. The landscape is a lush green, the dams are full, and the birdlife is plentiful. While some areas in Matobo National Park are hard to access due to the heavy rains, all the main roads are tarred and can be driven on throughout the year. Temperatures during January range from 27°C during the day to 15°C at night.

Plan your Safari

February is the green season in Matobo National Park. The landscape is a lush green, the dams are full, and the birdlife is plentiful.  While some areas in Matobo National Park are hard to access due to the heavy rains heavy rains, all the main roads are tarred and can be driven on throughout the year. Temperatures during February range from 27°C during the day to 15°C at night.

Plan your Safari

March is the green season in Matobo National Park. The landscape is a lush green, the dams are full, and the birdlife is plentiful.  Whilst some parts of Matobo National Park are hard to access, due to the heavy rains, all the main roads are tarred and can be driven on throughout the year. Temperatures during March range from 27°C during the day to 14°C at night.

Plan your Safari

April marks the start of the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures during April range from 26°C during the day to 12°C at night.

Plan your Safari

May is the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures during May range from 23°C during the day to a cold 7°C at night.

Plan your Safari

June is the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures during June range from 21°C during the day to a cold 4°C at night.

Plan your Safari

July is the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures during July range from 21°C during the day to a cold 4°C at night.

Plan your Safari

August is the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures during August range from 24°C during the day to a cold 6°C at night.

Plan your Safari

September is the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Temperatures start to warm up during September, ranging from 28°C during the day to 11°C at night.

Plan your Safari

October is the end of the dry season in Matobo National Park. It is an ideal time to explore the rock formations in the area and track the rhinoceroses along the park’s many paths. The dry season is also a great time to enjoy long hikes through the Matobo caves which contain ancient San rock paintings. Afternoon rain showers start to occur towards the end of the month, revitalising the vegetation and bringing much needed water to the animals in the area. Temperatures start to warm up during October, ranging from 29°C during the day to 14°C at night.

Plan your Safari

November is the start of the green season in Matobo National Park. The landscape is a lush green, the dams are full, and the birdlife is plentiful.  Whilst some parts of Matobo National Park are hard to access, due to the heavy rains, all the main roads are tarred and can be driven on throughout the year. Temperatures during November range from 28°C during the day to 15°C at night.

Plan your Safari

December is the green season in Matobo National Park. The landscape is a lush green, the dams are full, and the birdlife is plentiful.  Whilst some parts of Matobo National Park are hard to access, due to the heavy rains, all the main roads are tarred and can be driven on throughout the year. Temperatures during December range from 27°C during the day to 16°C at night.

Plan your Safari