15Feb

Matobo Hills : World Heritage Site

Location:Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
The area has great archaeological, historical and spiritual significance.
Date of inscription : 2003

Matobo Hills
Matobo Hills world heritage site

Historical

The Matobo Hills has one of the highest concentrations of rock art in Southern Africa.

Archaeology and the rock paintings provide an insight into the interaction between the Stone age communities and the landscape they inhabited and is also representative of religious traditions.

Matobo Hills
rock art paintings
Matobo Hills Zimbabwe
examples of San rock art
world heritage site Matobos
rock art

The Mwari religion, centred on Matoba, which may date back to the Iron Age, is the most powerful oracular tradition in southern Africa.

Matobos Hills landscape
granite boulders

Matobo Landscape

world heritage site Matobos
the balancing rocks of the Matopos

imagine huge granite masses which have been split, sculpted and shaped by time and weather, huge boulders randomly piled high on top of one another.

Scan the horizon for 3000 sq. kilometres and you are looking at the Matobos.

National Park Matopos
huge boulders as far as the eye can see

Matobo Hills

This sacred area is also the resting place of Cecil John Rhodes and the grave of Mzilikazi.

grave memorial
memorial to Shangaan Patrol

There is a high density ofbirdlifein the Matobo Hills National park including raptors such as the Black Eagle, Wahlbergs eagle, the Tawny eagle, Peregrine and Lanner falcons.

Black shouldered kites, snake eagle, little sparrow hawk are also to be found.

Matopos landscape
huge rock formations

tourist attractions in Bulawayo

  • Art Gallery
  • Centenary and Central Parks (putting green, miniature railway
  • City Halls and Gardens (flower sellers, basket and crochet work)
  • Hillside Dams
  • Cycle and Bike Hire
  • Horse riding safaris
  • Jairos Jiri craft Shop
  • Khame Ruins
  • Matobos Hills
  • Museum of Natural History (well worth a visit)
  • Railway Museum (steam locomotives, rolling stock – a MUST for the steam enthusiast)
  • Tshabalala Game Sanctuary (good birdlife and small dam)