Top 5 Experiences To Have in The Matobo Hills 2019
The Matobo Hills offers some of the finest scenery in all of Zimbabwe.
The Matobo area also known as the Matopos or Matopo, is Majestic and Mysterious.
Between the Balancing rocks and the Massive domed bald hills, the array and variety of experiences is unparalleled.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Experiences to Have in the Matobo Hills in 2019.
5 – Hike and Sundowners at Rhodes Grave.
A gentle stroll up an inviting rocky incline on the Hill of the Benevolent Spirits is an intriguing adventure on its own. The famous British colonialist, Cecil John Rhodes is buried there. His grave is hewn from solid rock and topped with a simply-inscribed slab of bronze.
It is best to visit this dramtic site at dusk, as the warm golden glow stretches over the hills like a african bushfire. There is an awe-inspiring 360° view in every direction of the Matobo Hills. Rhodes spent many an afternoon pondering life’s great questions at this exact spot which he called “A view of the world.”
While you are at it, be sure to sip on a sundowner as you wind-down the day and enjoy a panoramic view at the top .
4 – Picnic at Mtshelele Dam.
The Matobo Hills is a stunning Panorama of constantly changing landscape with picnic sites available around the area.
Mtshelele dam is one such picnic spot. It is a scenic hidden gem with picnic and camping facilities available.
Getting there requires a one-hour drive on a long and fairly bumpy dirt road but it’s definitely worth it.
It is such a wonderful place to set up for a mid-day picnic or even a canoe ride.
3 – Village Visit.
A trip to visit the local inhabitants of the Silozwe Valley in the Matobo Hills is a cultural treasure for those who wish to learn more about traditional African culture.
Once in the picturesque village, you will be greeted by the friendly head man and treated to traditional African dancing by the talented locals who are proud to give you a tour of the village and their traditionally made homesteads and huts.
Like any community the locals enjoy sharing their culture, beliefs and history. Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a rural Zimbabwean and the joys and hardships of their everyday life. This is as authentic an African experience as you will encounter.
2- Visit Silozwane Cave.
Just the drive to Silozwane Cave makes it worth it! The cave is located outside of the Matobo National Park in the Silozwe rural area. Along the way you will see perfectly set villages nestled amongst the granite wilderness in what is one of the most ravishingly beautiful natural areas anywhere in Zimbabwe.
It must be noted that the cave is quite a long drive and once in the car park, it will be a steep and strenuous 20 to 30 minutes to climb to the top. Reaching the cave does require a certain level of fitness.
Silozwane Cave has some of the best preserved and largest murals of ancient San Bushmen paintings in the Matobo Hills. The cave was also used as the shrine by “Mlimo” the tribal oracle and spiritual leader of the Ndebele people.
The cave boasts a variety of traditional scenes and mind bending murals. Beautiful and delicate paintings of giraffe as well as traditional hunting scenes adorn the walls, if you look closely you will be able to see an intricate sketch of a termite on the northern wall of the cave.
1 – Tracking White Rhino on Foot.
White Rhino are amongst some of the most endangered species on the planet, so it is truly a spine-tingling experience to get up close to these majestic and rare beasts.
The Matobo Hills has one of the last wild, free-roaming Rhino populations anywhere in Africa.
In the presence of a professional guide you will be able to get some amazing photographs to show to your friends whilst also contributing to the protection of these fine animals.
Bonus – Stay at Matobo Hills Lodge.
Matobo Hills Lodge is an authentic Zimbabwe safari lodge full of sunny days and star-studded nights.
With unsurpassed levels of Zimbabwean cuisine and service, a vast array of activities and experiences, this is your perfect safari escape.
Your visit to Matobo Hills Lodge is about you.