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MATOPOS HILLS [Zimbabwe]

The Matopos Hills comprise an extraordinary collection of huge bare granite hills with gravity-defying boulders scattered all over the countryside to create a quite unique and rather mysterious landscape.

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The most spectacular areas are within the Matopos National Park.  The local Matabele people call it Malindidzimu (the place of ancestor spirits). The national park is famous for its outstanding views, San (bushman) painted caves, wildlife  and as the chosen burial place of Cecil Rhodes who named his favourite spot World's View. 
 
The Hills cover an area of about 3100 square kilometres, of which 440 km is National Park, the remainder being largely communal land and a small proportion of commercial farmland. Part of the national park is set aside as a Fun Park, which has been stocked with game including black and white rhinoceros. This covers some 100 km of beautiful scenery including some spectacular balancing rocks and impressive views along the Mpopoma river Valley. The Matobo Hills were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. The area "exhibits a profusion of distinctive rock landforms rising above the granite shield that covers much of Zimbabwe".


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Best time for visiting Matopos Hills

best time: May - October / good time: March - April

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