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Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park

Matobo, joked King Mzilikazi, is translated as Bald Heads

You can discover the fascinating rock art created several years ago...

...and enjoy the views from the ‘World’s View’.

The national park is also one of the best places in the country to see Rhino.

Matobo National Park

Reviews of safaris to Matobo National Park

37 holiday reviews from our travellers of holidays which include Matobo.

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Mrs J
Somerset

"My Sep 2022 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 14 Sep 2022 and 27 Sep 2022
"At last after 2 years of cancellations and delays we made it!
Wonderful trip for 6 close friends, thank you Tom for all the arrangements and advice.
Great decision to have 2 game lodges with a slightly different experience separating them.
We loved Zimbabwe and felt totally safe travelling there." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 11 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mrs A.
Wells

"My Sep 2022 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 14 Sep 2022 and 27 Sep 2022
"This was a trip of a lifetime, made possible by careful and thoughtful planning by Tom.
We would have not experienced something like this if Tom had not made my wife and I extremely confident about the expertise of Expert Africa, and they exceeded our expectations beyond imagination.
Tom and Expert Africa would be my first choice for any trip like this in the future." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 11 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr + Mrs M
Oxford

"My Sep 2022 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 8 Sep 2022 and 14 Sep 2022
"This was a wonderful trip and delighted we went. We had no concerns at any point about safety. We were greeted with such appreciation from everyone we met and all went out of their way to make our stay as memorable as possible.

I am especially grateful to Megan who pulled the trip together at relatively short notice!

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, everything was very efficiently organised and happened as we had been informed." Read full review: 6 nights in Africa; 6 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr and Mrs U.
UK

"My Aug 2022 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 4 Aug 2022 and 17 Aug 2022
"We decided to go to Africa a little late in the day, to be honest, which limited our options somewhat. But I called Expert Africa at the recommendation of a friend who had travelled with them and immediately felt that Tom was realistic yet optimistic that we could make a great holiday.

I knew pretty much where we wanted to go but he pieced it all together beautifully and when we got Zimbabwe, everything worked like clockwork. I couldn't fault any of the process, from first conversation, through our holiday and back home.

Zimbabwe was wonderful; varied, fascinating and so full of smiling, enthusiastic locals. There is so much to do here in such contrasting landscapes, it makes for a great holiday, especially with kids who don't want to drive around looking for animals for too many days at a time. Vic Falls is stunning and has ample opportunity to scare and delight,

Matobo is beautiful, especially with the evening sun on the rocks, and Hwange is a great safari destination that feels somehow quite intimate without the hoards of safari vehicles you get in other parks. All in all an amazing holiday!

Thank you!

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You were great! Especially since Tom went off on a trip just as we were tying things up, but others jumped in and sorted the final bits so I felt well supported. And good to talk to Tom on his return too!

Many thanks." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 11 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Dr D
Salisbury

"Vic Falls, Hwange and Motobos Sept 19"

I visited Zimbabwe between 18 Sep 2019 and 1 Oct 2019
"Truly a holiday of a lifetime. Excellent programme put together by Freddie Sutton and Tom Morris, with a range of experiences from colonial splendour in the Vic Falls Hotel, to the ultimate bush camp experience at Hwange Bush Camp and the startling architectural wonder in a stunning location at Amalinda in the Motobos.

Expert Africa are very much the experts - highly recommended." Read full review: 13 nights in Africa; 11 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs R
Hants

"Stunning Zimbabwe"

I visited Zimbabwe between 8 Sep 2019 and 22 Sep 2019
"A fantastic 2 week trip.

Hardly another vehicle to be seen whilst on safari, great wildlife sightings, excellent accommodation and superb guides." Read full review: 14 nights in Africa; 12 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
B family
Surrey

"My Sep 2019 trip"

I visited Zimbabwe between 6 Sep 2019 and 22 Sep 2019
"It was an excellent trip. We were more interested in behaviours and walking than in counting animals, so sorry for not filling in those details.

Amalinda promised a lot, but fell short on delivery. Verneys has too many elephants fighting for not much water, but the camp design and massive family tents were impressive.

Vundu is a class act with beautiful surroundings and a very well run camp." Read full review: 16 nights in Africa; 13 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs J,
Edinburgh

"August 2019 - exceeded all expectations"

I visited Zimbabwe and 1 other country between 29 Aug 2019 and 16 Sep 2019
"We loved ever second of our trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The game viewing in both countries vastly exceeded all expectations, with Chobe providing some very special highlights, while Hwange gave us a real sense of the space, variety and beauty Zimbabwe has to offer. The Matopos were also a great way to finish, giving us time to relax and really enjoy a beautiful landscape. We couldn't be happier with the schedule you suggested - just perfect!

Many thanks for all your guidance, support and help - so very much appreciated!" Read full review: 18 nights in Africa; 11 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Mr & Mrs M
Weymouth

"Trip of a lifetime"

I visited Kenya and 4 other countries between 24 Jun 2019 and 7 Aug 2019
"We have been to Africa before with Expert Africa and we knew what we wanted to see this time.

We then spent a long time with Richard Trillo and his team discussing options and then left it to him to put together an extended trip to hopefully tick all the boxes on our wish list.

ALL BOXES TICKED, this was a fantastic journey through 5 African countries, we have seen and experienced so much, so a VERY BIG THANK YOU to Expert Africa for arranging this for us.

Suggestions to help us improve our trips or our service:

No, just carry on doing what you're doing now - it would be very hard to improve what you're already doing so well." Read full review: 44 nights in Africa; 17 on a Kenya safari
Overall trip
Excellent
Andy & Karen
Malvern

"Flavour of Zimbabwe"

I visited Zimbabwe between 24 Jun 2019 and 5 Jul 2019
"As Zimbabwe emerges from recent troubles we wanted to visit three of its classic locations of Matopo, Hwange and Mana Pools. We were particularly hopeful of seeing Painted Dog, although sadly this was not to be.

Matopo has some fabulous scenery, history and was a place to track rhino on foot - tick to all three. Rhino with calf was a highlight. It also gave us our best ever sighting of Elephant Shrew at Rhodes Grave! The National Park, however, has little game and incursions from cattle and humans are common. Locals roam the whole park on foot cutting grass for sale. It is still worth a visit and arguable needs more visitors to recover, so I’d still include it if you can.

Hwange with its pumped water holes and huge elephant population delivered more classic sightings, and a pride of lions with 6 cubs provided entertainment on all our game drives. Good antelope including Sable and Roan with huge buffalo herd of 500 plus were also a highlight. The open areas and mixed forest gave good variety to habitats.

Mana Pools was in drought in June so maybe not at its best. We were surprised at the number of self drivers and campers, some of whom are clearly not controlled effectively by the NP staff (much to the frustration of guides). No off road but you can off walk so great encounter with lions on a kill on foot was the highlight. If this is the jewel in the crown for Zimbabwe then it’s a little disappointing - at times it felt like a safari park - particularly as the unique environment offers so much.

Versus other neighbouring safari destinations, Zimbabwe still has some catching up to do if it is to return to its previous premier ranking. The amazing teams at African Bush Camps certainly warrant a visit." Read full review: 11 nights in Africa; 9 on a Zimbabwe safari
Overall trip
Good
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Where to stay in Matobo

Our suggestions for safari camps in Matobo National Park


Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

Imaginatively built into the massive granite kopjes of the Matobo Hills, Amalinda offers unique scenery, layered with history, and rhino tracking.


96% (36 reviews)
Big Cave Camp

Big Cave Camp

Located on the top of a granite whaleback, Big Cave makes a simple base from which to explore Matobo Hills National Park.


80% (1 review)
Khayelitshe House

Khayelitshe House

In a private reserve bordering the Matobo National Park, Khayelitshe House is an exclusive private house in a remote & less visited area of Zimbabwe.


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