World’s Largest Granite Outcrop with the highest density per square kilometer of Leopard and Black Eagle
The Matopos National Park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2003 and includes an Intensive Protection Zone where small populations of white and black rhino are safely breeding.
The National Park is part of the Matopos Hills region which is the largest granite outcrop in the world with spectacular balancing rock formations, domes and spires of solid granite, and is home to a wide variety of animals, including cheetah, hippo, crocodiles, giraffe, sable, wildebeest, zebra, etc and Africa’s largest concentration of leopard. The Park is also famous for it’s large concentration of the majestic Black Eagle.
Human history spans from the Bushmen, who adorned the rocks with spectacular rock art, much of which has been well preserved, and later the Ndebele people, who considered the hills sacred. The bald-heads of the Ndebele Tribes-people gave the hills their name (Matopo being the Ndebele word for ‘bald heads’).
The grave of Cecil John Rhodes can be found at the a vantage point called ‘World’s View’ looking out over the rugged hills and forested valleys, and the park can be explored freely on foot, unlike many game reserve in Africa.