Bulawayo and Matopos National Park: The City of Kings and the Hills of Spirits

Do you want to explore the cultural and historical heritage of Zimbabwe? Do you want to witness the stunning rock formations and ancient cave paintings of the Matobo Hills? Do you want to encounter the diverse wildlife and scenery of the Matopos National Park? Then you should visit Bulawayo and Matopos National Park, the city of kings and the hills of spirits.


Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe, located in the south-west of the country. It is known as the City of Kings, because it was the capital of the Ndebele Kingdom founded by King Mzilikazi in the 19th century. You can learn about the history and culture of the Ndebele people at the Bulawayo National Museum, which displays a variety of artefacts, costumes, weapons and artworks. You can also visit the Khami Ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the capital of the Torwa State from the 15th to the 17th century.


Matopos National Park is located about 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Bulawayo, covering an area of 424 square kilometres (164 square miles). It is known as the Hills of Spirits, because it contains the Matobo Hills, a range of granite kopjes and wooded valleys that are sacred to the local people. The hills are also home to some of the best examples of rock art in Africa, dating back to over 13,000 years ago. You can admire these paintings at sites such as Nswatugi Cave, Silozwane Cave and Pomongwe Cave. Matopos National Park is also a wildlife paradise, with over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds. It has one of the largest populations of white and black rhinos in Africa, as well as other animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes and zebras. You can enjoy game drives, walking safaris, canoe safaris and fishing trips in the park. You can also visit the grave of Cecil Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia, who chose to be buried at World’s View, a spectacular lookout point over the hills.


Bulawayo and Matopos National Park are places that will inspire you and enrich your knowledge of Zimbabwe’s past and present. They are places where you can experience the beauty and diversity of Africa’s nature and culture. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit Bulawayo and Matopos National Park, the City of Kings and the Hills of Spirits. Book your trip today!