It feels like time has forgotten this tranquil oasis
The majestic open land stretched out beyond us is breath-taking. You can see why Cecil Rhodes referred to it as “World’s View”.
You almost feel you could see the earth curving, in the far distance.
View across Matobo National Park
A short hop
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We took the circular route through Matobo National Park, as we knew this would include incredible scenery and also pick up Cecil Rhodes’s last resting place. Although the landscape is stunning throughout.
It gives such a calming feel, perhaps it’s the round shapes and the unbelievable enormity of some of them. You almost feel that with a little nudge, and they would topple over.
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Whilst on the circular route we saw a sign for White Rhino cave paintings, so, we just had to go and take a peek. Parked up, we headed into the bush to take a look.
Climb up to the White Rhino cave paintings
Obviously, these weren’t just going to be on the roadside, so a climb ensued. The walk wasn’t too bad as the rocks had been placed strategically to create some sort of steps. Even if the rock paintings weren’t there, the view from the top of the hill was stunning and certainly worth the climb.
Bushmen – cave painting
Faint outline of White Rhino
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Given more time
We spent some time soaking up the view from a high and then carried on around the park, taking in more of the spectacular rock formations.
The view near the cave painting
Perched high on World’s View
I must agree the views from this location in the park across the landscape beyond are beautiful, we just stood there trying to take it all in. Rhodes’s grave was on the highest point and laid amongst huge granite boulders that almost encompassed the tomb.
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Back on route
Driving further on we veered off the route to visit a dam and took an off-road option. For this part of the trail, you definitely needed a 4x4, and even then, parts were pretty rough terrain.
However, not to sound too repetitive, the park was beautiful. It would have been better if there had been more lay-bys to stop at and enjoy the surroundings. But, hey there were quite a few picnic spots.
An agama lizard
Getting to Bulawayo and Matobo National Park
Of course, you can fly, but where is the fun in that?
From Harare the drive is around 6 hours (270 miles/433km), there are 5 tolls along the way to Bulawayo, at a charge of two Zimbabwe Bond each (around 50p in 2019). Also a few police roadblocks, which tend to be stopping the laden down commuter buses.
It may seem to be a long journey, but you see so much of the countryside and locals along the way, and you get to experience a bit of what Zimbabwean life is about.
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