The Matobo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists in two areas; one is a game park and the other is a recreational park. In most parks, I manage to present you nice pictures of animals, but this time I practically didn't see any animal. Thus, I will show the next best thing; pictures of rocks.
I am not joking, this park is famous for its granite rock formations and offers some majestic scenery. All those pretty rocks also hide a superb treasure of rock paintings. I spent several days exploring the park and hiking to go see some caves where one can find magnificent paintings dating from 3 000 to 10 000 years. These paintings have been done by the San people; the same people that have drawn the rock paintings that I showed you in the sections about Botswana and Namibia.
This hill, also named 'World's View', is where Cecil Rhodes has been laid to rest according to his wishes. This business and political man owned a big part of Zimbabwe and in its time, the region was called Rhodesia since he was the founder of the country. Rhodes became rich by exploiting the mining resources of the country such as diamond through the company he founded: the British South African Company. You will notice that the name Cecil Rhodes will appear a few times. He was also present in the Nyanga Park, among other places.
Hidden on the side of this hill is the Bambata Cave. I have explored this area for hours in order to successfully find the location of this cave.
Even though these paintings are partly destroyed, the pictures are somewhat astonishing. Don't forget that these drawing have been made more than 3 000 years ago.
The quality of the paintings in this cave is impressive.
This cave was quite a walk. The total round-trip distance should have been 16 km. Since the trail was poorly indicated, I wandered around in the hills and I finally managed to find the cave. Instead of the anticipated 16 km, I ended up walking more than 22 km. Fortunately I have a GPS to find my way around.