Denny Averill
Denny Averill

DENNY AVERILL recommends Matobo National Park once you’ve  done the Victoria Falls

Head up to World’s View – Malindidzimu Hill – for a view over the park where multi-coloured lichens, lush grasses, colourful lizards on rocks create a Salvadore Dali dreamscape. Natural sculptures, such as Mother and Child, a set of balancing rocks appear to defy gravity and stone paintings are among the world’s oldest.

Colourful lizards on rocks create a Salvadore Dali dreamscape
Colourful lizards on rocks create a Salvadore Dali dreamscape

Rhino, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, baboon, crocodile, hippo, hyena, and leopard live here amid a diversity of birds from black eagles to Egyptian geese.

Camps include Maleme, Mtsheleli, Mwesilume, Toghwana, Arboretum, Sandy Spruit, or Lake Matopos.

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Leopard on the look-out!

Privately-owned border camps Amalinda, Matobo Ingwe Lodge and Big Cave famous for its natural rock pool, all offer horse riding and easy access to Park itself. Private guides make it worth the extra investment.

Overseas vistors should start in Cape Town and make their way up to Victoria Falls and onto Matobo National Park via Johannesburg and some of South Africa’s world-class game reserves.