"MATOPOS NATIONAL PARKAbout..." Zimbabwe Favorite Tip by SirRichard
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Favorite thing: <BR><font color=red size=+1>MATOPOS NATIONAL PARK</font><BR>
About one hour south of Bulawayo by road, are the stunning Matopos Hills. Regarded as one of Zimbabwe's major tourist attractions, these famous rocky outcrops extend across 2000 square kilometers of countryside. The massive <font color=red>granite boulders and gigantic rock formations</font> are more than 3,000 million years old, creating an ancient, brooding landscape. <BR>
A focal point is <font color=red>Rhodes Grave</font> (see photo) on the summit of the Hill of Benevolent Spirits. The entire area has great cultural and religious significance for the African people, but Mr. Rhodes considered that his own grave was more important than centuries of religious traditions; since then, locals don't use to come here as often. <BR>
There are hundreds of <font color=red>caves</font>, many of which were home to early man, and rock painting bears testimony to the value of wildlife to the artists. There are sign posted and directions and maps are available. Despite their antiquity, many of the depictions are well preserved and very clear.