Matobo National Park

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About Matobo National Park

The Matobo National Park is right in the middle of the Matobo Hills area in Zimbabwe”s second largest city. The area was declared a National Park in 1926. It is a beautiful, but little visited area that’s easily reached either by road from either Bulawayo or Hwange National Park. This rugged landscape receives better rainfall than the surrounding areas. As a result it can sustain a high diversity of vegetation and a variety of faunal species.


  • Game Drives
  • Birdwatching
  • Photography Safaris
  • Historical Tour
  • Rhino Tracking
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Hills Climbing
  • Walking Safaris

Wildlife viewing in Matobo National Park is at its best during the middle and end of the Dry season, from June to October, when animals stick close to water sources and the bush is thinner. The scenery is most impressive in the Wet season, from November to March, when vegetation is at its greenest and skies are crisp. Birding is also best over November to April, when migrant birds are present and many resident species go into breeding plumage.

Climate and Weather

Matobo National Park’s weather is temperate and fair. The warmest period is from October to March. From April to September it’s cooler during the day and it can get very cold at night in the midwinter months of May to July. The Dry season (April to October) is made up of clear, sun-filled days. During the Wet season (November to March), afternoon showers are common.

Dry Season

  • April – This is the start of the Dry season but there might still be sporadic rain. It also starts to cool down in April and early morning game drives in open vehicles can be cold.
  • May, June, July & August – These are cooler and drier months. Daytime temperatures are very pleasant at around 21°C/70°F, but it gets cold at night and in the early morning, with average temperatures of 8°C/46°F. Warm winter clothing is essential for early morning game drives.
  • September & October – With the exception of late October (the hottest month) and the arrival of the rainy season, these two months are dry. It gets warmer during the day, with temperatures reaching over 28°C/82°F.

Wet Season

  • November – It rains steadily now, though not every day.
  • December, January & February – These are the wettest months, with rain typically falling on three or four days a week. Showers are mostly short, and they rarely last all day, with the sun coming out afterward. Daytime temperatures average 28°C/82°F while night and early morning average 15°C/59°F.
  • March – The rains slow down. Temperatures average between 28°C/82°F and 14°C/57°F during the daytime and nighttime respectively.