Lake Kariba

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Lake Kariba

Huge granite masses – seamed, split, shaped and sculptured by time and the elements – form an array of giant whalebacks and castellated kopjes that cover 3000 square kilometers of Matabeleland South Province. Much of the country’s history has been written and played out within the confines of the Matobo Hills – from the time thousands of years ago when ancient bushmen used the granite faces as a canvas for their unique and extraordinary art, to more recent times, when black and white met in war and peace.

These are the Matobo Hills, located south of Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Forty thousand years ago the caves and crevices carved out of these rocks became home to Zimbabwe’s earliest inhabitants, the “San”. Twenty thousand years later “San” artists began painting on the walls of caves and rock shelters, using special pigments and natural minerals that have survived the onslaught of climate and time.

Many caves contain superb galleries of Bushman paintings, one of which is Bambata, located no more than 10km from Big Cave Camp. Other Bushman paintings may be seen on the private wilderness in secluded caves and rock shelters.

Today the Matobo Hills are a place of peace; however this area is still held in reverential awe by local communities and ceremonies continue to be performed to assist in the making of rain.



  • Game Viewing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Adventure Races
  • Yoga & Wellness
  • Cultural Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Rhodes Grave
  • Worlds View
  • Rock Art Galleries

Accomodation Facilities






Architecture Tour

Discover more about Richard Meier’s architecture and the design of the Getty Center site in this 45-minute tour.

Collection Highlights Tour

This one-hour tour provides an overview of major works from the Museum’s collection. Meet at the Information Desk.

Exhibition Tour: Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

In this exhibition tour, become an eyewitness to some of the most magnificent ceremonies and dramatic events of 18th-century Europe, as they are represented by Panini, Canaletto, Bellotto, Guardi and other master painters of the time. Meet at the Information Desk.

Garden Tour

Designed and conceived by artist Robert Irwin, the Central Garden is the focus of this 45-minute tour.



Kariba Fishing Tournament

The Matopos 33 Miler was first run in 1963, along much the same route as being used today, and is the only ultra-marathon in Zimbabwe. The race starts in the magnificent Matobo National Park, in the heart of the Matobo Hills World Heritage Site.

Heritage Ride

The Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe’s ancient landscape full of mystery and fascination is Zimbabwe’s largest World Heritage Site, in excess of 3,000 km2 and is the country’s only UNESCO Cultural Landscape Site.The Matobo Hills is over 3 billion years old, and has hosted mankind for the past 400,000 years. Within the historic area is found the greatest concentration of rock art to be found anywhere in the world – and this will feature in the Heritage Ride.