Matobo National Park covers occupies of 44,500 hectares. Founded in 1953, awarded Unesco World Heritage Status in June 2003. The park has an absolute protection Zone where a large population of black and white Rhinoceros is successfully bleeding.

The park is found in the magnificent Matobo Hills, a range of domes, spires and balancing rock formations which have been hewn out the substantial granite plateau through millions of year’s erosion and weathering. The majesticterrain of the park is a hiker’s paradise, and the heterogeneity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife.

Matobo means “bald heads” was the name given to the area by the great Ndebele King, Mzilikazi.And he is buried in the Matobo hills just a very short distance from the park. also burried at the park is  of Cecil John Rhodes at the summit of Malindidzimu – ‘hill of benevolent spirits.’ Cecil John Rhodes called this hill as having a ‘view of the world.’ A hike walk from the parking lot will lead the visitor to his grave, carved out of the solid granite hill and envelope by a natural amphitheater of massive boulders.

The Matobo holds high spiritual and cultural importance to the local people, and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place. Within the park are numerous sites with rock paintings done by the San hunter-gatherers who once occupied this park.

There is a wide variety of animals in the park which includes black and white Rhinoceros,klipspringer, leopard, hyena, cheetah, hippo, warthog, rock daisies, waterbuck, wildcat, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, sable,  springhare, common duiker, crocodiles, baboons, and monkeys. The park is popular for its massive concentration of black eagles, which can be seen perched atop the rock formations or rising along the cliffs in search of prey. Some of the other bird species found include fish eagle, martial eagle, francolin, secretary bird, weavers, pied crow and Egyptian geese.

Where to stay

Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort

Norma Jean’s Lakeview Resort was formerly known as Inn on Great Zimbabwe and is known for its wonderful gardens, home-style cooking, spacious accommodation, and friendly service. Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort is part of the story of the area, as it is built throughout the tin-roofed property of Murray MacDougal, the man held for the building of Lake Mutirkwi beforehand known as the Kyle Dam. The third largest dam in Zimbabwe, was built to give much-required water for the vast agricultural irrigation developments surrounding Masvingo in the southeastern part of the country. The accurate location of Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort shows that, apart from dam building abilities, Mr. MacDougal absolutely had an eye for a great spot!

Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort gives a variety of accommodation next to the Zimbabwe Ruins World Heritage Site the perfect as a first or last stop over in Zimbabwe in case you are coming from or to South Africa.

The Place

Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort, facing the peaceful Lake Mutirikwi, offers delightful and friendly service nostalgic of colonial times, nexxt to the Great Zimbabwe Monument, one of Zimbabwe’s famous tourist attractions.

Accommodation: We have eight hotel rooms (with dining and lounge facilities), and four fully decked self-catering self-contained family lodges. Both hotel rooms and self-catering, self-contained, chalets are en-suite, and all containing individual balconies having viewpoints across Lake Mutirikwi. The arrangement of the hotel rooms and self-catering and self-contained accommodation at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort is modest, yet stylish, and all the rooms are spotless. Also, we offer nine budget rooms with communal toilets and bathrooms, kitchen and braai facilities. Full camping facilities encimpasses an all- climate boma.

Our in house restaurant provides delicious, home-style full breakfasts with a la carte lunches. Dinnertime will prompt you of the Sunday feasts of your childhood and is a set menu. Meet other guests in the tenants’ lounge at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort and listen to the sound of the nearby Great Zimbabwe Monument as well as the other displays in the Masvingo area in Zimbabwe. Wireless internet connection is alsoprovided.

Activities at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort

Ask one of the trip guides at the Zimbabwe Ruins to explain the beginnings and history and eventual decline of the city to you, as well as the many trading routes, religious and social practices of the once thriving community in Zimbabwe. While visiting at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort, try bass fishing in Lake Mutirikwi, as well as sailing,skiing andboat cruises, on the third largest dam near Masvingo in Zimbabwe. Norma Jeane’s Resort is a birdwatcher’s paradise, being surrounded by a beautiful garden and located in msasa and miombo woodlands. Guided and selfdrive game drives, as well as esorted bush walks and bird watching in the Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park,  are available.

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