Matobo National Park

Trip Start Mar 01, 2006
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Trip End Jul 25, 2006


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Saturday, April 22, 2006

We met our tour guide at 9:30 and he then took us to
Matobo National Park.  Although there are a lot of
animals in Matobo, the vegetation is very dense right
now because the rainy season has just ended so animals
can easily hide and they don't have to come right down
to the watering hole.  We saw a few hippos, zebras,
wildebeest and a monitor lizard.  What we were really
there to see were the natural rock formations in the
park.  I swear it looks like people actually put the
rocks this way or carved them.  The rocks ended up
like this because the weather caused the weakest
particles in the stone to be washed away over
thousands of years.  I've included a few pictures of
these formations; one called Winston Churchill and the
other Mother and Child (for obvious reasons).

We also went to see some San (also referred to as
Bushmen) rock art.  It was amazing!  The San often
used this art to teach their children survival skills
and hunting skills.  The art we saw was over 10,000
years old.  I was actually surprised at the detail of
it.  I've attached a picture that aims to teach that
speed is important in hunting.

We ended the day with our guide taking us to a local
hang out for a Braai (BBQ).  It was so good although a
little weird when they bring out the entire leg of the
cow to cut meat for the BBQ!  There was also a band
playing there with some great kwasa kwasa singers and
dancers.  The show was spectacular!
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