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    Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe
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    Matopos National Park is off the typical tourist route, but all the locals said it was an amazing place to go. The dramatic rocky landscape was breathtaking, and quite a contrast to the landscape at other parks. We originally added Matopos to our itinerary, as it is one of the few places where you are likely to see both black and white rhinos. And, after some long walks in the bush with our guide/tracker, we were lucky to find both types on the first day!

    We stayed at Camp Amalinda which was built into the rocky hillside. It was quite reminiscent of the Flintstones.

    The rocky hills contain hundreds of San bushman rock painting sites

    One of the particularly striking rock formations found throughout the park

    Mother and young white rhino which we successfully tracked on foot

    They let us quite close without much notice

    The baby rhino was quite cute, walking quite close to us out of curiousity

    Black rhino are more aggressive and elusive. We saw this one through the trees and were briefly charged when the guide surprised it around a bend.

    Warthog family

    Up close on foot to a couple funny-looking (they all are) warthogs

    Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang