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Matobo National Park

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Matobo National Park is a bit easier to explain. Here they had three basic parts of the park. One was the rock formations. They had these weird balanced boulder things going on all around the park. It was just odd.
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Second was the parks dedication to Cecil John Rhodes. He was the rich guy that made a lot of money from Diamonds back in the day. He was rich enough to call the country Rhodesia. He was revered by the people and he ended up giving the land back to the people and only asked to be buried on this rocky perch which had a great view of the land. He was also the guy who set up the Rhodes Scholarship.
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The hilltop became an area where people who had served the country well could be buried. This memorial was for the 30 Military guys that got whiped out by 30,000 tribesman.
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Kissing a black Mamba. Really. Sure it was stuffed, but I was the only one who did it.
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There were a lot of caves and hence paintings.
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The coolest part of the park, Rhinos.
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We saw this family as they pulled out in front of the Tazz. Luckily, they were pretty tame and the kids were pretty big. I think if they were babies we would have gotten speared. Unfortuneately with Zimbabwe and their economic crash, the parks have taken a huge hit. Tourists really don’t go there any more after the inner conflicts and break down of the economy. You can tell that there is no funding for the parks any more. I truly believe that a lot of the animals have been poached, not only by outside poachers, but also by people from the inside. Basically, a set of horns from a elephant or Rhino equals a years worth of pay for the average Zimbabwean. Add that to the fact that there is huge unemployment and nobody really guarding the parks any more, and you will see that the animals have really taken a hit. When we left the lady asked if we had seen “any” game. When we said we saw some Rhinos she was really surprised and was doubtful until we showed her pictures. The place was supposed to be a Rhino reserve and she was surprised that we had seen any. Bummer.



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