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Matabeleland is a region in the southwest and west of Zimbabwe. It is inhabited by the Ndebele people, who settled here in the mid-1800s.

CitiesEdit

Map of Matabeleland

Other destinationsEdit

 
The Mother and Child rock in Matabo.

UnderstandEdit

Southern Matabeleland is for the greater portion of the year hot and dusty.

Baobab trees are common, as are mopani. The grasslands glow in the deep afternoon sun.

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SeeEdit

  • See the rock formation at Balla Balla.
  • Visit Chipingali Wildlife Orphanage.

ItinerariesEdit

The largest town in Matabeleland is Bulawayo, renowned for its wide streets built to allow a wagon with a 10-oxen team to do a U-turn. Bulawayo has an airport, which makes it an ideal starting point. From Bulawayo one can travel south to Matobo for a day's slow drive thru the exotic landscapes, or westward to Khami Ruins, to see miniature versions of the stone ruins found at Great Zimbabwe.

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EatEdit

A local delicacy is the mopani worm: these caterpillars are dried in the sun, and sold as a snack food. The staple food is mealie meal, made into a stiff porridge known as "sadza".

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