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.
- See the rock formation at Balla Balla.
- Visit Chipingali Wildlife Orphanage.
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.
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".