Matopos National Park is listed as number Z018 on the important bird areas of Zimbabwe and is home to an amazing raptor population. Being world-famous for the highest concentration per square kilometre of Verreaux's Eagles in the world.
Of the 17 eagles / snake eagles occurring in Zimbabwe, 15 can be seen in the Matopos. The Lanner and Peregrine falcons are regularly seen and the very rare Taita falcon has been recorded. Other raptors include Greater, Rock, Lesser and Dickinson's kestrels. Amur, Red-footed and Sooty falcons. African and Eurasian hobbys. Black, Little and Ovambo sparrowhawks. African, Gabar and Dark Chanting goshawks. Bateleur, Shikra, Harriers, Augur Buzzards, Steppe Buzzards, Vultures, Secretary birds, African Harrier-hawks, Lizard Buzzards and Western Ospreys.
Along with the diverse raptor population, Matopos is also home to Boulder chats, Orange-winged pytilia, Broad-tailed paradise whydah and many others.
In addition there is great game to be seen, including the endangered Black and White Rhinoceros. Although the Black Rhinos are extremely shy and seldom seen.
These hills have a long history of human occupation and are one of the most extensively archaeologically researched areas in Zimbabwe. There are many rock art sites and remarkable paintings.
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