Who are we?
is the tribal home to the Ndebele people in the south-westerly half of Zimbabwe.
Roughly speaking the political boundary can be described as everything south
and west of the Sengwa river and the main roads linking Gokwe, Kwe Kwe, Gweru
The two dominant towns are Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. One of Africa's finest wildlife reserves, Hwange National Park, at over 14000 square kilometres, represents a significant slice of land in this region.
Matabeleland has a rich pre-colonial African history particularly as a result of Zulu faction fighting in present day South Africa during the 18th and 19th century. The pioneer movement which was led by explorers and hunters from the Cape in the 19th century and developed into Rhodesia's colonial era has left valuable hunter's chronicles which stem from Matabeleland. Today the region is still a hunter's paradise.
The area combines rolling grasslands, granite outcrops, dry thorn scrub and heavily wooded forest areas. Much of the hunting takes place on State-designated hunting land, on private ranch land and in communal lands traditionally held by the indigenous people under the Campfire scheme.
Matabeleland as a broad political region includes West Nicholson, Gwanda, Gwaai, Turk Mine, Nyamandhlovu, parts of the Midlands plus Matetsi and parts of the Zambezi Valley - both of which deserve special attention from a hunter's perspective.
Outfitters in Matabeleland
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