The Amazing Balancing Rocks of Zimbabwe
Anywhere else you will go in the world you will surely find some amazing and astonishing rock formations. Balancing rock formations are fascinating geological formations which are popular tourist attractions. These fascinating rock formations could be manmade or natural. There are several balancing rocks from around the world and one of the amazing balancing rock formations is the Balancing Rocks of Zimbabwe.
Africa is perceived by many as a place of endless arid and hot region due to the presence of the world’s largest desert in the world – the Sahara Desert which is as large as the United States. Sometimes, Africa is also perceived as a wide area of jungle and forest because of the existence of Safari Jungle in the continent.
Not known to many, there are plenty of beautiful natural tourist attractions in Africa such as Victoria Falls, Table Mountain, Nile River, Kilimanjaro and many others.
1. Zimbabwe is a country located in the continent of Africa. The capital of this African country is Harare and is known for several rock formations called “balancing rocks”.
2. The balancing formation shown on the above picture, which is known as “Mother and Child” inselberg, is located in Matopos National Park.
3. The Mother and Child inselberg is the most spectacular Balancing Rock formation and is located on the Motabo Hills.
4. This astonishing balancing rock formation is situated at 1,473 meters above sea level.
5. The most notable balancing rocks made of igneous rocks are those located in Matopos National Park located near Epson town.
6. Epson Township is located to the southeast of Harare, the country’s capital.
7. The formations in the park are of natural occurrence in a perfectly balanced state without other support.
8. These balancing rocks were featured on certain issues and current series of Zimbabwean banknotes that eventually escalated the popularity of these tourist attractions.
9. These formations are also known as Balancing Rocks Kopjes and have been used as a metaphorical theme to explain the importance of development coupled with preserving the fragile environment of Zimbabwe.
10. These fascinating formations came to existence when ancient granite intrusions were exposed to weathering, as softer rocks around them eroded.
11. The Balancing Rocks of Zimbabwe are seen in the form of huge angular blocks of granite "piled on top of and beside one another, forming pillars and stacks, like a child's building blocks."
12. There are also natural shelters formed by the rock formations at the Matopos National Park and have been in existence since the Stone Age.