AMALINDA LODGE - MATOBO HILLS NATIONAL PARK
Amalinda Lodge is a unique and very comfortable four-star luxury lodge set in the granite boulders of the Matobo Hills - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This exclusive, privately owned and family run safari lodge tucked away in an ancient bushman’s shelter and has stunning infinity rock pool and a spa.
The area is scenically stunning and has a rich tapestry of history. The lodge offers a variety of activities ranging from game drives to rhino trekking, cultural tours, hikes to the San bushman paintings and a chance to follow in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes at his world famous grave known as "View of the World.”
The Matobo Hills is ideal to start or finish your safari in Zimbabwe being a one hour road transfer from Bulawayo.
Amalinda Lodge is set just outside the Matobo Hills National Park in Zimbabwe. A road transfer from Victoria Falls takes around 5.5 hours, from Hwange around 4 hours from Bulawayo around an hour.
There is a choice of accommodation at Amalinda Lodge:
Standard Suites all have ensuite bathroom with toilet, his and hers showers/outside bath, rock basin, tea & coffee stations, a lounge area, fan, mosquito net, mosquito coils, open wardrobe, king-size bed, hairdryers & electric blankets.
The Lobengula Suite is elevated amongst the granite boulders and situated behind the main area and library. There are 90 steps up to Suite 9 so would be most suitable for those guests that don’t mind a little uneven terrain. The suite consists of an ensuite bathroom with toilet, shower, outside shower and his and hers rock basins,
Room 3 is a Standard Family room on the ground level of Camp Amalinda and still incorporates some of the granite structures. There are no stairs to Room 3 and it is an open plan bedroom, lounge and bathroom area with 2 double beds. The ensuite bathroom consists of a shower & bath, toilet and single rock basin. If required, there is space for an extra single bed in the family room.
The Cecil John Rhodes Suite is the most secluded lodge elevated to the back of the main area. There are 36 steps up to the room so would be most suitable for those guests that don’t mind a little uneven terrain. The suite has an ensuite bathroom with toilet, his and hers showers, outside bath and rock basin. This suite boasts a swing bridge leading out to a private viewing sala overlooking the waterhole.
All suites have tea and coffee stations, fan, mosquito nets, mosquito coils, open wardrobe, private outside veranda, hair dryers and electric blankets. Plug points in the rooms are South African 3 pinned round plugs, grounded, 15A, 220-240V. Hot water systems heated by wood fire twice daily, in the morning at 6am and the evening at 6pm. However, water can be heated upon request outside of these times and please allow for 30minutes for water to reach a suitable temperature.
The Amalinda Home-Stead has a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and private deck, 2 additional bedrooms, outside decks and sliding doors, separate bathroom, shower and toilet, an open plan dining room and sunken lounge beautifully lit with glass chandeliers and encompassed with an outside wooden deck. The Home-Stead enjoys access to and full use of the Amalinda pool, a private guide and vehicle, a host/hostess and chef.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Rhino Tracking by Vehicle or Foot - The Matobo Hills is one of the last bastions of both black and white rhino in Africa. The most unforgettable safari experience will be an approach up to this endangered species. This encounter is offered within the skills and knowledge of experienced guides. Please note: For rhino tracking on foot, you will need to hire national parks scouts - rates available upon request.
Explore the sites of San Bushman Cave Paintings - the rocky granite topography boasts more than 2000 sites of the San Bushman tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known. This area holds spiritual significance of bygone rituals known to the Ndebele people and you can learn about their trials and tribulations, hopes and aspirations.
Visit the world famous tomb of Cecil John Rhodes - drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes and visit his grave View of the World. The views are amazing.
Cultural and Village Tours - take a tour to an African homestead and get down to earth with the local Matabele people. Enjoy their gracious hospitality as they show you around their pole and dagga huts and get an insight into the way of life for the local people and to experience their culture. Visit a clinic, traditional healer and local primary school.
My Beautiful Home Bicycle Ride - Matopos is home to the some of the most incredible rural homesteads and their proud residents are excited to share their warm hospitality and their home fires with you. This well-plotted and carefully planned cycle route through villages and rural homes in the Matopos is a once in a lifetime experience.
Relax beside our infinity rock pool - take in the aura and beauty of the Matobo Hills while relaxing beside the specially designed infinity rock swimming pool.
Walks/Hikes around Amalinda Lodge - walking around the lodge is entirely safe – you could bump into warthog, zebra, klipspringer, kudu, impala, wildebeest, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyrax and a vast variety of bird life.
Safari Spa - indulge yourself in a full body massage, manicure or pedicure in the Safari Spa set amongst the boulders in the sunset lounge.
The Mother Africa Trust was born out of the belief that through effective volunteer eco-tourism and legitimate community collaborations a better future can be built for the rural communities in Zimbabwe. The Mother Africa Trust has facilitated the socio-economic development and empowerment of rural communities in Matopos and Hwange District. The Community and conservation Levy (CCL) that was recently introduced at Amalinda Lodge is used entirely in the funding of community development projects, Anti Poaching Unit and other conservation efforts to protect the endangered species.
AMALINDA SAFARI LODGE IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE LODGE WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND LOCAL STAFF OFFER CHILDMINDING SERVICES. THERE ARE LOTS OF STEEP STONE STEPS AT THE LODGE