Amalinda Lodge: Our View
Over two thousand years ago the San Bushman called Matopos Hills their home! Situated only 45km from the southern Zimbabwean city of Bulawayo lies the Matobo National Park, a protected refuge for the critically endangered black and white rhino and numerous other wildlife including one of the largest localized populations of leopard in southern Africa.
Amalinda Lodge was created over 26 years ago by the Stead family who still live on the Amalinda Private Concession. The family still runs this lovely property nestled amongst the granite outcrops of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe. The lodge is certainly a high end up-market option for this area, with beautifully furnished rooms, great food and experienced guides. Built within the caves and crevices of the hills, Amalinda Lodge offers extraordinarily unique architecture, with nine en suite rooms and a private villa home featuring an en suite master bedroom with 2 additional bed rooms. The Lodge also provides acclaimed gourmet dining and bush dinners under the African stars. We would mention that a relative level of mobility is required due to the nature of the layout of the lodge, within the caves and boulders of the hills, and so if you do have mobility issues, its best to request a ground floor room.
Activities include rhino tracking by vehicle or on foot, historical excursions to explore the largest known number of San rock art, visit Cecil John Rhodes’ burial tomb at the “View of The World”, drop in at the local village, and take a tour of a local homestead and get to know the Matabele people who have lived there since the times of chief Mzilikazi who established his new kingdom in the Matopos Hills around 1839. The area has a wealth of historical value, and the Amalinda guides are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the wonders Matobo presents.
Amalinda Lodge: Quick Facts
- All inclusive basis, including all meals, local drinks, activities, laundry and airport transfers
- En suite thatched accommodations
- Family and honeymoon suites
- Infinity pool
- Private Villa
- In house Spa (treatments at additional costs)
- Rhino Tracking
- Game drives
- Historical Tours
- Cultural Tours
- San Bushman Rock art
- Bulawayo City tours (additional extra fees)
- Great Zimbabwe Day Trip (additional extra fees)
- Mother Africa Community Fund founders, preserving the flora, fauna and cultural heritage of Matopos
Amalinda Lodge: The Details
A visit to Amalinda Lodge can be easily organized as part of a longer itinerary. Amalinda Lodge offer road transfers between Hwange National Park and Amalinda Lodge (4-hour drive on tar roads) as well as road transfers linking Victoria Falls, Hwange and Matopos. There are also wonderfully priced packages which include the Amalinda Collections Hwange Camps - Kuhle Bush Camp and Khulu's Retreat.
We would recommend staying at least three nights at Amalinda Lodge as there is so much to do and see. It really is the perfect place to also just sit back and soak up the peace and tranquility of this magical little corner of Africa.