Amalinda Lodge is an exclusive, privately owned lodge situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, only 45 km from Bulawayo.
The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa, where mammal and bird species are prolific. Included here are the highest concentrations of leopard and black eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered black and white rhino.
Walking here is entirely safe - you could bump into warthog, zebra, klipspringer, kudu, impala, wildebeest, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyrax and a vast variety of bird life. Or for a thrilling adventure, track rhino on foot too, with an experienced guide.
Explore the hills where mysterious nomads once held their sacred ceremonies. The rocky granite topography boasts more than 2,000 sites of the San (Bushman) tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known. Or drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes. Visit his world famous tomb known as 'View of the World' - an historical experience not to be forgotten.
There are 9 suites each set within granite boulders and each have a distinctive look and feel. The main lounge and entertainment areas are tucked away into a bushman shelter with a panoramic view of the Matobo Hills. Delicious meals are served on a massive teak table in the open air dining room. Families can stay in the Homestead which features a Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and 2 additional bedrooms, plus an open plan dining room and sunken lounge, beautifully lit with glass chandeliers and leading onto an outside wooden deck.
A cosy library contains some of the old 'African Classics', whilst a secluded chess room, located amongst the tree tops guarantees peace and tranquillity. For the wine connoisseur, a visit to the natural cave wine cellar is recommended. Sundowners can be enjoyed around a warm fire in the enclosed 'boma' area. At the base of the camp is a large swimming pool with comfortable loungers and a bar, all over-looking a waterhole. Finally, there is also a spa.
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The community levy; National Park fees; monument fees; all meals; all beverages; all activities; shared transfers within a 20 km radius of the lodge as well as airport arrival and departure transfers; and a laundry service are included.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.
General Information For Guests
All rooms have a hair dryer, mosquito nets, a safe, a fan and heater, an outside shower, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini bar and a verandah.
Hot water systems are heated by wood fire twice daily, in the morning at 06:00 and the evening at 18:00. However, water can be heated upon request outside of these times and please allow for 30 minutes for water to reach a suitable temperature.
Main camp facilities include a spa, infinity rock pool, library, wine cellar, sunset lounge and a show kitchen. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.
Private/romantic dining can be arranged with the managers in camp.
Activities that are available include rhino tracking (by vehicle or foot), visits to the San Bushman cave paintings, cultural tours, walks/hikes around the lodge, and visits to the tomb of Cecil John Rhodes.
The spa offers a range of different treatments and massages (additional cost).