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An exclusive, privately owned lodge located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, uniquely built amongst ancient granite boulders
Matobo Hills is the oldest National Park in Zimbabwe the granite domes and balancing rock formations echo the essence of tranquillity and is known to the locals as a very spiritual landmark.
Amalinda Lodge located in the Matobo Hills offers a unique and truly special experience with the rooms and central areas built into huge ancient granite boulders.
Each of the 9 rooms are different and each offers its own little quirky feel – from granite boulders looming up into the room to wooden bridges crossing to another outcrop to a sunrise viewing platform. Every room is tastefully and comfortably decorated.
The central area which includes a lounge, small bar and dining deck with a central fire pit almost seems to cling to the boulders with its different nooks and various levels. Sitting quietly in the lounge with a book or enjoying the campfire stories with the very knowledge guides on the history of this fascinating area, one can almost feel the breath and songs of the Bushman who lived in these very same caves some 3000 years ago.
From the central area the view down and onto the large natural rock infinity pool and bar with its expanse of granite boulders and natural surroundings is quite magnificent.
Amalinda Lodge offers various activities, including historical and cultural ones, from Bushman Rock Paintings to visiting Cecil John Rhodes Grave. The park is also well known for the white and black rhino population that can be tracked and viewed relatively easily. Of course the natural beauty of the area with its granite boulders and balancing rocks warrants a drive through enchanting in their timeless way.
In our opinion – Amalinda Lodge is a fascinating lodge and offers one a truly unique experience, from the rooms to the central area and the entire Matobo Hills landscape that it is located in. For people that are interested in history and local art of this sacred area it is certainly a must visit.
The knowledge guides and staff were on point and the food delicious.
However, for us it is the feeling quite indescribable of being privileged to spend time in this location full of fascinating history and landscape.
Definitely one of most unique lodges to be found in Zimbabwe.
• Located in the UNESCO site of the Matobo Hills National Park – 20mins out of Bulawayo the second largest city in Zimbabwe.
Accommodation at Amalinda Lodge
• 9 Unique Rooms all located on the Granite Boulders on this historical area:
All rooms have:
• Easy access from Bulawayo
• Dinner is a 3-course meal served at the Captain's Table
Facilities and Services
• Thatched main area with dining area and lounge
• Children are welcome at Amalinda Lodge
How to Get to Amalinda Lodge
• Self drive to
and Amalinda Lodge.