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Farmhouse Lodge Matopos

Affordable, family-friendly lodge offering stunning views of the Matobo Hills, with rustic charm and comfortable rooms

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Farmhouse Lodge is a charming and comfortable lodge located on the edge of the Matobo Hills National Park in Zimbabwe. It is an ideal place for visitors who want to explore the natural wonders of the park, including its stunning granite formations, ancient rock art, and diverse wildlife.

The owner run lodge is located 48 kms from Bulawayo on the Matopos road, in the heart of the Matopos World Heritage site, making it a convenient base for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also an hour's drive from Bulawayo Airport, making it easily accessible by air from Victoria Falls.

The Farmhouse Lodge offers 12 Cape Dutch style cottages, lined along the edge of a majestic granite outcrop. Each of the cottages has a twin/double bedded bedroom, en-suite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin, open plan lounge with tea/coffee facilities and fridge.

The lodge offers a variety of comfortable accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs. You can opt for accommodation only, or dinner, bed and breakfast while staying in the lodge. The lodge also has a campsite with basic facilities, including showers, toilets, and a shared kitchen. The best feature at the campsite is the lapa, which you can go up to the top of the tower for wonderful views of the Matopos - a perfect place for sundowners.

Originally a farm homestead, the property was converted into a lodge in 1996. The original farm house is now the restaurant, bar and reception part of the lodge, and the cottages were built from scratch. Now, the place is known as the Farmhouse Lodge named after its origin.

From the restaurant veranda, guests are welcome to manicured garden, and the rock swimming pool beyond. Also in the garden is the open campfire in the enclosed traditional boma. Meals are typically served in the restaurant, and can be catered to personal dietary requirements. On some days, and weather-permitting, there can be a braai dinner, with the food served under the African night sky.

The Farmhouse Lodge is situated on Granite Ridge Wildlife Reserve, a private reserve bordering the Matobo Hills National Park. There is a full time, fully licensed professional guide on-site, who can take you on walking safaris and game drives, as well as the opportunity to track and view rhino on foot. Located on the reserve is a viewing platform in front of where lots of wild animals come to drink.

Our Opinion

Farmhouse Lodge is located in a beautiful setting, and offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and needs. There are quite a few activities to choose from, that are affordable, and guests just choose and pay separately. Farmhouse is family friendly and is good value for money.


• Located on the boundary of Matobo Hills National Park
• Owner run lodge 48 kms from Bulawayo, and hour from Bulawayo Airport
• Cape Dutch Style cottages
• A number of accommodation options
• Originally a farm homestead
• Various facilities and optional activities
• Campsite
• Located on private Granite Ridge Wildlife Reserve

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 107 (Sharing)  January to December
US$ 124 (Single)  January to December

US$ 90 (Sharing)  January to December
US$ 107 (Single)  January to December

Accommodation at Farmhouse Lodge

• 12 Cottages for up to 24 adult guest - twin and double bedrooms
• Campsite

All Cottages have:

• En-suite bathroom with shower, toilet and wash-hand basin.
• Kitchenette
• Lounge
• Patio
• Mosquito nets
• Fridge
• Private braai area
• Tea/coffee making facility
• Hairdryers are available at reception


• Restaurant and bar in communal area
• Braai dinners on occasion
• Guests can choose bed & breakfast, half board, self-catering

Facilities and Services

• Restaurant and bar in communal area
• Campfire
• Enclosed Boma
• Rock swimming pool
• Game viewing platform
• Flexible rates offer Bed & breakfast and Half board options
• Limited Wifi
• Parking
• Campsite with ablutions, cooking area, lapa with lookout tower
• Activities: game drive on the concession; bike hire; hiking; visit cave paintings; visit to Rhodes grave and World's View; rhino tracking in the national park; join the animal feeding truck


Children are welcome at Farmhouse Lodge. Extra beds can be made up in the cottage lounge area. Cots for infants are available. Scavanger hunts, platform viewing activity available for children

How to Get to Farmhouse Lodge

• Self drive to Farmhouse Lodge via Bulawayo into Granite Ridge Wildlife Reserve
• Fly into Bulawayo Airport and road transfer to Farmhouse Lodge

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