This exclusive and privately owned safari lodge is the premier accommodation in the Motopos area.
Amalinda Lodge is a unique luxury lodge set in the granite boulders of the Matobo Hills. The lodge is a multi-level complex. It makes sympathetic use of these great boulders in which nine en-suite rooms and the communal dining and lounge areas have been created. Amalinda has a large infinity pool which blends in with the landscape. The lodge offers a spa and sauna.
Safari activities in Matobo Hills National Park are fairly gentle. Mostly game drives and walking on which a highlight is the chance to track rhino in this intensive protection zone. Of special interest at Amalinda are several historical aspects.
The Matobo Hills World Heritage Site is home to one of the greatest densities of prehistoric rock art sites in the world. This rocky granite topography boasts over 2000 San Bushman sites. Some of the more famous rocks also hold spiritual significance to the Ndebele people of the area.
Matobo Hills are the most sacred place in Zimbabwe. An area scarred by eons of conflict, most violently during 1896 in the Battlefields of the Anglo Matabele War. Ironically the hill known to local people as Malindidzimu, “the dwelling place of benevolent spirits” is also the final resting place of Cecil John Rhodes, known as “View of the World”.
Tucked away in an ancient bushmans shelter, Amalinda Lodge has 9 thatched chalets including 3 suites. The Lodge boasts a spa and sauna, infinity rock pool, library, wine cellar, sunset lounge and show kitchen.
Warthog, zebra, klipspringer, kudu, impala, wildebeest, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyrax and a vast variety of bird life are regularly seen from within the Amalinda property.
Matobo Hills is one of the last bastions of both black and white rhino in Africa. Rhino tracking is available within the National Park.
At least a day should be set aside to explore some of the San Bushman cave painting sites.
Historical excursions are on offer - at least one sunset should be taken a the "View of the World".
Visit an African homestead with the local Matabele people for an insight into their ways of life.
Amalinda is an obvious extension to a safari in Hwange and deserves special treatment for the historical and cultural options available in the Matopos area.
If history and culture is of particular interest then be sure to speak to us about planning additional time with a local historian and professional archaeologist. This would allow additional access to Bulawayo and with wider area to include the Matobo Hills World Heritage Site.
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