Matobo Hills Lodge

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated on a private game reserve bordering Matopos National Park and offers views across the wild Maleme Valley and Mount Ififi. Raised walkways and a swimming pool built into a natural cleft in the rock provide a picturesque setting.

About

Matobo Hills Lodge is situated on a private game reserve bordering Matopos National Park, 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Bulawayo.
 
The Matopos is an area of great beauty and is home to the white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope, leopard and klipspringer. Bird life is prolific and includes the world’s largest concentration of black eagles. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of their rock art found anywhere.
 
Certain areas of the Park have religious significance for the Ndebele people, and it was here that they buried their great king, Mzilikazi. Cecil Rhodes was also laid to rest on the crest of the ‘Hill of Benevolent Spirits’.
 
Landscaped into the rocks on a granite ridge, Matobo Hills Lodge offers views across the wild Maleme Valley and Mount Ififi. Raised walkways and a swimming pool built into a natural cleft in the rock provide a picturesque setting. There are 17 lodges, all of which have en suite bathrooms. Meals are enjoyed in a thatched dining room or open-air gazebo. A wide range of activities are available and are designed to introduce guests to the many facets of the Matobo Hills.
 
Drives to areas of scenic and historical interest include visits to the famous painted caves and to the sites where the Matabele armies and the white settlers clashed during the 1896 uprising. Guests can also visit the local Ndebele and Kalanga communities where they continue to live their traditional life, mixing past beliefs with modern ideas.
 
The outstanding beauty of the Matobo Hills near Bulawayo, steeped in tribal history and ancient magic. get close to the White Rhino - in cave paintings and for real. Contemplate the lonely grave of Rhodes, or wander amongst the massive granite boulders, under the watchful eye of the proud Black Eagle. Visit a traditional Matebele village and meet the spiritual wardens of the sacred places, where past and present co-exist. The Matobos is an area of great beauty and the lodges are built along a granite outcrop. The Matobo Hills Lodge reflects the gentle spirit of these hills. Landscaped into the rocks of a granite ridge, the lodge offers views across the wild Maleme Valley. Raised walkways, shady gardens and a swimming pool built into the rock provide a picturesque setting. A wide range of activities are available, designed to introduce guests to the many facets of the Matobo Hills. Drives to areas of scenic and historical interest include visits to many of the famous painted caves and to the sites where Matebele armies and the white settlers clashed during the uprising of 1896. Rhodes' "View of the World" is best seen at sunrise when the grand and isolated loneliness of the man's life is reflected in his choice of final resting place. A full day trip to the Khami Ruins (a World Heritage Site), and the historical places and traditional markets in Bulawayo is also available. A popular choice is a visit to the communal areas where the local Ndebele and Kalanga people continue to live their traditional life, mixing past beliefs and lifestyles with modern ideas and attitudes. Beautiful ethnic handicrafts can be purchased in the villages. Game drives in open safari vehicles into the designated high-conservation areas are offered, and horseback trails are also available. The birds of the Matobo, in particular the birds of prey, make the area of special interest to the ornithologist and the amateur bird watcher.

Accommodation

In an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with outlooks over the surrounding hills. 34 beds in seventeen luxury hilltop lodges; 13 twin bedded and 4 double bedded. All lodges have shower, bath toilet and basin and wall-to-wall carpet. Extra beds on request.
  • Thirty four beds
  • Luxury hilltop lodges
  • Thirteen twin-bedded lodges
  • 4 double-bedded lodges
All Lodges have: Shower, bath, toilet and basin, wall-to-wall carpet, electrical socket - square 13 amp., 220v., extra beds on request

Facilites

A separate lounge/bar which commands spectacular 360 degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley. A swimming pool has been built into the granite dome to resemble a natural rock pool. Laundry, gift shop, swimming pool, conference facilities for 40.

Restaurant and Bar Facilities

Meal times are at the usually accepted times but can be dependent on game drives and will vary seasonally. All meals are Table d'hôte with a wide selection of dishes. Meals are taken in a thatched dining room or open air gazebo depending on the weather.

Amenities

Laundry, gift shop, swimming pool, Weddings (up to 80), conference facilities for 40.

Services

The Lodge has a fleet of open safari vehicles and a staff of trained guides. Walks and drives to areas of scenic and historical interest include visits to the famous rock paintings, the historical battle sites and to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes at World's View. Local guides are on hand to take visitors into the nearby tribal area where Ndebele and Kalanga people continue to live a traditional life style. Game drives are conducted into the Matobo Hills National Park in search of black and white rhino, giraffe, zebra, sable antelope, leopard and a host of other species. The Matobo area is famed for the density and variety of bird species and for its bewildering population of brightly coloured lizards. Times of activities vary seasonally but guests are personally advised each day of departure times and options available.
 
Transport
 
Transfer from Bulawayo airport to hotel return US$200 (each way) - 75km away.
Transfers by road to/from Hwange approximately 300kms - three hours.
Transfers by road to/from Masvingo approximately 330kms - three and a half hours.