- Each chalet has its own unique design
- Take a refreshing dip in the quirky rock pool
- Explore the park and the many historic monuments found here
- Immerse yourself in Zimbabwean hospitality
- Be on the look out for both black and white rhino
The nine beautifully appointed chalets at Amalinda lodge, together with the professional and friendly service make this one of the best places to stay when visiting Matobo Hills National Park.
Amalinda Lodge is quite unique, built in keeping with the rocky surroundings, in fact, making use of the rocks as part of the chalets and main buildings. It almost has a Flintstones feel about it. Each chalet is different from the next but all are beautifully finished with modern wooden furniture with a colonial African feel to it. The spacious rooms have comfy beds, a lounge area and a writing desk where you can compose those postcards home. The en-suite bathrooms have hot and cold running water, the showers and basins are worked into the surrounding granite rockface.
A short meander on a weaving pathway through the rocks will take you to the huge main area. A cavernous lounge has cosy seating areas, plump couches with colourful cushions, some interesting reading material and a well-stocked bar carved into the granite. Even the wine cellar makes use of a cool rocky area, and guests are welcome to browse the wine collection. On a slightly lower level is the dining area. Delicious 3 course meals take place at a large teak table, there is also tea and coffee available throughout the day. If you are looking to unwind, the sizeable pool makes use of a depression in the rocks and there is space to lounge and soak up the sun. Of an evening a fire is lit and it's a wonderful place to watch 'bush tv', by that we mean watch the fire, listen to it crackle and maybe swap stories with fellow travellers.
Activities here centre around game viewing and this can be done on game drives or on foot. Matobo has an 'intensely protected area' with high densities of rhino, both black and white. Matobo is also the site of Cecil Rhodes' grave and that of Leander Starr Jameson. This area has great cultural significance to the local people and is rich in history, your guide will be able to share this with you as you explore the area. Hot off the press as of summer 2016 Camp Amalinda is also offering mountain bike excursions. You will be accompanied by a qualified and enthusiastic guide as you explore the route, travelling down donkey cart tracks and cattle paths - with a welcome lunch stop in a rural village. It's a great opportunity to explore the Matabeleland countryside.
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