An African inspired refuge, Camp Amalinda. Where world-class facilities combine with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty, for which the Matobo Hills is so celebrated. This exclusive, privately owned safari lodge is in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, situated only 45kms from Bulawayo. Tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter, Camp Amalinda was voted in the top 3 Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe for 2010 and 2013. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa, where mammal and bird species are prolific. Included here are the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino.
Camp Amalinda consists of nine well-appointed and individually decorated rooms. Of these we have three grand suites and the rest of the rooms are doubles and family rooms. Amalinda consists of nine individually thatched rooms including a trio of suites, ideal for honeymooners, all of which are set into the imposing boulders. These three suites have recently been refurbished and it brings us great pleasure to introduce to you for the first time “The Lobengula Suite”, “The Rhodes Suite” and “The San Suite”. Each are steeped in African historical artifacts of a bygone era. Tucked away into an ancient bushman’s shelter, Camp Amalinda’s charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor, it’s spirituality is almost tangible. Some of the most breathtaking granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are recorded in the ancient rock art.
Room 3 is a Standard Family room on the ground level of Camp Amalinda and still incorporates some of the granite structures. There are no stairs to Room 3 and it is an open plan bedroom, lounge & bathroom area with 2 double beds. The en-suite bathroom consists of a shower & bath, toilet and single rock basin. If required, there is space for an extra single bed in the family room. Amenities include tea & coffee stations, fan, mosquito nets, mosquito coils, open wardrobe, private outside veranda, hair dryers & electric blankets. Plug points in the room are South African 3 pinned round plugs, grounded, 15A, 220-240V. Hot water systems heated by wood fire twice daily, in the morning at 6am and the evening at 6pm. However, water can be heated upon request outside of these times and please allow for 30minutes for water to reach a suitable temperature.
The Lobengula Suite is elevated among the granite boulders & situated behind the main area and library. There are 90 steps up to Suite 9 so would be most suitable for those guests that don’t mind a little uneven terrain. The suite consists of an en-suite bathroom with toilet, shower, outside shower, his & hers rock basins, tea & coffee stations, a lounge area, fan, mosquito net, mosquito coils, open wardrobe, private outside deck, king-size bed (suitable for extra tall guests), hairdryers & electric blankets. Plug points in the room are South African 3 pinned round plugs, grounded, 15A, 220-240V. Hot water systems heated by wood fire twice daily, in the morning at 6am and the evening at 6pm. However, water can be heated upon request outside of these times and please allow for 30 minutes for water to reach a suitable temperature.
Cecil John Rhodes Suite
The Cecil John Rhodes Suite is the most secluded lodge, elevated to the back of the main area and behind Suite 8. There are 36 steps up to the room so would be most suitable for those guests that don’t mind a little uneven terrain. The suite consists of an en-suite bathroom with toilet, his & hers showers, outside bath, rock basin, tea & coffee stations, a lounge area, fan, mosquito net, mosquito coils, open wardrobe, king-size bed, hairdryers & electric blankets. This suite boasts a swing bridge leading out to a private viewing platform overlooking the waterhole. Plug points in the room are South African 3 pinned round plugs, grounded, 15A, 220-240V. Hot water systems heated by wood fire twice daily, in the morning at 6 am and the evening at 6 pm. However, water can be heated upon request outside of these times and please allow for 30 minutes for water to reach a suitable temperature.
Rhino tracking on foot or with vehicle
San bushman cave paintings
Tomb of Cecil John Rhodes
Cultural & village tours
Relax at the infinity rock pool
Walks/hikes around Camp Amalinda
“Camp Amalinda is literally built into the granite rocks and boulders that typify the Matopos National Park. Our room was curled around a boulder rock face complete with our own resident Rock Hyraxes welcoming us back to the room whenever we returned. It is very difficult to describe but the architecture was amazing – it was rather like living in a cave with lots of little luxuries like an espresso machine; hot water for the shower; comfy bed and lots of hanging space. And even the dining area; lounges; swimming pool terrace and other public areas were wrapped around the natural rocky landscape. The food served was of the highest possible standard; and the service was faultless. Our game drives took us into the national park where we saw white rhino and lots of birds; although the variety and abundance of wildlife was nothing like you would expect in other national parks. We also visited the grave of Cecil Rhodes – a surprisingly moving experience in terms of both his story and the location of his final resting place. Camp Amalinda was a lovely change from the archetypal safari lodges or bush camps – it was very individual and it was hard to leave.” –Media1994
“We came here as part of our honeymoon. Wow, it is so different here, like something from the Flintstones (in a very good way)! The rooms are just amazing, just make sure you are good at stairs as it is built on the side of a hill. Meals are great around a big table and very friendly. But the staff are amazing as well, Billy was very welcoming, Colin was great entertainment in the evening and Kevin was a fabulous guide, take a walk with him, what seemed like a trek to the top of the hill was a revelation every few yards. He also completed us seeing the big 5 in a week. I can’t forget the rest of the Amalinda team either, coming to my rescue when my camera broke and lending me a Nikon that my lenses fitted. Thank you all.” –Tim G
“To rate Camp Amalinda with an “excellent” or “5/5″ doesn’t do it justice. Camp Amalinda is off the scale. Staying at this place is a privileged experience. All the staff are humble, warm, generous people who willingly serve to make this a truly memorable experience. The ‘rooms’ are luxuriously appointed with their own unique setting within the outcrop of rocks. Food was superb and thankfully with fresh produce and home-styled cooking. Zebra were leisurely grazing in viewing distance from the pool.” –Grace580
Let the adventure begin!