Matobo Hills

Amalinda Lodge


Between the boulders

Amalinda Lodge is an utterly unique spot with its nine unique thatch chalets built between, into and under the monumental granite boulders of the Matobo Hills.

Paths and suspended walkways lead through the rocks to the dining area, bar, small spa and spectacular infinity pool.

Family-owned and run, the experience here is as much about culture as it is wildlife. Tracking black and white rhinos on foot is a real highlight here, and you may come across animals on walks from the property, but you can also learn about the area’s long history, from the thousands of sacred San rock art sites to Cecil Rhode’s tomb, and gain authentic insights into local life.


At a glance

  • Nine thatched chalets

  • Infinity pool

  • Dining area and bar

  • Spa

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    Rhino tracking

    The Matobo Hills is one of the last bastions of both black and white rhinos in Africa. Accompanied by experienced guides, it is an unforgettable safari experience is to track and approach these fascinating species on foot.

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    Rock art

    Explore the hills where nomads once held their sacred ceremonies and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sometimes surreal granite topography boasts more than 2000 San rock art sites, perhaps the most anywhere and the still area holds spiritual significance to the Ndebele people.

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    Cecil Rhodes' tomb

    Drive through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes. Visit his famous tomb is fittingly known as the “View of the World”.

Community & Culture

Amalinda supports The Mother Africa Trust was born out of the belief that, through effective eco-tourism and legitimate community collaborations, a better future can be built for the rural communities in Zimbabwe. The Mother Africa Trust has facilitated the socio-economic development and empowerment of rural communities in Matopos and Hwange District, part funded by the Community and Conservation Levy (CCL) that was recently introduced at Amalinda Lodge which is used entirely to funding of community development projects. These include funding clinics, school supplies and empowering women and those living with disabilities.


The Mother Africa Trust also supports the local anti-poaching unit and other conservation efforts to protect the endangered species, including contributing towards the Matobo Rhino Fence project.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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