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4 Days Matobo National Park Luxury Safari in Zimbabwe

Matobo Hills Lodge, Matobo National Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Exciting Safari in Zimbabwe

Join this safari with Matobo Hills Lodge to see the majestic wildlife of Matobo National Park in beautiful Zimbabwe. With unique wildlife, magnificent views and inescapable culture and history all around you, Matobo Hills offers a true Zimbabwean safari experience. Go scouting for rare animal and bird life through The Matobo National Park in a guided safari vehicle while taking in the ancient African rock formations and unforgettable scenery. If you are looking for an adventure in wild Africa, then this safari holiday is for you.

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Bulawayo
  • Park fees are not included.

Highlights

  • 3 thrilling game drives
  • Explore Matobo National Park
  • Spot rhinos, antelopes, leopards, and more
  • Cultural visits to local community villages
  • See the best cave paintings in Africa
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

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3 activity days
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
09:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Wedding

You will be staying at Matobo Hills Lodge. Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park, 50 kilometers from Bulawayo. Matopos Hills is an area of exquisite beauty, the lodge's accommodation units are built upon a granite outcrop with sweeping panoramic views over the surrounding hills. There are a separate lounge and bar which commands spectacular 360-degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley.

With a beautiful hill-top setting and distinctively superior guest service, it's easy to see why Matobo Hills Lodge has won the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence every year since they have reopened in 2012. Elegant décor coupled with legendary service and a host of premium complimentary amenities create an indulgent and unforgettable guest experience. Take a refreshing dip in the boutique pool or spend the afternoon lounging poolside, enjoying food and beverage service along with stunning views of the famed Matobo Hills national park.

Retreat to one of the lodges well-appointed guest rooms, complete with elegant furnishings and modern conveniences. With design elements that blend seamlessly with the natural beauty of the granite hills, no detail has been overlooked. 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 on 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.

Nearby places

  • Bulawayo, 50 kilometers

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ) to be met by your friendly driver. The road to the lodge travels through the historic town of Bulawayo. Enjoy the wide boulevards designed in pioneer times to turn a full span of oxen and wagon. Marvel at the untouched colonial and art deco architecture of the bustling city. Once in Matobo National Park, your eyes won't know which way to look at the sculptured granite which offers breathtaking views in every direction.

Catch the first glimpse of a shy klipspringer or the mighty black eagle before arriving at the lodge and settling in. Take in the spectacular viewpoints, or simply relax by the swimming pool. The afternoon is set aside for game viewing. Evening drives present the elusive magic of nocturnal Africa. Embark on a guided tour of this ancient Zimbabwean wilderness wrapped in infinite silence and bathed in starlight, and with the Matobo Hills legendary for its leopard population.

Day 2: Morning and afternoon drives

Begin your adventures with a morning drive scanning the landscape for animals hidden among the granite hills and start scouting for rhinos. Tracking rhino on foot with a professional guide in the Shadows of the Matobo Hills is one of the iconic safaris in Africa. Feel your heart pound as you get up close with one of the world's most beautiful, and endangered, animals, all while in the company of a trained professional guide.

In the evening, a gentle stroll up to World’s View for sundowners will bring your day to a perfect close. Rhodes’s grave sits atop a granite hill known to local inhabitants as "Malindidzimu," a Khalanga word which translates to "the hill of benevolent spirits". From the grave, there is an awe-inspiring 360 degrees view in every direction of the Matobo Hills. The knowledgeable guides will share the historic and cultural significance of this spot with you while you marvel at the surroundings with an ice cold beer or a glass of red wine in hand.

Day 3: Full day tour

A very special all-day drive awaits today exploring more of the granite wonderland. The Matobo Hills National Park has some of the most magnificent prehistoric caves and bushman artwork to be found anywhere in the world and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The knowledgeable historical guides will walk with you up to the caves and weave stories and tales of their bushman ancestors, how they hunted, how they lived and why they are no longer to be found in the area.

After the cave visit, you are welcomed by the local inhabitants of the Silozwe Valley in the Matobo Hills. Once in the picturesque village, you will be greeted by the friendly head man and treated to traditional African dancing by the talented locals who are proud to give you a tour of the village and their traditionally made homesteads and huts. Like any community, the locals enjoy sharing their culture, beliefs, and history. Gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a rural Zimbabwean and the joys and hardships of their everyday life. This is an authentic African experience you will encounter.

Day 4: Departure to the next destination or airport

This is the end of the tour.

Included excursions

  • Cultural trips to the friendly local community villages to interact and learn the way of the local inhabitants.
  • Drive in an open vehicle to some of the best cave paintings in Africa to explore the caves and learn about the history of the San-bushmen.
  • Evening sundowners and a historical talk at the grave of Cecil John Rhodes.
  • Game drives in the national park.
  • Track the white rhino on foot through the hills with an experienced professional guide.

Location

This safari will take place in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. The Matobo National Park is world-renowned for its large population of leopard and one of the last wild and free-roaming populations of rhino found anywhere in Africa. This is coupled with walks to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, whom Rhodesia was named after, as well as ancient bushman caves which are adorned with some of the oldest and best-preserved cave paintings on the continent.

The Matopos is an area of great beauty and is home to the white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope, leopard, and klipspringer. Birdlife is prolific and includes the world's largest concentration of black eagles. Once the home of the San (Bushman), the 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.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price. Lunch and dinner are three-course meals cooked in an African style over a wood fire by passionate local chefs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you may enjoy hikes and walks in the national park.

What's included

  • Safari activities
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals, biscuits, and fruits
  • Laundry
  • Teas and coffee station
  • Wi-Fi
  • 15% VAT

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Park entrance fees
  • Staff gratuities
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport (BUQ).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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