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Matobo National Park - The Matopos

Matobo Hills Lodge

Mineral King Farm Matopos National Park, Matobo National Park - The Matopos Zimbabwe
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Welcome to Matobo Hills Lodge! Matobo Hills Lodge was designed and constructed by Touch The Wild and was built using local labour and material. It opened in August 1992.The lodge is situated within a private nature reserve bordering the Matobo National Park and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular granite scenery in the world. The Matobo Hills are renowned not only for their beauty and abundant flora and fauna but also for their unique historical, cultural and spiritual significance. The granites of Matobo were formed over three thousand million years ago and have been carved by the erosive forces of nature into a remarkable gallery of sculptured rock covering several thousand square kilometres.In general terms two types of granite hills occur in Matobo. The chaotic jumbles of rocks and balancing boulders or ' castle kopjies' have been created by erosion working along the horizontal and vertical lines of weakness that formed as the ancient granites cooled. The massive ' whale backed' domes or ' dwalas' are the result of spheroidal weathering or 'onion skin peeling' that occurs during sudden changes in temperature. All of these forces of erosion act at an excruciatingly slow pace and it has taken nature hundreds of millions of years to create the incredible landscape we see today. Unfortunately she is not yet content with her efforts and her erosive power continues to act upon the surfaces of the rock. Nature will only rest when all the granites are gone and the Matobo becomes a flat, featureless sandy plain. Luckily for us this is going to take several more hundred million years so for now at least, we can continue to enjoy this amazing wilderness in all it's complexity. The northern section of the hills is a national park and it's wooded gorges and open valleys are home to a wide range of wildlife species including black and white rhinoceros, giraffe, sable antelope, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and tsessebe.
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Free parking
Outdoor pool
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Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mineral King Farm Matopos National Park, Matobo National Park - The Matopos Zimbabwe
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We had (as part of a prebooked group) an excellent buffet lunch, with a wide variety including fish , which doesn't turn up so often in landlocked Zimbabwe. The service was efficient, the setting pleasant and smart. The wifi was difficult to get into, and the loos were not good - no towels or paper. Probably the fault of the Zimbabwe economic situation, rather than the fault of the hotel.
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Property's Favorite Review
We spent two nights at Matobo Hills Lodge just after Christmas and wow. An incredible hideaway that kept us busy and let us relax completely at the same time. A standout was the staff who were so genuine, always greeting you and helping where they can, the best service I witnessed while I was in Zimbabwe. Delicious food and the most beautiful lodges. Would 10/10 recommend - it was the best couples getaway.
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Response from MatoposHillsLodge, Front Office Manager at Matobo Hills Lodge
Responded Jan 13, 2019
Hi Meika, Thank you for the absolutely lovely review that you have given us. We appreciate that you had a good time and it was relaxing for you. Special mention to the staff they always go the extra mile. We really hope to see you in future. Wishing you all the best :)
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Matopos Hill Lodge was perfect in every way and although this seems a high standard it really is an amazing lodge to visit. This is due to the attention to detail from the staff. They make the difference. The first impression was a complimentary shuttle which was early collecting us from Bulawayo and even happy to stop at a store for us on the way - no problem at all. Take your time, and how can I help was the attitude. Arriving at the lodge was a very quick efficient process and the setting is just jaw dropping among the granite domes and boulders. From the first meal to the last, the food was excellent and chef Michael made easily one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. We had all meals at the lodge amounting to 8 in total and every meal had more than enough options, freshly prepared and best of all the menu was always different and a welcome and tasty surprise. The service at meals and the bar was incredibly attentive, personable and friendly with a nothing is any trouble at all attitude. The room was very comfy with crisp white linen, all well maintained and with good amenities. It all had a very updated modern contemporary feel .The one day they had a water and electricity crisis and we grumbled a little and in no time it was resolved. Operating a lodge in a resource deprived country as Zimbabwe is, this was amazing and that they did not make excuses but fixed the problem. (I did feel a little bad mentioning cold showers considering the drought and power cut situation) We opted to do activities with the lodge guides and this was the best decision we could have made. Due to this the three nights was simply not enough and I was tempted to stay longer, very very tempted. I had originally only wanted to see the gravesite of Cecil John Rhodes, which I did twice. Guide Bheki however took us on a rhino trek, showed us the rockmen cave paintings and to a game park for animal viewing. I had no idea there was so much to see and do in the area and the majesty of the hills alone could tempt you to venture and explore endlessly. For hikers this is a paradise unequaled in any place I have ever visited and the summits offer so many vistas and scenic viewpoints. The history stretches back thousands of years through colonialism and modern times with evidence of all the many centuries of human occupation. From rock paintings to the grave of Rhodes the area is strewn with monuments, caves and historic sights. As Rhodes himself said "So little done, so much to do" I cannot recommend this amazing Lodge more highly and from the moment the reservations lady Thoko responded to my mail it was clear that this lodge cares. She personalized many aspects of my visit and was instrumental in setting the stage for one of the greatest visits I have experienced on a vacation. Thank You Matopos Hills Lodge and Thoko, Tatenda, Tawanda, Bheki, Bridget, Amos, Clive, Michael, Thandi and Andile. I know each name for a reason and each smile I can call up in a heartbeat. You guys rock - excuse the pun!
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The place is world class, right in the middle of the African Savanna Safari.Staff is warm, friendly & always smiling.Matopos Hill lodge is a must visit & stay for everything, business & leisure!So visit
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Response from MatoposHillsLodge, Front Office Manager at Matobo Hills Lodge
Responded Sep 22, 2019
Hi Allen, Thank you so much for a lovely review! I appreciate that you found us very warm and welcoming. Please do keep encouraging other people as well to come enjoy our hospitality. We hope to see you again in future! Best Wishes
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A great place to go for refreshing and relaxation. Wonderful scenic environment and beautiful views. The team is welcoming and full of smiles, good food. What an adventurous place. I would recommend it to anyone who loves outing and nature. Visit Matobo Hills Lodge for all your family, couples, group outing or just adventure, you love it.
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Response from MatoposHillsLodge, Public Relations Manager at Matobo Hills Lodge
Responded Aug 20, 2019
Allan! Thank you so much for the encouraging review and It was also an absolute pleasure to host you and Tsungi over your anniversary. I'm happy you felt welcomed. We always to our best to ensure the best experience. We hope to see you again in future. Happy Anniversary once more. Best Wishes
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$320 - $357 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ZimbabweMatabeleland South ProvinceMatobo National Park - The Matopos
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matobo Hills Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Matobo Hills Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Matobo Hills Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Matobo Hills Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Matobo Hills Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.