Amalinda Lodge

Amalinda Lodge

Kezi Road Matobo Hills, Matobo National Park - The Matopos 7441 Zimbabwe
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5.0
#1 of 2 campgrounds in Matobo National Park - The Matopos
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.9
Value
4.6
Driving over the magnificent granite whale-back dwalas famous to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matobo Hills brings you to the stunning Amalinda Lodge. An award winning property and rated top 3 Best Safari Camp in Zimbabwe in 2010, this lodge is ideal for the true safari connoisseur who is also looking for much more out of their experience. Guides here are Professional Archeologists whose knowledge of both the natural and historical splendor of the Matobo Hills completes the whole spiritual ambiance. Children of all ages welcome, malaria free area.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Kezi Road Matobo Hills, Matobo National Park - The Matopos 7441 Zimbabwe
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Jaya T wrote a review Jan 2020
Hamburg, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A stunning lodge nesting in the massive granite stone formations of Matopos. We stayed in rooms 8 and 10, both of them were incredibly spacious and beautifully furnished. The entire staff is committed to making your stay as memorable as possible...This lodge is full of ambiance. If you want to create some magic moments for yourself and people you care about, this place will definitely make it happen.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Joan K wrote a review Aug 2021
Wyncote, Pennsylvania
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The setting of Amalinda is extraordinary and the architecture is extremely creative and attractive.
Our guide Howard was excellent and very accommodating to our needs and desires. We enjoyed being with him and appreciated his expertise.
The food is fair but for a place of this standard, it should have been much better.
My biggest criticism is the overall discomfort of the accommodations. The lighting is very poor and there are no amenities. It is cold and a bathrobe (usual for upmarket lodges) would have been helpful. There is absolutely no privacy in the bathroom.
There are many situations in the rooms where one could get badly hurt.
I really expected this lodge to be far superior.
I enjoyed the activities of tracking rains, looking at rock art, and seeing the wonderful rock formations of the Motopos National Park.
I feel some money needs to be put into this lodge to make it the luxury lodge the owners consider it to be.
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Date of stay: July 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The honeymoon suite is by far the best
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vv wrote a review Jul 2022
Durban, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful lodge , set into massive rocks . We loved our stay. Rooms were very comfortable and warm and had everything we needed from electric blankets to bath robes for when you get out the beautiful bath . Food was amazing and the staff looked after us like we were royalty. We will definitely be back . Thank you Billy and staff.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Rickylee Taylor wrote a review Apr 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The food terrible , served a frozen starter and a S bland stew as a main meal with nothing fresh . we got asked if our bags were packed by the waiter at 9:30 cause they needed the room . The room was below standard with a hole in the sheet and mosquito net !!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Sharon Stead, Owner at Amalinda Lodge
Responded Apr 15, 2021
Hello Ricky Lee May I refer you to your letter sent 3 days ago with the above complaints. We replied asking for time to consult with our Manager to get his report back on your email and that we took your comments seriously. I'm sorry that you have not given us this time to respond before proceeding with your threats to post publicly on FaceBook and TripAdvisor. So may I kindly respond now as below; 1. It is standard procedure in our industry to have check in/check out times. Generally check-in is from midday and check out the following day by 10 am. This does not mean that you cannot stay in camp and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Your boyfriend was informed, whilst making paying in our office, that we were having a busy weekend and check out would be at 10am, but that you are still welcome to stay in camp for lunch. On check-in at the lodge, you were again informed of this requirement and this is also stated on your registration form which you duly signed. The following morning the waiter asked if you had prepared your bags so that he could assist with carrying them to your vehicle for you. He was only trying to offer you his services and it's unfortunate that this has upset you. 2. On your pre-booking dietary requirements, you stated that you / your boyfriend don't eat sea-food. When the starter at dinner was served, it was bream fish and you/your partner were given an alternative. However, it was requested then that you would like to have this fish starter, hence our kitchen rushed to get this to you timeously. General protocol at this time would be to speak to the Manager or waiter and inform them that it was not cooked. Upon this, we definitely would have attended to this complaint and fixed it appropriately at the time. It doesn't help us , nor you, after the fact. 3. On check in, you were upgraded to a room with two queen size beds. We checked the mosquito net, and we believe you are referring to a tiny hole where the metal frame has pushed through the netting fabric. It has already been sent to town for our tailor to fix. We have checked our linen and cannot find the hole in the sheet you are referring to - again it would have been beneficial for us had you pointed this out to us at the time. Luckily there were two beds to choose from. After consulting with our manager, he states " I am always on hand to help guests have an enjoyable and comfortable stay, our team would have happily made changes and adjustments for any comments or complaints mentioned there and then." I find it somewhat disappointing that as neighbours, you felt it necessary to not allow us the opportunity to personally call you regarding the above after having done our investigations. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. Warmest regards Sharon
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Jamie M wrote a review Jul 2022
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I cannot commend Amalinda and their wonderful, friendly staff enough. From the truly stunning architecture built in to the boulders, the fauna and stunning views. I genuinely had a lump in my throat as we were helped to our accomodation, it was spectacular, including a chain bridge to a separate balcony area. Everything was handled brilliantly by the staff in terms of your room.

Food was fantastic and had a real communal vibe, with staff and holidayers socialising by the fire in the evening. What was an amazing touch was having your guide sit with you for meals, it was really lovely to know them better and learn of their fascinating amount of knowledge.

Onto the guides, they really are the best in the world in Zimbabwe. Not only are they your incredibly educated guide for the bush but also your waiter, helper, protector and friend all in one. Our guide "Brightwell'." Truly is an amazing person and felt blessed to meet him, let alone be guided around the amazing places of Matopos.

Honestly cannot recommend Amalinda enough for any possible reason you can think of. They really made us feel special and made our dream holiday come true.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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D. White wrote a review Jun 4
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amalinda Lodge is very unique and charming. The lodge is actually set right in the granite hills. Our room had a large boulder right in the middle separating the bathroom and bedroom. The room itself was spacious with a comfortable king bed. The staff and service are top notch. This is also true of the delicious food served in the restaurant. My travel agent had told the lodge I had an aversion to onions, and without any prompting from myself, the staff made sure every meal was onion free. It was this attention to detail that made the lodge standout. As for our guide, Kevin, he was very knowledgeable with eyes sharp enough to pick out a small, spotted owl in a tree that gave my wife a great photo. Other than rhinos( which you are almost guaranteed to see in the park), the wildlife is not abundant in this area. However, this is not the main reason to come here. You come to Amalinda Lodge for the spectacular scenery of the granite hills, the history, the culture, and yes, the rhinos. We started our 2 week safari with 3 nights at Amalinda, and it was a great way to be introduced to the culture and history of Zimbabwe( the animals came later). It was also one of the most unique lodges we have ever stayed in. What a treat!
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nigel wrote a review Feb 2020
Mississauga, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at Amalinda in 1994, and out of interest, I looked it up. Back in '94, it was the most amazing place to stay in, we were there for a few days, enjoyed the lodge tremendously, as well as an incredibly knowledgeable and experienced guide. The highlight for us were visits to old Bushmen sites, with paintings on the rocks, as well as the incredible scenery and wildlife. The Lodge itself was one of a kind, unique and picturesque, and in looking at the Lodge's current website, I recognize a few things that haven't changed - the dining table made from refurbished railway sleepers of what I recall was Rhodesian teak, absolutely beautiful and incredibly heavy. The cabins are also unique, african-styled with thatched roof's and bathrooms built into and around the naturally occurring rocks. Amalinda is a place that's lived on in our memories, and from the look of the current website, it's only improved. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Helen M wrote a review May 2022
Cookham, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved our stay here. The rock face of the majestic Matopos seamlessly flow into the room and cloister a lovely shower. The magnificent atmosphere of the place itself is complemented by the calm but warm welcome of the staff. Everything was as it should be, and the magic of the lodge surpassed expectation - photos barely do it justice! Thank you for a wonderful stay. We wished we could have stayed longer!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Torquayvisitor wrote a review Jul 2022
Torquay, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing place - all of the staff were so friendly and considerate. The accommodation is stunning, food was amazing ( we had 2 teenagers in tow and they were very happy). Our guide Howard was super cool and really knowledgeable from the history of Matobo, to finding the wildlife (rhino a huge highlight). Nothing was too much trouble and the warmth and hospitality was really first class - we would recommend for a different safari and culture based experience
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: We were there in winter so bring warm clothes - although the electric blankets were a nice touch...
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Erickson18 wrote a review Sep 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an incredible stay here. Our only regret is that we could not be here longer.

Billy knew that I had a special interest in rock art, and he was able to give us room 8, which has its own pictograph in the room. The rooms are built into the natural rocks, so every place in the lodge was beautiful.

Our guide Edward went beyond the call of duty to make sure we could see a lot in a short period of time. During the first evening he took us to watch an incredible sunset from a rocky hill, and took us to see a granary that had been used during an uprising against colonialism in the 1890s. Both the rock art and the rocks he showed us in the park were incredible, worthy of its world heritage status. There were white rhinos — but I also should mention the zonkey at the lodge.

I appreciate that the lodge works with the community through a nonprofit.

If you stay here you should expect ti walk up and down steps, but the exercise is great after all the fine meals. The staff were all very attentive and made sure the stay was memorable.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe43 contributions
Good day, we look forward to welcoming you to Amalinda Lodge. We do provide basic amenities such as Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and robes. However, we do not supply toothbrushes or slippers. Thank you
Answer from Natasha M
Harare, Zimbabwe39 contributions12 helpful votes
Hi there...yes I think it would be a good idea to bring a power converter and adaptor. I have no doubt that you will thoroughly enjoy your stay.
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe26 contributions20 helpful votes
Hi Betithemba We have a special on at the moment "My Beautiful Zimbabwe" which is $125 per person per night. This is applicable to ZIM and SADC residents on a full board basis. Includes accommodation and meals only. Please contact us on : resman@amalindacolleciton. co.zw
carolinejh1 wrote a tip Aug 2023
Suffolk, United Kingdom22 contributions165 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check the weather - we needed more warm clothing as it was unseasonably chilly."
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Kevin R wrote a tip Jun 2023
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you see everything "
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Elizabeth A wrote a tip Jun 2023
Barrie, Canada28 contributions147 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms near the top offer beautiful views but you need to have good mobility to get there."
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Torquayvisitor wrote a tip Jul 2022
Torquay, United Kingdom11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were there in winter so bring warm clothes - although the electric blankets were a nice touch at night"
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Michael F wrote a tip Jun 2022
Winter Haven, Florida151 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Rhino tracking is a must do. Amazing experience."
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PRICE RANGE
$1,022 - $1,278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Camp Amalinda
LOCATION
ZimbabweMatabeleland South ProvinceMatobo National Park - The Matopos
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amalinda Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Amalinda Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Cecil Rhode's Burial Place (0.00 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Amalinda Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Amalinda Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Amalinda Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amalinda Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Amalinda Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Amalinda Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.