Zimbabwe : Matobo National Park
Matobo National Park in the South East of Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe's oldest National Park and a UNESCO heritage site. Famous for its beautiful wooded valleys and granite kopjes formed over 2 billion years ago. The granite kopjes have weathered over the years leaving a variety of famous shapes such as Mother and Child Kopje, some also have 2,000 year old rock paintings from the San Bushmen with over 3,000 rock 'art sites' which you can visit during your stay. With vast botanic diversity, the park is famous for its high populations of white rhino, sable antelope, leopards and the black/verreaux eagle. You can also spot black rhino, plains game, hyena, cheetah, secretary birds and the rare cape eagle owl. However there are no lion or elephant, which means you are free to hike among the kopjes looking for the rock art and track the rhino on foot.
Nestled among the granite kopjes, Camp Amalinda is a cosy and unique lodge created within the boulders of Matabo. With just nine rooms with en-suite bathrooms built into the rock face with open showers and freestanding baths. The lodge itself has a large lounge, a huge swimming pool with panoramic views of the Matopos and waterhole, a bar, a Heritage Spa, snug library and chess room. You can enjoy meals here in the open air living room or around the Boma fire with a large wine selection from a hidden cellar in one of the boulders. At Amalinda you can enjoy a range of activities from game drives, bush walks, rhino tracking, explore the rock art from the San Bushmen or visit the tomb of Cecil Rhodes at the 'view of the world'.
Big Cave Camp sits atop the famous granite Kopjes of Matobos National Park with stunning views over the surrounding landscape. Incorporating the famous boulders into the lodge's infrastructure offering both authenticity and comfort. With seven thatched cottages each with their own en-suite bathrooms, with flushing toilets and hot running water, private balcony and picturesque views, particularly as the sun sets over the rocks. During the heat of the day you can enjoy the natural rock pool with sundeck or lounge in the library, by the bar or any of the communal areas. At dinner you can enjoy drinks around the camp fire under a starlit sky before enjoying home cooked meals. Apart from the obvious activities here visiting the rock art and bush walks you can partake in some more unusual activities such as mountain biking, adventure races and yoga and wellbeing courses.