Nestled in a wilderness of granite, award-winning Camp Amalinda's 9 rooms are aesthetically built into the rock formations, and combine world-class facilities with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty for which the Matobo Hills is celebrated.
There are few places on earth where you can lie beneath a canopy of rocks that emanate an energy that is almost tangible. Tucked away into an ancient bushman shelter, Camp Amalinda’s almost mystical spirituality reflects the rich heritage of San rock art found in this World Heritage Site. Some of the most breathtaking granite scenery is found in the Matobo Hills, home to a profusion of wildlife including the world’s highest concentrations of leopard and black eagle. It is also an IPZ sanctuary to endangered black and white rhino.
Established in 1926 as Rhodes Matopos National Park, a bequest from Cecil John Rhodes who was buried here, the renamed Matobo National Park forms the core of of the Matobo Hills. Its rocky outcrops or dwalas are composed entirely of granite that has weathered into fantastic shapes of balancing boulders over the centuries. The Hills is an area of high botanic diversity, with over 200 species of tree, including the mountain acacia, wild pear and the paperbark tree. There are also many aloes, wild herbs and over 100 grass species. The wide diversity of fauna includes 175 birds, 88 mammals, 39 snakes and 16 fish species. You are likely to see game such as leopard, rhino, sable antelope, impala, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and ostrich.
The well-appointed thatched rooms are built in and among the granite boulders and include three double rooms, three family rooms, and a trio of suites that are ideal for honeymooners. The spiritual ambience of the Matobos lends itself well to such a special time in one’s life. The rooms are set well apart from each other and the only sounds you are likely to hear will be those of birds and other wildlife. Each has a distinctive look and feel and is steeped in African artefacts of a bygone era. Featuring boulders as dividing walls, and showers and bathrooms built into the granite rock face, a unique accommodation experience awaits you.
This African inspired refuge overlooks a nearby waterhole and offers a relaxed atmosphere, wonderful views, and excellent cuisine. Wi-Fi is available, and the library has a selection of classic reads. Delicious set meals are served at the captain’s table in the thatched, elevated dining area, preceded by evening sundowners in the sunset lounge, or around a fire in the boma area. Two bar areas offer a variety of local and imported beverages. Take in the aura and beauty of the Matobo Hills while relaxing beside the specially designed infinity rock swimming pool built on top of natural granite, or indulge yourself in an exclusive and private massage by the expert in-house masseuse at the Safari Spa.
A wide variety of activities by vehicle and on foot are led by knowledgeable and professional guides through this enchanting area.
Game drives into the National Park offer an unforgettable safari experience and a unique insight into the prolific wildlife, scenic beauty, geological features and historical significance of the area.
Specialised rhino tracking by vehicle or on foot in one of the last bastions of both black and white rhino in Africa is guided by the skill and knowledge of highly experienced guides.
Guided walks around the camp, including sunset hikes to the tops of granite dwalas, are entirely safe – you could bump into warthog, zebra, klipspringer, kudu, impala, wildebeest, reedbuck, duiker, steenbok, hyrax and a vast variety of bird life. Watch out for the elusive leopard, although he’ll definitely see you first.
Guided tours head to a choice of world-renowned caves and San rock art paintings. Explore the hills where mysterious nomads once held their sacred ceremonies. The rocky granite topography boasts more than 2 000 sites of the San (Bushman) tribes and is probably the richest source of San rock art known to man.
Historic drives through the granite hills in the footsteps of Cecil John Rhodes take in the breathtaking views form his world famous tomb, aptly known as View of the World.
Cultural visits to a nearby Ndebele village, where many projects at the school, clinic and orphanage have been undertaken through Amalinda’s social responsibility program, The Mother Africa Trust.