Matobo Hills Lodge is situated within a private wildlife reserve bordering Matobo National Park (50km 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 is a separate lounge/bar which commands spectacular 360-degree views of Mount Ififi and the Maleme Valley.
The Matopos is an area of great beauty and is home to the white and black rhinoceros, sable antelope, leopard and klipspringer. Bird life is prolific and includes the world’s largest concentration of black eagles. Once the home of the San (Bushman), this area contains the richest source of their rock art found anywhere.
Certain areas of the national park have religious significance for the Ndebele people, and it was here that they buried their great king, Mzilikazi. Cecil Rhodes was also laid to rest on the crest of the ‘Hill of Benevolent Spirits’.
There are 17 lodges at Matobo Hills Lodge, all of which have en suite bathrooms. Be revitalised in our blissfully large rooms. We have all the little extras you would expect from a World-Class Hotel such as dimming lights, overhead fans, a kettle, a generous tea and coffee station. Your room also comes with freshwater Jugs & water glasses
Bar & Restaurant
Everything we do at Matobo Hills Lodge is a celebration of Zimbabwean food. From how we source our products, to how we serve them. You can expect to savour a local feast! Lunch & dinner are three-course meals cooked African safari style, Over a wood fire by our passionate local chefs who cook with creativity and technique.
Matobo Hills Lodge makes planning your Matobo Hills wedding effortless – whether you work with us directly or through your wedding planner.
Many couples plan their entire Matobo Hills wedding from a different city and simply arrive in Matobo for their big day, with total confidence in our expertise.
Activities at Matobo Hills Lodge
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 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 Hills, in particular the birds of prey, make the area of special interest to the ornithologist and the amateur bird watcher.