We were collected from Bulawayo Airport in a comfortable Quantum, by Driving you Wild, which is the transfer company under the Amalinda Collection banner.
The transfer from Bulawayo to Camp Amalinda in the Matopos Hills took
roughly an hour. On the way to Camp Amalinda, we drove through the city of Bulawayo and various farmlands. In the short drive to camp, you can really
see the landscape change from flat to rocky and slightly hillier. Once you turn off the main road toward Camp Amalinda, you literally get to go “rock
climbing” from the safety of your vehicle
The biggest drawcard of Amalinda Lodge is the individually themed/decorated rooms built into the rocks, and the amazing natural pool built into the rocks.
The deluxe/honeymoon suites are extra special with one room containing a bridge from the room to a romantic sala area overlooking the tree tops. The
pool is located a short walk from the entrance area, and not only is a nice and large pool, there is also a bar that is always manned during the summer
time, a private dining area, a library, and a spa area with an inside treatment room and an area to spoil yourself out on the rocks outside.
The included activities in the rate are: game drives, visits to Cecil John Rhodes’ grave, tours to the Bushman caves and paintings, rhino walks, and cultural tours. The game drives and rhino walks are conducted in the Matopos National Park. The rhino walks need to be pre-arranged so as to advise the national parks anti-poaching and rhino watch units. Cecil John Rhodes’ grave is also inside the park. Your guide tells you all about Cecil Rhodes’ life weaving a path of his legacy as you move from grave site to grave site of the many people involved in one way or another with Rhodes’ life timeline.
The Amalinda Collection also is involved with the Mother Africa Trust, which was started back in 2006. Through the trust, they work to empower local Zimbabweans and help them develop a brighter future for themselves and the people around them.
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