Camp Amalinda is one of southern Africa's best-kept secrets. A luxury lodge hidden away among the Matobo Hills in southern Zimbabwe, it offers guests an exclusive retreat, far removed from other mega-safari destinations. The camp echoes history throughout, as it was once a bushman shelter with ancient artwork and paintings adoring the walls. Camp Amalinda gives guests the opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore a wilderness area which is pretty much untouched by tourism.
Relax in the library and read up on the Bushmen history or test your wits in the chess room. Select a vintage from the natural cave wine cellar, to go with your gourmet meal around a roaring fire in the boma. And you can enjoy great armchair game viewing at the bar, as it overlooks a waterhole that attracts a variety of wildlife. Delicious meals are served on a massive teak table in the open air dining room. Bask in the swimming pool and spoil yourself with a treatment at the Heritage Spa.
Accommodation consists of nine Stone suites built into the granite rocks that make the Matobo Hills famous. Each suite is individually decorated with stunning views of the surrounding area and all the usual creature comforts and amenities. There are two honeymoon suites - “The Lobengula Suite” (after Chief Lobengula, one of the early Ndebele leaders) and “The Rhodes Suite” (after Cecil John Rhodes) - each offering the utmost in privacy and luxury, as well as a range of historical artefacts linked to these two leaders. All the rooms are unmistakably African with stone, thatch and wood combining to create a rustic and earthy feel that brings the bush to you.
The game viewing inside the Matobo National Park is excellent, with many mammal and bird species, not to mention the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world. Go on game drives or bush walks tracking the rare black rhino in this malaria free wilderness, There are over 2000 Bushman sites in the area, allowing you to explore paintings and caves with an esteemed archaeologist. You can also learn about the history of Mzilikazi and the Ndebele people who inhabit this area - it is hardly surprising the region has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.