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Castles of Matobo Hills

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Add this 4-day extension to any Zimbabwe tour with a stopover to Bulawayo town. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Matobo Hills and Matobo National Park. Wander through the breathtaking granite boulder landscape, spot wildlife, track black and white rhino, and experience some unique sides to a Zimbabwe safari seldom seen in other regions.
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  • Hike through granite boulders of the Matobo Hills UNESCO Site
  • Stay at Camp Amalinda, a quirky and unique traditional safari lodge
  • Track black or white rhino and spot game in Matobo National Park
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive Bulawayo

Arrive to Bulawayo town airport. Here you are met and drive the rest of the way to Camp Amalinda, about 45 km south of town. Settle in to your safari camp here, the quirky yet upscale Camp Amalinda. Set in and around the huge boulders of Matobo Hills, this lodge offers individually-decorated suites located at the base of a watering hole that attracts zebras from the area. Settle in to your new home and enjoy the first glimpse of your surroundings.

Contact us to arrange additional hotel nights during layovers en route.

Day 2-3: Camp Amalinda and Matobo Hills

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend these two full days exploring the region of the UNESCO Site of Matobo Hills and the Matobo National Park. The grandeur of the region is unlike any other in Zimbabwe, and the giant granite castle kopjes set a stunning backdrop in which to spot game. Enjoy easy walks around the area, travel to nearby San rock art sites, or enjoy a full-day strenuous hike to Nanke Cave. Track both black and white rhino while on foot with your professional guide. Opt to drive through the park spotting game with your guide. Learn about some of the famous explorers of the region, such as Cecil John Rhodes, and the history of the Matabele people here. Gain insight into the Matabele as well with a visit to a nearby village, the primary school, and a local homestead in the area. Two scheduled safari activities are included each day and you can plan these days based on your interests.

Day 4: Return Bulawayo

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your last morning at Camp Amalinda before you return to the airport in Bulawayo for your flight on to your next destination.


Camp Amalinda

Camp Amalinda
Camp Amalinda
Camp Amalinda

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Rates based on group of 2 people in double occupancy.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Estimated Hotel in Layover City TBD
  • Park Entrance Fee: Matobo National Park fee - $15 per person/day
  • Airport Departure Tax - Domestic flight fees - departure out of Bulawayo


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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