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Shashani, Matobo Hills

Matobo holds a magic like none other. Its environment, ambience and lasting impact is unique to its location, found nowhere else in Africa. It’s quiet wilderness, steeped in history and embedded in culture, finds a way to settle onto your skin and steals a special part of your heart.

Built atop a granite kopjie (hill), Shashani Matobo Hills has the honour of gazing out over this remarkable Zimbabwean landscape. Each room offers its own private view, a personal sliver of paradise gifted to you from your chalet. 

Explore the more gentle and cultural side of Africa, set amongst giant granite domes, the earth decorated with the footsteps of rhino; a place where the veil between heaven and earth is thin.

Your Experience

A private game reserve filled with plains game invites long walks through animal corridors and woodland forests, up close and personal with the more delicate side of nature. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holding some of the oldest known cave paintings in the world, as well as the home to Cecil John Rhodes’s grave, Matobo is cloaked in culture, heritage and ancient stories written in the rocks.

If one is seeking a location to soothe the soul, Matobo and its surrounds will willingly answer your call. Undulating granite hills, covered in colourful lichen and blanketed in history awaken one’s curiosity, and demands the respect of presence. Exploring ancient grain bins from cultures of old, spending time learning of traditional Ndebele rituals, exerting yourself to climb rock faces, or follow in the footsteps of guides to find rhino – activities honour the inquisitive. Or perhaps you would like to lie by the pool, cocktail in hand, absorbing the sounds of the wilderness.

Shashani Matobo Hills

Location

Landing at the Bulawayo airport, a transfer awaits to take you to the lodge, 65km out of town and an hour and a half away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Prices

From USD 230 per person sharing (Green Season)

Includes
All meals, water, soft drinks, beers, ciders, mixers and house wine, all activities in camp, a rhino tracking day trip and a visit to the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, return road transfers from Bulawayo Airport or Town to Shashani Matobo Hills.

Excludes
Transfers, imported and premium brand drinks, activities not mentioned above, park fees USD 15.00 per person per day, National History Museum fee USD 10.00 per person, per day, Walking permit for Rhino tracking fee USD 15.00 per person.

SADC* rates are available. Please contact us to enquire.

*Southern African Development Community

Shashani, Matobo Hills

Meet The Team

Our team at Shashani Matobo Hills Lodge reflect the nature of the area – gentle in ambience yet solid and reliable, like the surrounding granite rocks. Service and personal attention is performed with typical Zimbabwean pride and friendliness, welcoming and aware of all your needs. You will be perfectly cared for by these carefully selected and highly respected individuals, making up our Matobo family.

Safari Collection

Each of our Hideaways collections have been designed to deliver an extraordinary safari experience, in close proximity to Africa’s spectacular wildlife and pristine wilderness, whilst ensuring the conservation of these unique conservation areas. With over 30 years of travel experience, unprecedented hospitality and the finest bespoke eco-offering, we ensure that our guests experience the best of Southern Africa in absolute comfort and style.

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Facilities

Built on the edge of a giant rock dome, Shashani Matobo Hills encourages one to observe the landscape in all its splendour, from private patio to the horizon, and beyond. Each of the 10 en suite rooms gaze upon woodland landscape, interlaced with characteristic granite rock formations, viewed from one’s verandah. The main building is open-planned and spacious, with a lounge, bar, outdoor dining and fireplace for chilly winter nights. A swimming pool allows for relaxation with either book or cocktail in hand, succumbing to your surroundings.

  • En suite bedrooms
  • Private patio
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Dining Area
  • Fireplace
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safe

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Game Drives

A game drive from the lodge through the concession which borders the National Park gifts plains game, viewed through golden savannah grass. The drive also allows for guests to take in the fascinating granite kopje formations which are so characteristic of Matobo – filled with ancient rock paintings and cultural significance. On a drive through the Matobo National Park itself, guests may come across the elusive Rhino – a bucket list sighting for any safari aficionado.

Game & Rock Painting Walks

Walking through the Matobo Park is an invitation to fulfill cultural and historical curiosity. With rock painting, archeological sites and ancient grain bins accessible by foot from the lodge, one may take an educational journey into the past of Zimbabwe. Immersed in nature, beneath breathtaking rock formations with a chance to see plains game while following in the footsteps of old is a spiritual and fascinating experience.

Rhino Tracking

A day into the Matobo Hills National Park is an experience unlike any other in the safari realm. The diversity of the day satiates a variety of interests – from tracking one of the big five on foot through the bush, to climbing granite hills of historical significance which hold Cecil John Rhodes’s grave, and finally witnessing some of the oldest cave paintings in the world. Led by a private guide, this full day tour will leave you fascinated, educated and in awe of the beauty and diversity of Zimbabwe.

Bulawayo City Tour

Bulawayo is a city of historical and cultural significance in Zimbabwe. Its wide streets and old colonial buildings hold many stories of the past – shared with you by a local renowned historian and raconteur. A half day tour will reveal tales of old which now sit beneath a bustling city – as well as show the resilience and character of the local people through exploring backstreets and hidden markets. A full day tour will include the local museums; one for railway enthusiasts which holds the visions, hopes and excursions of Cecil John Rhodes, another which contains the natural history of the country – respectively proud in their contents, ready to share the past.