The Matobo Hills is a place for adventurers, romantics, mystics, seekers and those who dare to get off the beaten path.
Whether you prefer a picnic with your family, climbing a hill to new heights or just a gathering with friends, the Matobo area is abound with landmarks that offer experiences worth sharing.
Al you have to do is to leave the big city hassles behind and discover heritage and true African hospitality in one of Zimbabwe’s most famous Cultural Landscapes.
Here are the 5 Landmarks you must see in Matobo.
1 . Inungu Hill
Inungu Hill.Read more about Hills in Matobo Here.
Natural splendour mated to the rich spiritual and cultural traditions appeals to the pilgrims in particular.
2 . Lumene Falls
3 . Mother and Child Kopje
Weathering upon the granite has produced some of the most spectacular rock scenery found anywhere on the planet.
The Mother and Child Kopje is one such impressive formation in the #Matopos.
Travelers from all over the world are drawn by mystery of the unusual rock formations, which look like the result of some volcanic eruption yet they were formed by unimaginable erosion over two billion years ago.
4. Breakfast Rock at Laing’s Field
The Matobo Hills are renowned not only for their beauty and abundant flora and fauna but also for their unique historical significance.
5. Maleme Dam
An African Safari with your Squad is nothing but epic adventure. But, travelling with your squad may be fraught with conflict & misunderstanding.
Here are 6 Tips to help you Safari together and stay friends.
Before the Trip
1. Verbalise your expectations
Consider everyone’s wants and agree on the basics: where you’re going and how much time you’re spending there. Then agree on what you’ll do during the trip.
For example, everyone might agree on three days in the Matobo Hills and four days in Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. But one person may want to see more of game animals, while another wants to do more of culture trips and village tours.
Make sure everyone is on the same page with at least a rough schedule before you leave.
2. Agree on budgets
Establish how much to spend ahead of time.Discuss what reasonable amount of money to spend on dinner and accommodation for example.
Money is the cause of more arguments among friends than probably anything else. Be willing to compromise where needed and go it alone if necessary.
During the Trip
3. Take a break from each other
Everyone will need some personal time. Part company for part of the day to explore on your own and then reunite for dinner.
Too much togetherness can put a strain on your trip especially when different people want to indulge different interests.
Just because you’re traveling together, doesn’t mean you need to do everything together.
4. Go with the flow
Bring along your patience and flexibility. These two virtues can augment the epicness of an adventure, yet a lack of them may ruin it.
Be sure not to steamroll your travel companions with ideas all the time. Give everybody an equal chance to call the shots in your adventure. It cannot be about what you want to do all the time.
Don’t focus on being right all the time, instead just focus on being a good travel companion. You’ll have to compromise, make your peace with it.
5. Be present
A Safari with your squad will definitely create shared memories and experiences. In short, it will likely bring you closer together with your friends.
Make the most of being together by limiting your time on social media. in the worst case scenario, too much texting while on a Safari with friends may come off as a sign of disinterest and boredom on your part and may lead to resentment.
6. Communicate openly
Bring up issues openly and respectfully as they arise. If there’s something your friends are doing that’s bothering you, SPEAK UP.
You may think you don’t want to ruin your vacation by talking about your feelings and risking a fight, but the truth is that travel brings out stress and any bottled feelings will explode.
You are better off speaking out about problems early and calmly, so you have a chance to amend behaviours and improve the rest of the trip. Acknowledge your shortcomings too, and be willing to apologise.
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YES you read that right. There is a right and wrong way to be a wildlife tourist.
We all love animals. It is in our nature to care for animals.
We want to know more about them.
We even want to interact with them and that’s where our misguided love for wildlife becomes problematic and detremental to the animal.
Riding elephants, walking with lions and taking photos WITH wild animals sounds fun, but in reality, these are unnatural ways of interacting with wildlife.
The truth of the matter is that you need to be wide eyed and alert to unethical behaviour throughout the entire safari industry.
The problem with the so-called ‘intimate’ wildlife encounters.
The major problem with such kinds of ‘intimate’ wildlife encounters is that they sometimes rely heavily on breeding wild animals in captivity without a clear plan for release back into the wild.
At worst, they also rely on inhumane handling of wild animals under the guise of ‘training’ them and making ‘safe’ for human interaction.
How else would you train an elephant without separating it from its mother while it is young and instilling fear in it? How else would you make a lion safe to walk with, pose for a selfie with and touch without declawing, drugging it or simply keeping it in habituation.
Clearly, paying huge sums of money to interact with wild animals in this manner is the wrong way to be a wildlife tourist in our country and anywhere else in the world.
Instead, the right way to be a wildlife tourist is to ensure that your own interaction with wildlife is ethical. Here are three ways.
1. ENSURE that at all times, you are viewing wild animals engaging in natural behaviours in their natural environments.
In the same vein, if you want to see lions, go to Hwange National Park and observe them in the wilderness.
Who knows, you might see a lion hunting for its next meal and that will surely be a much more interesting encounter than taking a selfie with a lion in captivity.
2. LOOK out for red flags
At times, we view animals in places called Wildlife ‘Sanctuaries’ and ‘Orphanages’.
Whilst some of these places are doing a good job to conserve wildlife and protect it, some of them get sloppy and begin to exploit the animals they purport to save.
Your job as a wildlife tourist also is to scrutinise the welfare of wildlife kept in these places.
Question whether or not the environment is appropriate for the animals.Be sure to observe shelter, and check if there is ample space for the animals to live comfortably and rest.
Also observe whether or not they have a secluded place to retreat from crowds.
Observe the appearance of the animals themselves. Are they injured? Are the animals being forced to perform for tourists like giving rides and posing with them.
Most importantly, ask when the animals will be released back into the wild and check if the sanctuary has released any in the past.
A lion cub which has been handled by hundreds of humans can almost never be successfully released into the wild according to Conservation Travel Africa, an organisation dedicated to bridging the gap between wildlife conservation and community development.
3. ACT responsibly
When viewing wildlife in their natural habitat or otherwise, you have to act responsibly so that you do not cause distress to the animals.
For instance, when on Safari, dress appropriately – in khakhis, dark greens and browns so that you blend in with natural environment.
Bheki Jiyane, a tour guide with a Safari operator in the Matopos National Park, advises wildlife tourists to “make very little noise and turn off camera flashes so that your presence is less distressing for the animals.”
Loud and unnatural noises distress wildlife.
The Matobo Hills have perhaps the best preserved San Bushman paintings anywhere in the world. There are over 3,000 Rock art sites in the hills, some inside massive cavernous caves, whilst most others are paintings or sketches on the side of a rock or overhang.
Ancient people probably started painting in the caves of the Matobo Hills around thirty thousand years ago but the art we see today would be no more than two to three thousand years old at most. This is because of all the weathering that has taken place of the millennia. The oldest dated San Bushmen paintings in the Matobo Hills are around 13,000 years old, these were found at Pomongwe cave.
There are many magnificent caves in the Matobo Hills, here we have picked out what we think are the six best that you should try and visit.
Not only are these caves beautiful in their own right, they also contain the best preserved and most unique paintings.
PRO TIP – It is important to remember when visiting any pre-historic San Bushman site not to touch the paintings, the oils from your skin do permanent damage to ancient artwork that is thousands of years old, so please be careful and respectful at all times.
6 – Pomongwe Cave
Pomongwe Cave is very easy to access, being situated on ground level very close to the Maleme Rest Camp and the main tarred road. Pomongwe cave is gargantuan in size, it is a marvelous cavernous cave. Unfortunately nearly all of the artwork has been destroyed by early misguided preservation attempts in the 1920s, when linseed oil was applied. If you are looking for great cave paintings then this is not the cave unfortunately.
Pomongwe cave has been excavated several times throughout the last 60 years with some of the oldest deposits dating back 16,000 years – an incredible length of time when you think about it.
The positives about this cave is its accessibility and grandeur but sadly the pre-historic paintings have all but disappeared.
We definitely recommend visiting Pomongwe but only if you have seen another cave on our list.
5 – Gulubahwe Cave
Gulubahwe Cave is well off the beaten track and you have to be pretty determined to get there on a corrugated dirt road but it is a real hidden gem of the Matobo Hills. Hardly visited, you will find it a rewarding trip. The cave lies just off the Old Gwanda road outside of the Matopos National Park itself.
Perhaps the most compelling single painting in all of the Matobo Hills lies here (literally). A monstrous sketched snake measuring 15 meters long crawls and slithers across this small cave. Painted in a red outline, filled in a pink hue, this mythical snake has the head of an dog with ears and a main. All along the back of the snake, humans, animals and ancient mystical creatures seem to be riding it.
There are many competing theories and myths as to what this snake represents. One story says the snake was used by elders as an ancient watch dog of sorts, a story was told to the young herd boys making sure they did not fall asleep whilst herding because if they did the snake from Gulubahwe Cave would come and feast on the goats and then the young sleeping boys themselves.
It is hard to be sure of the exact meanings behind these paintings at Gulubahwe Cave but they are well worth a visit.
A great reason to visit Gulubahwe Cave is to see the paintings but if you don’t have much time in the park there are other caves that would be better suited to you.
4 – Bambata Cave
Bambata Cave is the most excavated cave in the Matobo Hills and much of our pre-historic knowledge of the area comes from this very cave.
Bambata Cave has been excavated to 15 meters providing incredible deposits of remains, dating from around 2000 years ago to some material dating over 250,000 years old! This cave is worth a visit for its history that has stretched over epochs, as well as it’s beautiful and unique paintings.
The cave wall is littered with wild animal outlines, paintings and sketches such as Elephant, Zebra, Rhino, kudu as well sa plethora of other animals. The wall is adorned with mystic and ancient abstract paintings done in a wild variety of dazzlingly beautiful colours. Some of the paintings are suspected to be part of mystical trance ceremonies that’s took place.
Bambata is a huge cave perched on a hilltop just off the main Kezi road.
Unfortunately, the main entrance to the cave is now inaccessible by road but you can still access the cave by going through the White Waters Game Park and walking to the cave from the back side.
Bamabata is a fascinating cave but perhaps not the ideal one to visit if you have not seen any of the other caves in the Matobo Hills.
3- Nswatugi Cave
Nswatugi Cave is one of the most accessible caves in the Matobo Hills. Located just behind Maleme Dam, this cave is staggeringly beautiful and definitely the best example of San Bushmen paintings you will see without having to do a big hike. The cave is a relatively short 10 to 15 minute walk from the car park.
If you are not looking to do a lung busting walk, then this is perhaps the finest example of ancient artwork that you will see. Nswatugi Cave is one of the most well visited caves for all of these reasons.
Nswatugi Cave is not large, one wall of wondrous animal and camping scenes dominates the cave. The paintings are very well-preserved in dark red and orange shades. Several antelope can be seen hopping across the wall as well as a delicate zebra near the entrance.
This cave has been excavated twice. The oldest deposits date back around 8,000 years. One interesting discovery during the caves excavation was a young female skeleton.
We highly recommend this beautiful cave.
2 – Silozwane Cave
Just the drive to Silozwane Cave makes it worth it! The cave is located outside of the Matobo National Park in the Silozwe rural area. Along the way you will see perfectly set villages nestled amongst the granite wilderness in what is one of the most ravishingly beautiful natural areas anywhere in Zimbabwe.
It must be noted that the cave is quite a long drive and once in the car park, it will be a steep and strenuous 20 to 30 minutes to climb to the top. Reaching the cave does require a certain level of fitness.
It will take you about an hour and a half to get to the Silozwane car park from them main Matopos gate entrance. The cave lies on top of a massive granite dome that you will see from a long way off. The mountain on which the cave lies is unique, even amongst the other hills in the area.
Silozwane Cave has some of the best preserved and largest murals of ancient San Bushmen paintings in the Matobo Hills. The cave was also used as the shrine by “Mlimo” the tribal oracle and spiritual leader of the Ndebele people.
The cave boasts a variety of traditional scenes and mind bending murals. Beautiful and delicate paintings of giraffe as well as traditional hunting scenes adorn the walls, if you look closely you will be able to see an intricate sketch of a termite on the northern wall of the cave.
The cave is dominated by paintings of very large humans, up to four feet in length, painted in a dark red ochre. In Silozwane Cave you will find all the traditional scenes that can be seen in rock art sites throughout the Matobo Hills.
The Cave has an stunningly beautiful view over the valley below making it one of the very best caves you can visit in the Matobo Hills but not quiet the best in our opinion.
1 – Inanke Cave
The greatest cave in the Matobo Hills. Firstly, it will not be easy to get there. Located deep in the Togwana wilderness area, this cave is difficult to get to by car and has to be accessed by a 4*4 vehicle.
Once in the car park, located above Togwana Dam, you will have a 14 kilometer return hike in front of you to the finest pre-historic cave in all of Zimbabwe.
The hike is simply one of most beautiful one day walks found anywhere on the planet. From running streams to marshy grasslands, the biodiversity along the way is truly incredible. The walk takes in several historical sites along the way including a pre-historic iron furnace and several other painted shelters.
This cave is very rarely visited because of how difficult it is to find and the length of the walk to get there but you will be richly rewarded when you reach your destination.
The finest prehistoric art in all of Zimbabwe lies inside this deep domed cave completly hidden from view to the outside world by shrubs and trees.
The skill, beauty and sheer detail of the paintings in this cave are unmatched.
Paintings include an intricate giraffe that is believed to be the finest pre-historic painting in all of Zimbabwe.
A beautiful, ancient scramble of scenes litters the cave wall. You can find detailed paintings of Bushbuck, Zebra, Rabbit and even ostriches.
Inanke Cave contains several abstract murals that are thought to have been painted during ceremonial trances. It is hard to make out what these pre-historic paintings are, some look almost alien. Since there are no more San Bushmen painters in the Matobo Hills, we probably will never be able to truly decode these mysterious ancient codes.
We hope to have inspired you to discover and explore more of this unique history and heritage of the Matobo Hills.
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No – You will not get shot at!
Zimbabwe is in the news again, this time, for all the wrong reasons – not for our splendid sights, fabulous wildlife, incredibly warm & welcoming people or budget friendly accommodation but for difficult dark days of unrest in the cities.
To say that everything in Zimbabwe is fine would be untrue & disingenuous.
NO doubt – things are very tough – Zimbabwean people are suffering.
However as a tourist in Zimbabwe you are STILL very SAFE from violence.
If you love Zimbabwe as we do (and I know many of you are just as passionate as us) then you will know that we are a resilient people.
We have taken the set-backs in our stride, shed our tears and are back on our feet.
If you love Zimbabwe as we do (and I know many of you are just as passionate as us) then you will know that we are a resilient people.
We have taken the set-backs in our stride, shed our tears and are back on our feet.
The unnecessary suffering can get so hard for us Zimbabweans – we always seem to be going from crisis to crisis – lurching between metaphorical fires – desperately trying to put them out.
We Relish The Challenge.
At Matobo Hills Lodge we want to be that bright shining light in the darkness.
A company that pursues greatness no matter how high the hurdles we may have to stride.
We will stay strong and resolute.
We will continue to aspire to the highest international standards of hospitality – regardless of how big the challenge maybe.
Our yearning to be part of a better Zimbabwe for both its tourist’s & its people could not be stronger.
We seek to be the torch bearer of a new generation of African Safari Experiences – Disrupting the traditional over priced Zimbabwean safari model.
At Matobo Hills Lodge –
We are serving the same high standard of cuisine, our bar is fully stocked, our vehicles are fueled up and ready to take you off to track rhinos, visit painted caves, share a laugh with local villagers and clamber over rocks in our ravishing wilderness.
Our pool is blue and sparkling and our welcome is warmer than ever.
See You Soon…!
Results Of The Matobo Hills Quiz
We ran a quiz testing your knowledge of the Matobo National Park. The Matobo Hills quiz was a huge success. Nearly 450 of you responded within the 48-hour time-frame for the competition.
Interestingly enough, no one managed to get 100% of the questions correct. Still, congratulations to the winner, Shylet Moyo.
If you haven’t taken the fun & interactive quiz yet, you can take it here – Matobo Hills Quiz
Q1: When did Matobo National Park become a UNESCO World Heritage Site?
More than half of you got the first question right!
Matobo National Park was designated World Heritage Site status in 2003.
This is due to the its cultural, aesthetic, and historical significance.
Q2: What is the wettest month of the year in the Matobo Hills?
Nearly 70% of the respondents answered correctly. January is the wettest month of the year.
Zimbabwe generally has fantastic weather. The days can get very hot (30-35 C), especially October through to December.
The nights get cold during winter, with July being the coldest.
Zimbabwe’s rainy season starts from November and runs through until April. Between December and February, the average rainfall is usually over 100mm.
Q3: Which of these caves is Silozwane Cave in the Matobo Hills?
Again, most of the respondents got the answer right.
Silozwane Cave contains some of Africa’s most magnificent rock paintings.
These paintings depict the way of life of the painters – the San. They are between 1500 and approximately 10000 years old.
The paintings range from delicate wildlife sketches to gritty re-enactments of hunting.
Those of you who chose the ice cave – c’mon, pick up your Matobo fact game!
Q4: True or False. The White Rhino has pointed lips which allow it to easily grasp shrubs.
An exact 60/40 split but…two thirds of the respondents got it wrong.
The White Rhino is the wide lipped rhino. Its square lips allow it to easily graze grass.
It’s the Black Rhino which has pointed lips. They enable it to easily grasp shrubs and small twigs (browse).
Read about the differences between these two species here.
Q5: How far is the Matobo Hills from the city of Bulawayo?
Of the lot who completed the Matobo Hills Quiz, 384 were correct.
Matobo Hills is located some 34kms to the South of Bulawayo. This is the distance to the entrance gate.
You will travel another 17km to reach Matobo Hills Lodge.
Q6: Who was buried on top of the Malindidzimu Mountain at Matobo National Park?
Almost everyone (93.1%) got the answer to the question right.
Cecil J. Rhodes requested to be buried on the sacred hill. He used to visit this Hill which he called, “World’s View”.
Cecil wanted his grave covered with a plain brass plate. The grave draws many from far and wide to the natural landscape.
Q7: Matobo National Park was named in which of the following Lists?
Nearly two thirds of you (65.6%) knew the answer to the question.
Matobo National Park was named in the 2018 World Monuments Watch List. It shares this international airplay with 24 others sites around the world.
The List highlights the threats faced by the heritage sites. It also calls on society to act accordingly and help preserve them.
Q8: Matobo National Park has the world’s highest concentration of which bird?
A little over 50% of the respondents got this one right.
Matobo National Park has the world’s highest concentration of the Black Eagle. The Black Eagle is a bird of prey and it can grow to 70 – 80 cm in length.
This nest-predator feeds on mammals, birds and eggs. It’s curved claws and wide gape allow it pick up eggs from nests.
The Black Eagle can be easily spotted by its large size, dark colour and unusually slow flight.
Q9: When was Matobo National Park established?
Over two thirds of the respondents knew the answer to the question.
Matobo National Park was established in 1926. This makes it the oldest National Parks in Zimbabwe.
The Park is home to diverse fauna and flora. Some of its Hills are believed to be sacred.
Age-old rituals continue to take place there. Many, from Zimbabwe and beyond, converge to the Matobo shrines to pray for rain.
Q10: True of False. A White Rhino is a grazer.
Interestingly enough, 85% of the respondents knew that the White Rhino is a grazer.
As mentioned above, its wide lips help it when feeding on the grass.
Those who knew this should have been able to also know that Q6 was false. Q6 implied that the Rhino is a browser with pointed lips.
Q11: Which one of these caves is not found at Matobo National Park?
This question was fairly easy and 355 respondents got it right.
Lascaux is not found at Matobo National Park.
It is located in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. Lascaux is estimated to be over 17,000 years old.
Lascaux is home to paintings consisting primarily of large animals.
The cave is believed to have been discovered by 4 teenagers on 1940. It was opened to the public in 1948.
However, by 1955, carbon dioxide and heat had damaged the rock art. Thus, the cave was closed to the public in 1963.
Q12: Elephants do not live in the Matobo Hills. Which of the following animals are not found in the Matobo National Park?
Nearly 60% of the respondents of the Matobo Hills Quiz got the answer right.
Lions are not found in the Matobo region but ancient cave paintings suggest they once roamed the area.
Zimbabwe has a relatively large population of lions. Hwange National Park is the biggest game reserve in the country and is said to be home to about 5oo lions.
There have been instances where lions broam freely in the communities.
According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, there were 59 lion attacks in 2017. None of these attacks were in the Matobo Hills.
Q13: Matobo National Park is a World Heritage Site. Which of the following Zimbabwean sites is not a World Heritage Site?
Of the 447 respondents, 179 got the answer right. The Chinoyi Caves ARE NOT a World Heritage Site.
There are 5 sites in Zimbabwe which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Mana Pools National Park (1984)
- Great Zimbabwe (1986)
- Khami Ruins (1986)
- Victoria Falls (1989) and
- Matobo National Park (2003)
Q14: True of False. Matobo National Park is 1 of 8 Heritage Sites chosen to receive a grant by the World Monuments Watch.
Most of the respondents of the Matobo Hills Quiz got the last question right. As mentioned earlier, the Park is on the 2108 World Monuments Watch List.
It’s also a recipient of the US$1 million donated by the Watch. The funds are meant to aid efforts to preserve the selected sites.
The other sites are
- Potager Du Roi, a historic kitchen garden in Versailles, France. It was created more than 300 years ago.
- Grand Theater, Prince Kung’s Mansion in Beijing, China. It’s the only imperial mansion theater only to the public.
- Amatrice, a small town in Italy. Parts of it were destroyed by an earthquake in 2016.
- Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium in Japan. The building was used for sporting events until its roof began to leak.
- Tebaida Leonesa in Leon, Spain. The area faces negative impact of increasing tourism.
- Blackpool Piers in England. The piers are threatened by rising sea levels.
- Monte Albán Archaeological Site in Mexico. The site contains hieroglyphics known to have existed since the sixth century.
Before jumping into what to consider when booking an African safari, did you know that safari is a Swahili term meaning, “a journey”?
In the past, this journey usually involved a lot of trophy hunting.
With certain wildlife facing the threat of extinction, thankfully, those days are just that. In the past.
If you’re planning on travelling, an African safari ought to be on your bucket list. To ensure your trip is a memorable one, it pays to consider the following when booking for an African safari.
1. Make sure to book your African safari in advance
While you’re making plans for your trip, there are so many others doing the same thing.
Safaris in Africa have become so popular over the years. It’s no surprise that many camps get booked out months or even, years in advance.
If you postpone booking for your safari, you only limit yourself and may end up adjusting your plans to fit in with what is available.
In fact –
This may end up costing your more money if the only camps available when you are ready to book are expensive than others.
2. Knowledge and experience of the guides
When booking an African safari, find out about the experience and knowledge of the tour guides at the camps you consider visiting.
A tour guide with good communication or interpersonal skills plus a wealth of knowledge can make yours a memorable trip.
Thus, it is worth it to opt for a safari camp or lodge with guides who are good at their job.
A way to know which of those camps has good (licensed) guides is to pay attention to the reviews of those camps by other guests, be it on their websites, social media accounts or on sites such as TripAdvisor.
While guide accreditation differs from one country to another, in Zimbabwe aspiring guides undergo years of extensive training before getting their license to practice.
Zimbabwe’s process of obtaining a guide license is regarded as one of the most extensive and highly reputed in Africa.
3. Duration of your trip
Another thing to remember when booking an African safari is that each night you spend at a camp will cost you.
Depending on your budget, you will have to work out the number of nights you want to spend at the camp.
One night is certainly not enough because such a short time will not allow you to fully experience the safari camp and all the activities it has to offer.
Spending more than one night may help you know more about the area, its creatures, and plants. All things said, your budget will determine how long you get to stay at one safari camp.
4. Fly-in or drive-in safari
How will you get to the safari camp?
As you search for the ideal safari camp to visit, make sure to find out how one accesses the location.
Some camps are in remote areas and this means they often aren’t accessible using road transport.
Thus, guests will have no other option but to use small planes to get to the camps.
Unsurprisingly, this mode of transport adds to the total cost of the trip. So, work within your means and select which safari camps suit your budget.
5. Know and work within your budget
Knowing what your budget is helps you – or your tour operator – to know what choices of a safari camp and activities to focus on.
The options are overwhelmingly many, and a budget eliminates some of those thus making the booking process much easier.
Of course, working within your budget may mean doing away with some of your needs.
But, it is way better to choose an option is cheap enough but does not meet all your needs instead of choosing an expensive option which is way beyond your financial means.
Going on safari is not cheap at all.
The best camps with the best activities and viewing are the most expensive.
Prices will vary not only according to the location of the camp but the season.
When booking for an African safari, work within your budget.
If you want tips on how to lower your costs without lowering the quality of your experience, read our blog here.
While the best camps might have the best activities, keep in mind that –
6. An expensive lodge doesn’t always guarantee an experience of a lifetime
Safari lodges are like hotels since they both offer a range of services with different prices.
While at a hotel you can expect to pay more for better services or a more luxurious experience, safaris tend to be more complex.
Spending more money at a safari camp may get you better lodging and food.
At cheap safaris, you may have to go without certain comforts like hot water.
However, the quality of your lodging is not a reliable indicator of the quality of the activities one can partake in.
Lastly, when booking an African safari, consider –
7. The best time to go on safari
It stands to be argued that as the seasons change so does the safari experience.
Still, when booking an African safari, make sure to find out the best time to visit the safari you plan on go to.
Prices charged during the high and the low season tend to differ, so good deals are to be had in the low season, but it is important to know the difference, as your experience may be different.
Generally, in the Southern parts of Africa, the high season is from July to October.
During that time, water sources are limited, and animals will merge at the available sources in large numbers.
When the rainy season starts, the animals disperse. The dense vegetation may make it hard to spot the animals.
On the plus side, there are lots of birds and young animals being born to see during the rainy season.
Depending on where you want to go in Africa, acquaint yourself with the seasons of that area so you can make an informed decision.
Like we said above, a safari in Africa ought to be on your bucket list. If you’re interested in exploring the beautiful areas in Zimbabwe, please click here for more information.
PRESS RELEASE: Matobo Hills Lodge wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
We have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
For the 4th time in a row!
Matobo Hills Lodge couldn’t be more delighted.
Our Lodge continues to establish itself as a first-rate Zimbabwean tourist destination.
We strive to ensure that Guest Happiness is central to our business operation.
We owe our gratitude to our valued guests for the positive reviews on TripAdvisor.
It is these reviews which helped us scoop the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
We are saying thank you to all the guests who have been happy with our services.
It is our hope that these positive reviews will attract more guests to our Lodge.
We encourage everyone to leave honest reviews of our services.
Yes – we said it. HONEST reviews.
Such reviews will help other travelers get a clear picture of what they can expect.
What Management Has to Say About The News
Joshua Elliott, the Managing Director of Matobo Hills Lodge says,
“Management and our dedicated staff are very happy to be receiving this award.
It is our intention to continue offering our guests value for their money.
We want to ensure that their stay at our Lodge is beyond their expectations.
We intend to keep pushing the boundaries of guest service and value.
Matobo Hills Lodge hopes to win this award again next year.
We will do our very best to ensure that happens.
Should that happen, we will be inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame.
This would be a great incentive for us.”
What You Need to Know About the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Firstly – did you know that TripAdvisor the world’s largest hospitality review site?
Its Certificate of Excellence initiative has been running for seven years now.
Who is eligible to receive to the award?
The award is designed to acknowledge businesses which always receive great reviews.
These business are in the hospitality industry.
They include hotels, restaurants, safari lodges and so on.
What is the criteria for selection?
- The Certificate of Excellence considers the recency, number and quality of reviews. These reviews must have been submitted over a year.
- To qualify for the award, organisations need to have the minimum number of reviews.
- Organisations need to be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. These 12 months begin on 1 April and end on 31 March.
- The businesses also need to have a rating of at least four out of five.
When are winners announced, you might ask?
Winners of the award are announced annually.
And, this is usually done towards the end of May.
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Matobo Hills is Listed in the 2018 World Monuments Watch
Wondering why it is listed in the World Monuments Watch (WMF)?
This natural landscape is threatened by several factors including deforestation.
That is the reason why.
The World Monuments Fund announced the List on 15 October 2017.
The WMF is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1965.
The founders were concerned about the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures.
These treasures are found throughout the world.
What is the purpose of the World Monuments Fund List?
This list contains 25 sites in more than various countries and territories.
These sites are facing various dangers such as .
- Human conflict.
- Natural disasters.
- Climate change.
All these pose a threat to the conservation of the heritage sites.
The World Monuments Watch List is announced twice a year.
It intends to protect our collective history and preserve our memory of it.
It also aims to strengthen social bonds of the different generations.
How does it do this?
The List gives these treasured sites and their challenges international airplay.
It identifies opportunities for local communities to collaborate with other stakeholders.
These include preservation agencies, governments and corporate sponsors.
All of them are interested in conserving our cultural and natural sites.
So far, the program has issued a call to action for around 814 sites.
What WMF CEO Has to Say About the List
Joshua David, President and CEO of WMF says,
“By building an international coalition,
the World Monuments Watch protects both the sites and the shared history they embody.
We may be best known for the excellence of our conservation practices,
but the human impacts of our work ultimately mean the most.
Sites like the 25 on the 2018 Watch are where we come together as citizens of the world.
We are prompted to renew our commitments to justice, culture, peace, and understanding.”
What threats are Matobo Hills facing?
Matobo Hills, known for its granite rock formations, is on the 2018 WMF watch list.
The park is under stress from various activities.
These include deforestation, grazing, graffiti and damaging fires caused by human activities.
Population growth along with scarce natural resources is leading to its degradation.
Deforestation also threatens the rock paintings.
Their protective barriers, trees, are slowly disappearing.
The delicate paintings are left exposed to damaging weather conditions.
They are also more vulnerable to fire damage.
How Matobo Hills Lodge is helping to preserve Matobo Hills
Matobo Hills Lodge understands the importance of preserving our heritage sites.
Their preservation is tied to the successful continuity of our business.
Conservation, environmental consciousness, and responsible tourism are central to our operations.
Every month, we have a pick-litter day at our Lodge.
Our Manager, Grey Nyama, oversees this.
We hope that our efforts will help conserve Matobo Hills.