How to Get To Matobo Hills Lodge from Bulawayo.
Matobo Hills Lodge is an authentic Zimbabwe safari lodge located within the Matopos National Park.
Getting to the Lodge from Bulawayo is fairly easy. You only have to make the choice to either drive or be driven.
As you leave the City of Kings, the temptation to enjoy the open road is strong. The road is fairly smooth compared to most in Zimbabwe nowadays.
However, the smartest thing to do on the single carriage-way leading to the Matopos National Park is to religiously follow the all the road rules and regulations, particularly the speed limit of 80km/hr.
Zimbabwe is cattle country, that means there is a lot of livestock that stray onto the main roads. It is imperative to be alert and cautious whilst driving.
WHERE THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
30 km along Matopos Road, after passing lake Matobo, the route curves to the right and on the drivers’ side you will see a fence, fields and many old buildings. This is the old estate of Cecil J Rhodes, now an agricultural research facility.
As you continue you will see gum trees on your right, immediately turn left opposite these trees towards Rhodes Matopos National Park (it is well signed), down a single track tarred road that leads to the National Park gate.
The national park entrance fees are pegged at US$3 per person for locals, US$10 per person for foreign nationals and US$10 per vehicle.(March 2019 rates)
This is where the all fun begins.
After entering the national park, it will just be about 16km before arrival at Matobo Hills Lodge.
As the road gets narrower the ravishing rock scenery increasingly becomes a pleasant distraction. It’s better to stick to the 60km/hr pace.
At this point, it’s not the livestock that you have to be mindful of, it’s the Zebra, the Wildebeest, the Baboons, the Warthogs, Klipspringer and Banded Mongoose that might run in-front of you!
By the time you have to take a right detour onto the gravel road leading to the lodge, you will have traveled 10km from the gate. You will see from afar, the granite hill on which Cecil Rhodes was buried and a mysterious cross on one of the Mountains.
The 6km of dirt driving towards the lodge feels nothing like a rally drive. The road is smooth and well maintained, just a little bumpy on one or two spots.
When you reach destination Matobo Lodge, our friendly staff will be ready to add to your already amazing experience, giving you a warm welcome and serving you the best food and cocktails in The Most Incredible Location.
The rest that happens after that will probably be the best adventure you will ever have, but hey, that’s your story to tell.