Marula, although still part of the Matopos is a fair distance from where I live. For years, I have driven past this area and wanted to explore it. When I was offered the chance recently, I jumped at it!
Balancing rocks – and that lovely blue sky, so common in Mat’land. Although still winter, the weather was kind to me!
There are still winter colours showing – the golden grass, red and yellow foliage
Although I live in the Matopos, a break from cattle mooing and tractors starting up (and of course, getting up before sunrise!) is great and a visit to the Matobo Hills Lodge did the trick. This place is almost on our boundary and yet I had never been there!
Of course I still woke up before the sun came up!!!
I asked for a secluded cottage (which I got) and I was very impressed with it – but more so, the service. Their staff must be very well trained, because they picked up that I struggle with crowds and people and they didn’t bug me at all.
I get nothing at all out of fawning waiters – I paid for solitude and quiet and that is what I got.
Being in the Rhodes Matopos National Park, it means that one has access to the park – great for climbing and picnics with the knowledge that one has a very comfortable bed for the night!!
There are great views around the lodge too – however, being a neighbouring farmer, and knowing how poachers and honey thieves operate, I fear their lovely long grass is going to go woosh – the fireguards are just not wide enough!
The umkaya (acacia Galpinii) are about to flower – they are the red trees in the photos above.
This last series is taken very late in the evening up a rock behind the lodge – as usual, I have no idea which ones to choose, so posted them all!
I love the way the whole place has been built to fit in with the surroundings – using thatch and natural rock. This photo is of the entertainment area of the Lodge.
I had a wonderful getaway at Matobo Hills Lodge – big thanks to Clive who assisted me with my rather heavy luggage and all the staff who were unobtrusive but available.
I highly recommend this lodge to anyone visiting the Matopos.