Mzilikazi Footprint

This tour is specifically designed and guided by our resident specialist guide, Paul Hubbard.
Day One1

Day One

Arrive at Bulawayo about midday and transfer to Camp Amalinda with Driving you Wild. Luncheon by the pool with general orientation. An afternoon walk to Bambata; once used by the Matabele as a shrine. Here we enjoy sundowners atop this wonderful rock on the northern flanks of the Matobo Hills before returning to camp for dinner and a warm welcome and presentation given by Paul.
Day Two2

Day Two

A leisurely morning visit will take in the historical site of the royal town of koBulawayo and the old Jesuit Mission nearby. Here King Lobengula began his rise to power and his ultimately doomed dealings with the encroaching white settlers. We then proceed back to Bulawayo for a sumptuous lunch at the magnificent Bulawayo Club . The Natural History Museum is next on the agenda. Steeped in unique artefacts once owned and used by Cecil Rhodes, Mzilikazi and his son, Lobengula this institution offers a unique perspective on these important characters of our early heritage. Dinner will be at Mr Ndebele’s village in Matobo Hills; this offers a rare insight into traditional village life and is in stark contrast to your luncheon.

Day Three3

Day Three

Today, we start at Mzilikazi’s Memorial which stands on the site of Mhlahladhlela, the King’s last capital town. After, permission is sought from the royal Khumalo family and their guiding ancestors we may be allowed to approach and view Mzilikazi’s Tomb. Here we can marvel over the landscape that this great man once walked. This has to be the most humbling experiences of the entire trip. Lunch is served by the Amalinda chefs in true Colonial style – under the shade of an acacia tree with a table set with a white linen cloth. We then proceed to Cecil John Rhodes Grave atop “View of the World”. The sight is guaranteed to bring you goose flesh. Here also lie the remains of Leander Starr Jameson, Charles Coghlan and the remains of Allan Wilson and his men entombed in the Shangani Memorial. Gather yourself with these spirits and that of the Ndebele and Kalanga warriors upon the dwala known as Malindidzimu – “dwelling place of spirits”. The drive back to camp in the dark will be illuminated by the brilliance of the Africa night sky. Tonight there will be much reflection and chatter of bygone Ndebele myths and fables.