Cecil John Rhodes was one of the great imperialists, discoverers and founders
of the colony which later became the Republic of Zimbabwe. When he died at
the age of 49 he left a fortune behind but most interesting about his will
was his request to be buried in the granite rocks of the Matobo Hills near
Bulawayo, which later became the Matobo National Park of Zimbabwe.
Rhodes Matobo is home to the Granite Lodge. An old farmhouse was renovated and is now used as the main building of the Farmhouse. First named The Farmhouse, it was later renamed after the massive granite ridge just behind the lodge but is now renamed back to The Farmhouse.
The granite was eroded through millions of years to form huge rocks and
some of Africa’s most spectacular views. It looks as if a giant has placed boulders on top of each other.
The Matobo National Park is home to more than just rocks. Sable and rhino are two of the more common mammals of this park
and the vegetation is extraordinarily beautiful.
At Granite Ridge you will be accommodated in one of 19 chalets
which all accommodate 4 people in the main bedroom and kitchen\lounge area. The restaurant and bar at The Farm House provide excellent meals. Their English high tea is a favourite with
The views from the lodge are spectacular. The gardens and swimming
pool contribute to a very relaxed atmosphere. The Farmhouse is without doubt
the best choice for families, only 40 km on a tar road from Bulawayo, in the
Matobo Hills in Zimbabwe.