About Matimba Bush Lodge

After having explored Africa for many years on their travels and safaris, Daniela (acclaimed professional photographer), her husband and qualified guide Alberto, and their son Robby moved to South Africa 13 years ago to run an exclusive lodge in Phalaborwa.
Over the last decade numerous guests have been able to experience the family’s warm hospitality, informative safaris, cultural excursions and photographic workshops. Daniela and Alberto have always dreamed of owning a truly luxury lodge in an idyllic bush setting. The new Matimba Bush Lodge is the culmination of this dream, and their passion for Africa and in delivering an unparalleled lodge experience awaits their valued guests. Together with the resident elephant, hippo and giraffe in their extensive wilderness gardens, they are ready to welcome you!


Quality of education in rural areas remains an unresolved challenge for many, and the year 2017 brought about inspiration to both

Daniela & Alberto to open MATIMBA DAY CARE. This is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, bridging the gap and providing a preschool educational approach based on playing, singing, practical activities such as drawing, and social interaction as part of the transition from home to school for these future country leaders.

Our aim is to Improve the educational outcomes of economically disadvantaged children, giving each child access to quality education, food, clothing and most importantly, a safe haven to grow. We have successfully completed and built two homes with a playground area that the children find simply irresistible.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, ” Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. ”

It is rewarding for us to be able to contribute to society, working on a common goal – to educate and uplift the members of this community and to invest in future generations.



A choice of three spacious rooms exquisitely furnished with en suite bathrooms and enchanting views.


Elegant lounge, sophisticated dining area and an open plan kitchen where your private chef will prepare your meals.


Matimba offers a range of activities including golf, safaris, excursions, cultural tours and photographic workshops.

Matimba Bush Lodge