Matetsi Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Matetsi Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

The vast private Matetsi wilderness reserve is in the heart of the world’s largest transfrontier conservation areas. With no fences, wildlife is able to roam freely, and the area is abundant with impressive herds of elephant and buffalo, large prides of lion, and the elusive leopard. And whatever time of year you visit, there’s always something to see. This exclusive lodge sits on a private stretch of the Zambezi and promises an unforgettable safari experience.

Its sleek design mixes contemporary architecture with local furnishings, with the crowning glory undoubtedly, the views across the river. Enthusiastic and highly knowledgeable guides take you deep into the reserve, canoe you down the river, and butlers look after your every need. And Victoria Falls is close by for added adventure.

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At A Glance

Luxury Lodge

Why We Love It:

For its remote upstream location on the Zambezi River and for the chance to spot game from the river itself.


Contemporary safari luxe.


In the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, a 136,000 acre wilderness, along a private stretch of the Zambezi River.


Refined and spacious river facing suites with large viewing terraces, indoor and outdoor showers and lap pools.


A large pool and private pools with each suite.


There’s everything here for the perfect family safari.


Whilst there are electric buggies to help guests with limited mobility, there are a number of steps to be negotiated.

Open From:

All Year Round


The vast suites are more like private apartments, with airy living spaces and wide terraces with outdoor showers, a pool and mesmerizing views over the Zambezi from cushioned daybeds, all right on the banks of the river. The Luxury Suites are romantic havens, and the two bedroom Luxury Family Suites can sleep up to four, with the option of an extra bed. For larger family groups, the Matetsi River House is a private villa with four bedrooms and plenty of living space, inside and out. Plus it comes with a chef, butler and a private safari vehicle with a personal guide for tailormade safaris.


It’s almost impossible to think you could be on safari – the food is so good. Matetsi has some of the country’s finest chefs, who create exceptional dishes with local and seasonal produce. Dine in the restaurant, out in the bush, in the privacy of your suite, or picnic on the banks of the river. And enjoy a bottle or two from the very well-stocked cellar.






The game viewing at Matetsi is spectacular, with an impressive range of mammals and birds. As part of your stay, morning, evening and night drives are led by expert guides and trackers, and if you’re staying for more than a few days, whole day game drives can be organized. Between July and November, during the dry season, you’ll see large herds of elephant and buffalo, then when the rain arrives in November, the calving season begins and large numbers of migratory birds visit.

The bird watching is incredible, as are the walking safaris. Another highlight is the river cruise, with the chance to try your hand at fishing. The sunset cruises are our favourite, as the nocturnal animals begin to venture out. A visit to Victoria Falls is a must. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most incredible natural phenomenon to witness, and the sound is extraordinary. You’ll be taken on a guided walking tour and have the chance to experience the white water in a raft.


A safari is one of the most memorable of family experiences, and Matetsi goes out of its way to ensure that each and every member enjoys their time there. Children over the age of six can join game drives, but need to be over 16 to take part in canoe trips and walking safaris.






The Matetsi Private Game Reserve was established to protect and conserve the stunning wilderness, and the flora and fauna within it. The reserve has been carefully rewilded, seeing wildlife slowly, but surely, reinhabit, and with the help of 16 solar powered boreholes, and a robust anti-poaching unit, it is once more the home of over 400 species of mammals and birds.

Every day practices are in place to ensure a minimal carbon footprint, with produce sourced locally, recycling programmes and a team that is 100% Zinbabwean, 60% of whom are from local communities. The reserve also partners with the Greenline Africa Trust that works with marginalized societies, especially orphaned children, and guests are encouraged to Pack for a Purpose.


Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

In the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, a 136,000 acre wilderness, along a private stretch of the Zambezi River – an hour away from Victoria Falls International Airport. A scenic heli-transfer can be arranged over the falls and up the river – it’s a great way to arrive.

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