- Close to the Victoria Falls and set on the banks of the Zambezi river, the exclusive Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge gives a refined touch to the modern safari experience, and is home to a fantastic array of wildlife. Matetsi is unique in its offer of both an ultimate safari experience and idyllic retreat from which to visit the largest waterfall on earth.
- The elegant lodge is set on a private concession and the 2 intimate camps have 9 river-facing suites each with breathtaking views of the Zambezi. Sit on your private deck (with plunge pool) and admire the views and magnificent birdlife on the river’s banks.
- The Lodge provides the utmost in safari luxury whilst blending seamlessly with its surrounding natural habitat. With 17 miles of private riverfront access the suites all offer superb views across the Zambezi.
- With our experienced guides, tour the incredible Victoria Falls and explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s 55 000 hectares of pristine wilderness on foot, by luxury safari vehicle, and by boat.
- The lodge and bar areas look out over a popular elephant route, so sit back with a cocktail and watch as they take their evening walk.
- Splash in the sparkling rim-flow pool that boasts views of the riverbank, and observe wildlife quenching their thirst.
- Take a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi. Taste the wide selection of fine wines in the extensive wine cellar. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage in the massage sala, listening to the sounds of the wild.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
An interpretive bush walk, led by a professional ranger, is an absolute must for those looking to get even closer to the incredible wilderness of the reserve. This adventure-filled activity allows guests to learn more about the intricacies of the African bush, with the thrilling opportunity to get up-close-and-personal to its inhabitants, from small to large. A walking safari is truly a feast for the senses!
Here, every day is tailored to you, whether you’re seeking adventure or a restorative retreat.At Matetsi Victoria Falls, our superb five-star services are rivalled only by the spectacular natural wonders that surround us. And our highly trained, knowledgeable guides are on hand to accompany you as you explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s 55,000 hectares of protected and unspoilt wilderness. Whatever your preference, be it on foot, game vehicle, boat or helicopter, you will be amazed and rewarded by the abundance and diversity of this wilderness frontier. Ask about our night game drives, canoeing trips, sunset cruises and fishing expeditions on the mighty Zambezi.
Guests will have the opportunity to discover the many facets of the magnificent Victoria Falls, the biggest falling curtain of water in the world on this exceptional excursion. They can explore the surrounding rain forest in the company of a guide who is intimately acquainted with the history of the Falls, as well as its flora, fauna, bird and wildlife.
At Matetsi Victoria Falls, you will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive riverboat cruise and canoeing excursion along our private 15km stretch of the Zambezi River. Take in the marvels of this spectacular wilderness sanctuary complete with resident hippos, crocodiles and nearly 700 species of fish, not to mention more than xx species of water birds. This is your chance to make the most of some excellent photographic opportunities too, from the vantage point of the water where you will see large herds of elephant, buck, wildebeest (gnu) and buffalo come down to drink.
Matetsi Private Game Reserve offers the most exclusive game viewing experience in the Victoria Falls area. Here, surrounded by flourishing wilderness, phenomenal highlights include sightings such as massive herds of elephant and buffalo as well as the rare and majestic sable antelope. The reserve is also home to lion, spotted hyena, African wild dog and leopard. Twice-daily game drives in the privacy of the concession are conducted in custom-fitted, luxury open-air safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon, accompanied by a knowledgeable ranger and a tracker.
For the thrill seekers out there, can you find a more spectacular setting to experience a bungee jump than from the Victoria Falls Bridge? For those who dare, this is a 111 metre jump of pure adrenaline.
Take a swim in the infamous Devil’s Pool, an infinity pool unlike any other. It is a small, natural plunge pool enclosed by rocks and right on the very edge of the Victoria Falls.
Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world from the air. A flight over the falls gives a dramatic perspective of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Experience the majestic Victoria Falls in a truly unique way from the open cockpit of a piloted microlight where you can hear the roar of water right below your feet and see the falls from a whole new perspective.
High tea at the old Colonial Victoria Falls Hotel should not be missed. Sitting on the terrace with the sound of the falls in the background is a truly fantastic experience.
Take in the falls in all their glory with a walk through the Victoria Falls National Park. It is recommended to view the falls from the Zimbabwean side as you can enjoy extensive views of the falls as you wind your way along the pathways.
After a trip round the Victoria Falls National Park, stop off at the traditional craft village. Here you will see the locals performing traditional skills such as basket weaving, jewellery making and ornament carving.
Close to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and located right on the banks of the Zambezi river, the exclusive, award winning Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge gives a refined touch to the modern safari experience, and is home to a fantastic array of wildlife. Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge provides the utmost in safari luxury whilst blending seamlessly with its surrounding natural habitat. With 17 miles of private riverfront access the suites all offer uninterrupted views across the Zambezi, ensuring guests truly feel a sense of privacy while staying at Matetsi. Add to this the 50,000 hectare private wildlife concession and appreciate how remote and exclusive Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge is.
Matetsi Victoria Falls Lodge is made up of two camps, both with nine suites, as well as Matetsi River House, a private 4-bedroom villa which is perfect for larger families. The sleek modern design of the assorted buildings is enhanced by the theme of wood and copper running throughout, paying homage to Zimbabwe’s mining history. The suites are encompassed by repurposed local materials as a nod to the region’s traditional fishing and basket-weaving customs, which gives a natural feel, complementing the modern features of the architecture. In addition to private dining with a private chef and butler provided, Matetsi River Lodge and River House guests open space camp bars, bomas and social dining facilities, as well as the intriguing cellar with an extensive wine list. Facilities include spa treatments overlooking the river and a sublime riverfront 20 meter lap pool.
Highly acclaimed for the distinctly African, exquisite interiors, Matetsi showcases polished earth finishes, lustrous hand-beaten local copper detailing, and cool contemporary flows between interior and exterior living spaces. Guests enjoy a diverse range of sociable or retreat spaces and indulge in the wilderness in privacy and comfort.
Matetsi River House: Our spacious, exclusive-use villa offers four air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms and an array of facilities. Guests are looked after by a dedicated team, including a private chef, butler, guide and tracker. For larger families or groups, the Matetsi River House provides an added element of privacy.
Indoor and outdoor lounges • Covered and al fresco dining areas • Fireplace • Wide verandas • Private swimming pool • Private safari vehicle
Matetsi River Lodge: River Lodge comprises of two intimate river-facing camps. Each camp includes eight suites and one family suite. River Lodge guests are looked after by a personal butler, and have the option of booking a private safari vehicle.
Spacious and air-conditioned • Sumptuous king-size bed • Large circular bathtub • Indoor and outdoor rain showers • Private plunge pool and deck • Views of the Zambezi River.
River Lodge Suites
All suites are river-facing, providing stunning views over the Zambezi. Suites have their own private verandas for guests to relax in the outdoor seating area, or make full use of the private plunge pool. Each air-conditioned suite is fitted with a sumptuous king-size bed, circular bathtub, indoor and outdoor rain showers, a private plunge pool and decks that flank inspiring views of the Zambezi. The spacious River Lodge suites feature luxurious local and repurposed materials and design references to time-tested riverside living and fishing and weaving traditions of the region. Wide-spaced guest areas on the Eastern and Western sides of the lodge feature indoor and outdoor living and dining spaces, an interactive kitchen, bar, and boma. This offers an al fresco dining area around a blazing fire bowl under starlit skies.
A Matetsi River Lodge Suite stay includes luxury accommodation, three meals daily, house selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages, refreshments on game drives, safari activities including game drives and optional safari walks; birdwatching; a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and additional boat cruises subject to availability, amateur fishing, canoeing, and complimentary laundry. As well as, scheduled luxury return transfer to/from Matetsi from/to within the Victoria Falls area, i.e. VF town, VF Airport, VF borders with Botswana/Zambia.
River Lodge Family Suites
Both family suites are made up of two bedrooms, giving both parents and children ample space. Each suite has two bathrooms, one with both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a deep bathtub looking over the river. Suites have their own private verandas for guests to relax in the outdoor seating area, or make full use of the private plunge pool.
A Matetsi River Lodge Family Suite stay includes luxury accommodation, three meals daily, house selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages, refreshments on game drives, safari activities including game drives and optional safari walks, birdwatching, a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and additional boat cruises subject to availability, amateur fishing, canoeing, and complimentary laundry. Scheduled luxury return transfer to/from Matetsi from/to within the Victoria Falls area, i.e. VF town, VF Airport, VF borders with Botswana/Zambia.
Matetsi River House
Matetsi River House is the perfect retreat for large families or groups, with 4 bedrooms for private use. The River House has its own kitchen, both indoor and outdoor dining areas and private veranda. Guests at the River House even have access to their own private pool. Matetesi River House provides a handful of staff to accommodate guests during their stay, including a private guide, vehicle, chef and butler.
A Matetsi River House stay includes accommodation in a luxury private villa, a dedicated team of staff, three meals daily, house selection of non-alcoholic & alcoholic beverages, refreshments on game drives, laundry, private 4×4 safari vehicle with private guide and tracker, safari activities including game drives and optional safari walks, birdwatching, a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River and additional boat cruises subject to availability, amateur fishing, canoeing, and complimentary laundry. Private luxury return transfer to/from Matetsi from/to within the Victoria Falls area, i.e. VF town, VF Airport, VF borders with Botswana/Zambia.
In addition to private dining with a private chef and butler provided, Matetsi River Lodge and River House guests enjoy open-space East and West camp bars, bomas and social dining facilities, as well as the intriguing cellar with an extensive wine list. Zimbabwean Executive Chef, Shane Ellis, provides a fresh and evolving menu of international and local fine foods including Zambezi bream (fresh-water fish), vegetarian and vegan options and local highlights including venison, sadza (white cornmeal) and peanut butter rice which is much loved in the area.
Both sides of the lodge have their own guest areas with dining rooms, bar and al fresco dining table.
The Wine Cellar
Tucked into the riverbank below the library, almost eye-level with the water, the wine cellar at Matetsi Victoria Falls is a firm favourite with our guests. The vaulted brick ceiling, wooden wine racks and deep leather armchairs combine to create an atmosphere of warmth and comfort in which to enjoy some of Southern Africa’s most interesting and iconic wines.
Whether you choose to socialise or unwind quietly in the cool and calm of the owner’s private wine cellar, this intriguing and cocooning space is a must visit. For it not only houses the owner’s collection of wines, but also his extensive collection of vintage toy armies, trains and cars that he has collected since he was a child. Sample our vast array of wines as you take in the distinctive African artefacts and vintage toy collections that make our wine cellar so unique. Choose from a mouth-watering menu of tapas that have been carefully crafted to complement the varietal tastes and nuances of your wine choices – with the tranquil views of the Zambezi River, never more than a few metres away.
Each of the two camps at Matetsi River Lodge have their own guest areas which provide a host of dining areas, a bar, and a fire pit to sit around on cool evenings. The lodge also has a fitness centre and 20m pool for guest use, as well as a fantastic wine cellar with a unique eye-level perspective of the river.
Experience a moment of sheer bliss with one of our signature Africology spa treatments overlooking the river. Africa’s deep heritage of traditional healing is honoured with a selection of massages that use holistic therapies and all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients and essential oils for relaxation, recharging or detoxing. Enjoy Africa’s deep heritage of traditional healing with a selection of massages that use holistic therapies and all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients and essential oils. Opt for a manicure or pedicure. Sit back and relax while your hands and feet are pampered. Our selected luxury products and treatments are inspired by the wisdom of Africa’s traditional healers and celebrate our vibrant heritage, communities and plant life. Beginning with a traditional African foot cleansing ritual that clears thoughts and brings calm, your treatment experience is completed with tranquil traditional Rain Stick Therapy sounds.
Stunning 20 meter lap pool flanking the river. Rest your head on our terrace sun-loungers as the Zambezi’s waters float you through the afternoon