Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi Victoria Falls

Discover the restorative sense of space and freedom that awaits near the world’s largest waterfall.

Offering the ultimate combination of safari, river, relaxation and the Falls all-in-one, marvel at the superb location, beautifully designed lodge and understated luxury that awaits at Matetsi Victoria Falls. Undoubtedly the most ideal base from which to encounter the world’s largest waterfall, the feel of Matetsi is indelible magic thanks to the world-class environment and extraordinary team of talented chefs, butlers and guides.

 

From waking up on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river and heading out for a full day of game drives to enjoying a traditional Zimbabwean BBQ beneath the stars at night, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers incredibly unique experiences for the adventure-ready traveller. Whether it’s being accompanied by knowledgeable, conservation-minded bush guides or taking a bespoke helicopter excursion to the majestic Victoria Falls, depart with treasured memories of this part of southern Africa.

Highlights & Activities

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Visit the majestic Victoria Falls
Take a trip to the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. A UNESCO World Heritage site and the “largest waterfall on Earth”, explore the surrounding rainforest in the company of your personal guide who is intimately acquainted with the history of the Falls and its geological significance.
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Spot wildlife on an intimate game drive
Set on the vast 136,000-acre Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers a truly exclusive safari experience. At the heart of the KAZA transfrontier, the world's largest transfrontier conservation area, this expansive wilderness has no fences so wildlife roam freely, as they would have hundreds of years ago. Here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy morning and evening drives, as well as night drives and optional walking safaris.
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Cruise or canoe down the Zambezi river
Lying along 9 miles of private Zambezi river, join your personal guide and tracker who will share the wonders of the Zambezi river with you. Departing at sunrise or sunset, choose to relax as you float downstream either on a boat or canoe whilst trying your hand at some amateur fishing.
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Helicopter over the Matetsi Private Game Reserve
Offering private helicopter tours of Victoria Falls and the Matetsi’s over 136,000 acre private game reserve, enjoy unbeatable views of Zimbabwe’s mystical landscape and expansive wilderness. Spotting herds of elephant and buffalo along with large prides of lions, the views from the Matesti’s sky are the best way to experience this surreal slice of southern Africa.
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Experience Incredible Gastronomy
With their kitchen led by two of the finest chefs on the continent, enjoy a culinary experience like no other with menus focused on regionally sourced, exceptional produce. From the honey-glazed ham eggs benedict to the Roast kudu fillet with fondant potatoes, menus are designed to showcase Zimbabwean talent and are curated by the chefs daily.

Regenerative Impact

Matetsi Victoria Falls is on a mission to conserve vast areas of pristine wilderness, protect wildlife and create employment opportunities for Zimbabweans.

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Matetsi Victoria Falls is dedicated to creating employment and has a 100% Zimbabwean team onsite with 60% of the team employed from the Matabeleland North Province. Aspiring to source their staff as locally as possible, the lodge engages with growers and craftsmen based in the nearest town of Victoria Falls before recruiting from further afield. Matetsi also showcases Zimbabwean talent through two exceptional Zimbabwean chefs who lead their kitchens and endeavour to highlight local cuisine.
Whilst everything they do at Matetsi is done to showcase their breath-taking landscapes, incredible wildlife and the mighty Zambezi river, the lodge also remains on a mission to conserve vast areas of wilderness. So far, Matetsi has safeguarded 9 rivers and protected 136,000 acres of wilderness, home to more than 400 species of wildlife, from the prior decimation caused by poaching and illegal hunting. The journey continues with on-going conservation work, which is carried out by a dedicated conservation team and supported by guides and trackers.
Built on the footprints of a pre-existing lodge, construction materials were reused and repurposed or sourced as locally as possible. The areas around the buildings have also been left intentionally unfenced and “wild” so that elephants and other species can roam freely throughout the land. The architectural design theme of the resort is “Life of the River” and was conceptualized by a female Zimbabwean architect to pay a subtle tribute to the way of life of the people who historically lived along the banks of the Zambezi river. Throughout the lodge, a Zimbabwean artist has also created artworks including a series of 18 pieces that, when brought together, comprise a topographical map of Matetsi Private Game Reserve.
Aside from creating employment for local Zimbabweans and continuing their conservation work, Matetsi Victoria Falls remains committed to their rural communities in Northern Matabeleland. Partnering with the small but incredible non-profit, the Greenline Africa Trust, Matetsi supports the work that they do to help marginalized and vulnerable communities to develop, implement and support sustainable projects focusing on livelihoods, health and education.

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Hotel Location

Matetsi Victoria Falls

Just 40 km upriver from the world’s largest body of falling water, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers an idyllic oasis from which to explore, adventure, relax and recharge. Situated within its own 136,000-acre pristine wilderness, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, offers the most private and exclusive experience in the Victoria Falls area. Also set on a private 15 km stretch of the mighty Zambezi river, enjoy the sense of space and freedom that comes from this secluded spot of Zimbabwe whilst relaxing at this award-winning safari lodge and luxury villa.

Hotel Address

Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Closest Airport

Victoria Falls International Airport

Travel Time From Airport

1 hour

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