Matetsi River Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

At a Glance

  • Situated in its own private concession for fantastic game viewing opportunities

  • 45 minutes from Victoria Falls for exciting, high-adrenaline activities

  • Take a sunrise or sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi to see the surrounding area at its best

  • All Suites are river-facing for breathtaking views of the Zambezi

  • Stay in Matetsi River House for complete privacy and the ultimate luxury safari experience

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Best time to Visit

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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 Celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.

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Insider's View

Situated in its own private game reserve bordering Victoria Falls National Park, Matetsi offers the unique combination of a safari experience, river activities and of course the mighty Victoria Falls themselves

Matetsi is home to one of the finest cellars in Zimbabwe where you can pay a visit to choose your perfect wine to complement the outstanding food

Cool off in your private plunge pool and enjoy the view over the Zambezi. You may even be lucky enough to spot some hippos enjoying the river

Forgo the morning game drive and instead take the to the waters in a canoe, exploring the banks of the Zambezi. Stop for a well deserved light breakfast and coffee to take in the view

Enjoy a sundowner cruise up the river for the best sunset views in Zimbabwe.

Be sure to watch out for the surprise ice cream stops in the bush for a refreshing treat to have whilst you are on thrilling game drives.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Matetsi River Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Victoria Falls

Description

Close to the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and located right on the banks of the Zambezi river, the exclusive Matetsi River Lodge gives a refined touch to the modern safari experience, and is home to a fantastic array of wildlife.

Matetsi River 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 River Lodge is.

Matetsi River 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.

The area around Matetsi is abundant with wildlife, and the lodge offers a plethora of activities to take guests closer to the action. Guests can participate in game drives and walking safaris in order to spot a variety of animals such as elephant, hippo, lion and leopard, and there are birdwatching expeditions to find some of the 366 bird species in the area. Due to its proximity to the river, Matetsi also offers sunrise or sunset cruises, and the chance to take part in mokoro (dug out canoe) or boat excursions. Activities further afield can also be organized at the falls, and adrenaline junkies can try bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls bridge, or white water rafting on the Zambezi.

From the vegetable garden growing organic produce, to the natural materials used in construction, Matetsi River Lodge certainly takes its environment and conservation efforts into consideration, resulting in a unique luxury lodge in total harmony with its surroundings.

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Accommodation

Matetsi River Lodge features two camps, each with nine suites, including two family suites. The suites are furnished with natural materials, in keeping with the overall style of the property. For larger families or groups, the Matetsi River House is available for private hire, which sleeps up to 8 guests, and provides an added element of privacy.

Suite

All suites are river-facing, providing stunning views over the Zambezi. Each suite has an en suite bathroom 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.

Family Suite

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.

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.

Childcare

Matetsi River Lodge is catered to children and offers &Beyond's signature WILDChild Programme. This provides children with interactive experiences that are both fun and educational. Younger guests can take part in activities such as fishing, and can even learn how to make their own fishing rod in an effort to teach children about other cultures and their traditions.

Facilities

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 center and 20m pool for guest use, as well as a fantastic wine cellar with a unique eye-level perspective of the river.

Activities

Benefiting from the large private wildlife concession, and exclusive river frontage, Matetsi River Lodge offers guests a host of activities from safaris to microlight flights. It is possible to spot a variety of animals in the surrounding area, including elephant, hippo, lion, leopard and African wild dog. There are traditional mokoro excursions available, as well as more high-adrenaline activities at Victoria Falls, such as ziplining, or bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

Reviews

5

Kelly Connor (Staff)

This lodge offers the best of both worlds as you get the luxury of being on safari combined with the relaxation of being on the Zambezi, as well as an easy drive to the Falls. Stunning in design, the rooms are spacious and gorgeous with panoramic views of the Zambezi. Complete with staff that go out of their way to make sure your stay is an unforgettable one - and trust me it will be. Perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds that the Falls draws and who want to take part in inclusive activities like game drives and boat cruises.

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Sian Frost (Staff)

You feel very special staying at Matetsi, the lodge is very stylish but still in keeping with the bush feel, the staff are fantastic, food is brilliant. It is a really good way to ease yourself in to a safari and blend it with the falls. They have majority of the Big 5 in their concession so you can do game drives as well as river cruises, canoeing down the Zambezi and visit the nearby Victoria Falls.

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Meg Shepro (Staff)

The newly renovation Matetsi River Lodge is a dream come true on the Zambezi River. Using contemporary architecture and design with eco-friendly local materials, Matesti brings style to the bush. The incredibly attentive and warm staff make your stay here even dreamier, trying to WOW you at every turn. This is a perfect stop for guests looking to enjoy the stunning Victoria Falls in an off the beaten track setting and be able to enjoy game drives and relaxing boat cruises down the Zambezi.

Offers

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Africa - Helicopter Experience 2019

Stay at Matetsi Victoria Falls in Africa for a minimum of four nights and enjoy an incredible complimentary helicopter flight.

Combinable with the Tour of the Falls and High Tea offer. Subject to availability and terms and conditions. Please contact our specialists for more information.

Book from 27 September 2018 to 31 December 2019
Travel from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019
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Experiences

  • Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls

    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 meter jump of pure adrenaline.

  • Devil's Swimming Pool

    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.

  • Helicopter Flight over 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.

  • Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls

    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.

  • Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel

    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.

  • Victoria Falls National Park

    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.

  • Victoria Falls Traditional Craft Market

    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, jewelry making and ornament carving.

  • White-water rafting on the Zambezi

    Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River on the rapids below Victoria Falls. This stretch of water is home to the largest number of high volume Grade 5 rapids on the planet. An adrenaline fuelled experience in a dramatic setting.

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Location & directions

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Around a 45-minute drive from Victoria Falls, Matetsi River Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi river, with 17 miles of private river frontage.

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