Matetsi Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

At a Glance

  • Elephants rustle nearby trees as you sit on the spacious deck, gently shaded by sausage trees, gazing out over the Zambezi River below perhaps enjoying a cool glass of South African wine.

  • Relish in the lavish and spacious suites, where contemporary elegance melds with natural touches and vast windows -you feel as if you could fall into the panoramic views of the Zambezi River.

  • Sample world class cuisine which blends Zimbabwean traditions with contemporary flare for a sumptuous fusion. Matetsi boasts a gastronomic experience that few in Africa can rival.

  • Time stands still as you glide through the glassy Zambezi waters on a canoe, the mournful calls of fish eagles echoing off the trees - connecting with nature on this truly tranquil experience.

  • Seek true exclusivity at Matetsi River House, where privacy and excellence are the norm. This 4 bedroom villa is seriously special.  

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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.

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Description

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

Matetsi Victoria Falls provides the utmost in safari luxury whilst blending seamlessly with its surrounding natural habitat. With 17 miles of private river front 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 is.

Matetsi Victoria Falls 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 organised 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 Victoria Falls 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 Victoria Falls 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 Victoria Falls is catered to children and offers a childs club which 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 Victoria Falls 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.

Activities

Benefiting from the large private wildlife concession, and exclusive river frontage, Matetsi Victoria Falls 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 renovated 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.

Experiences

  • Activities at Matetsi Victoria Falls

    Matetsi Victoria Falls is ideally located to be able to offer guests both a safari experiences such as game drives and boat cruises, as well as access to the iconic Victoria Falls and the activities available in the region.

  • 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.

  • Dinner on the Livingstone Express

    Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.

  • 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.

  • The Boma - Place of Eating

    The Boma - Place of Eating is a restaurant that specialises in a selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is famous for its warthog fillet.

  • 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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    • See the sand dunes of the oldest desert in the world
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    • Try your hand at fishing and catch a Tiger fish on Lake Kariba
    • Fantastic wildlife viewing at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve on 4x4 game drives

Location & directions

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

How to get there

11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Victoria Falls. Matetsi Victoria Falls is a 45-minute road transfer from the airport. Alternatively, you can fly to Victoria Falls via Harare.

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