andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge
What We Love
- Sipping cocktails while cruising the Zambezi River, where elephant and buffalo can be seen approaching the water’s edge
- Cooling off in a private plunge pool with stunning wilderness all around
- Exploring Matetsi Game Preserve with highly trained local guides
What To Know
- The lodge is about 25 miles upstream from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
- The lodge is not fenced off; guests should be vigilant at all times
- English is spoken throughout the country
- The resort is family-friendly
There’s an almost eerie beauty surrounding this andBeyond property on the Zambezi River in northwestern Zimbabwe. Vast open savannahs punctuated by acacia trees are set against lush riverside vegetation where wild animals come to quench their thirst. The 18-suite lodge was built to make the most of these views, with tall sliding windows overlooking the water and natural materials like stone and wood. Most importantly, it was designed to respect the natural habitat of the many species that wander through Matetsi Private Game Reserve, including elephant, buffalo, sable, zebra, giraffe, kudu, and waterbuck—populations that are thriving thanks to andBeyond’s conservation efforts. After daily game drives, guests relax in spacious suites covered in reed sidings that pay tribute to the region’s basket-weaving traditions. The stylish, soothing interiors include beautifully sculpted wood furnishings, abstract artworks created by a renowned African artist, and woven accents. Communal areas include a massage sala, fitness center, lap pool, wine cellar, and dining room offering organic meals served indoors or beneath a canopy of mangosteen and waterberry trees.
In the Area
Matetsi is a privileged game reserve: Zimbabwe businessman John Gardiner secured a long-term lease on the 123,500-acre land and invested millions of dollars in supporting and encouraging wildlife. (Anti-poaching security officers patrols the reserve using a high-tech radio system). His efforts have resulted in a rich game-viewing experience that includes large herds of elephant and buffalo, prides of lion, kudu, sable and roan antelope, hippo, leopard, African wild dog, spotted hyena, and more than 300 bird species. Once you’ve explored the reserve, head to nearby Victoria Falls, the world’s greatest sheet of falling water. After a guided tour of the spectacular gorge, which includes a bridge conceived by magnate Cecil Rhodes, sit down for high tea at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel. One of its dining venues, Stanley’s Terrace, serves scones, cakes, and finger sandwiches on a shaded veranda with views of the falls.
How to Get There
The beauty of Matetsi is that it offers ultimate comfort and great service while keeping the true spirit of African wilderness.
The entire staff, or should I say the whole Matetsi family made our stay memorable from the very minute we arrived until we left.
They anticipated our every need, took us on fantastic game drives (thanks to our very knowledgeable guide Trymore and our tracker Nixon) and provided us with the most amazing meals, making sure to surprise us every day with new breakfast or lunch locations...
Our villa was beautiful, the bedding one the best we ever had and we enjoyed our own little pool overlooking the Zambeze river.
Having experienced quite a few safari experiences in the past, we rate this last one as number one.
Matetsi was one of the best places I have ever been to. The service was incredible as well as amazing food, game drives, facilities as well as an amazing view of the river. On game drives, we saw the most incredible animals including, lions, hiena's, giraffes, elephants, a herd of 600 buffalo as well as many more. Thankyou so much to all the staff who made our stay so incredible.
What a cheerful amazing welcome on arrival the hospitality like in the palace the briefing excellent the room was excellent in our little paradise had our our own outdoor pool out door shower the rooms well cleaned and ventilated well furnished and full room bar service drinks and water
I liked this small work up call window for early teas tea comes through a window tray no need to work up and open doors for the Butler
The meals perfect according to your diet and order
I liked that all rooms even the main area the gym the spar are all river view all is sited along the riverbank
My husband and I celebrated Christmas here during our honeymoon. We can’t say enough about the property, reserve, the professionalism of the guides and staff, and quality of the food and service. Matetsi is gorgeous, set on the Zambezi River, with beautiful standalone accommodations with river and nature views. It’s completely immersed in its environment (you are accompanied by staff after dark to your villa and we spotted some hippos in the brush 20 yards away!). We went for two nature drives a day with our guide Simba and tracker Ophie, who spoke excellent English, and were extremely talented, knowledgeable and warm and welcoming. They hosted a coffee and sundowner break on every drive, replete with a table and table cloth, glasses and china, in the middle of the bush or plains. Matetsi is a magical place. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
We were fortunate enough to experience the magic of Matetsi. Luxury at it’s very best in a very relaxed atmosphere . The management the staff the game drives were exceptional not to mention the wine cellar. Lovely well thought surprises around every corner to make your stay even more special and memorable. Thank you to the entire Matetsi team for creating this magical place.