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
This luxury river lodge is on the bank of the Zambezi river with plush river facing suites, king-size beds, circular limestone bathtubs, indoor and outdoor showers, private patio with plunge pools. The interiors are all polished wood and cooper. Meals are spectacular, outdoor dining with exceptional wines. Service is second to none, you are just so well taken care of, every minute of the day. This is an unfenced game reserve, so animals do come into the open spaces which makes the experience so much more fantastic. Games drives morning and night and wonderful additional experience which I won't mention lest it spoils the surprise. We originally stayed for three nights, but then went back for two more as it was just so delightful. We will certainly be back
From the moment that we landed at Victoria falls airport to the moment that we were dropped back at the airport we were absolutely spoilt. Our Guide Steven was waiting for us in the arrivals hall and promptly took care of our luggage. Once in our mini bus we were offered a refreshing bottle of ice cold water and a packed lunch. On arrival at Matetsi the staff and management were waiting welcome us. We were escorted to the lapa to complete the relevant documentation and discuss camp safety and activates.We were then shown around our beautiful room with the most magnificent views of the Zambezi River and Zambia. After a cruise along the mighty Zambezi River we returned for the most exquisite dinner. The next morning we set off at 05.30 for a game drive where we were privileged to see a wide variety of game,followed by a sunset game drive which was beyond all expectations. What stood out the most was the friendliness and knowledge of all the staff and how they picked up on your interests and passed them onto each other. As in my tittle we were there for our 20th wedding anniversary and what a place to spend it.The Matetsi team made this an anniversary that we will never forget. My only regret is that we only had two nights at Matetsi and it was not long enough as there is so much to do and see. They call your stay at Matetsi the "Matetsi experience" and that is what it is, The most fantastic experiences that I have been privileged to have. "Thank you so much to all at Matetsi"
We spent three nights at Matetsi and each one better than the night before. We arrived and went out on our first game drive!! SO exciting and saw lots of animals! Arrived back to an amazing dinner!! Celebrated a birthday with style and singing!! Perfect place to stay to see Victoria Falls. Beks was the best tour guide!! An amazing African dinner and dancing on our last night.
The rooms are gorgeous!! Views of the Zambezie River out the back door. IT is truly a special place. The people made it so special. We did not want to leave!! Can't wait to return for another visit!!