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
Amazing rooms and interiors. The staff were great and food was delicious! The wild life was incredible. We saw Lions with their little cubs, elephants, giraffe, zebra, painted dogs, hyena to name a few.
I stayed here with a large group of friends and it was the best holiday experience I have ever had. Everything was absolutely perfect, particularly the rooms (with private plunge pools and bigger than king beds), food and guided drives. The staff could not have been more accommodating and the attention to detail was next level. The guides were phenomenal! So knowledgeable and dedicated to making our safari experience the best it could be, often continuing longer to ensure we saw as many animals as possible. We were lucky enough to see prides of lions (including 2 cubs!) on each of our game drives, as well as larges herds of elephants and buffalo, giraffes, wilderbeasts, zebra, impala, spotted hyenas, painted dogs etc. Each drive surprisingly offered something new and amazing, seemingly building on the last. The G&T stop for sunset was a great touch! It is an expensive holiday (as all safari parks are) but such good value when you consider all that is included - 2 game drives a day and a first class all inclusive luxury hotel. I am so very glad we chose to pay a little more to experience the magic that is Matetsi. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you again!
Absolutely amazing few days staying here! Very spoilt in every aspect ! The lodges, food and staff were all incredible. We were very spoilt on the game drives as we got to see a lot of amazing animals ! Matetsi was definitely a highlight of our holiday.