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
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.
For our first visit to Victoria Falls we weren't sure whether we should stay in the town itself or outside and we definitely made the right decision by staying at Matetsi (constant helicopters over the falls mean that it's quite noisy in town)! The hotel setting is breathtaking and so peaceful; set on the banks of the Zambezi you have access to wildlife on your doorstep and incredible sunsets. The design of the rooms was beautiful and even had little touches like bluetooth speakers so we could listen to our own music. Food is amazing and would not be out of place in a top London restaurant- and there is no chance of you ever going hungry! Our butler, Chris, was wonderful and took care of our every need- even making up new cocktails for us! The reserve that the property is on is so vast and one morning we were the only people out on a safari drive with the whole place to ourselves- after going on numerous safaris across Africa I can tell you what a special treat this was! We were even lucky enough to see wild dogs (which are endangered and quite rare)!. Truly the highlight of our holiday! Highly recommended!
We spent two days at Matetsi at the end of a two week trip to South Africa. It was an outstanding experience overall. I was especially impressed with the quality of the food, which really stood out. Also, the attentiveness and friendliness of the staff was exceptional. The rooms were large and luxuriously appointed. On our game drives, the animals were not as abundant as they were in some of the other reserves we visited, but there was excellent variety and we were usually the only game viewing vehicle around, so it was a high quality experience.