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Matetsi River Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

- Exclusive riverside camp
- Game drives and walks in private concession
- Land and water based activities
- Excursions to Victoria Falls

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Overview

Matetsi River Lodge is an upmarket, secluded camp in a peaceful waterside location in the Victoria Falls area of northwest Zimbabwe. Located 40 km upstream from the iconic Falls, the lodge sits in a large private game reserve, featuring an exclusive 15 km stretch of the Zambezi River. This deluxe camp offers 18 spacious, contemporary suites, all with panoramic river views, a 23m swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a spa, plus a range of land and water-based activities. Matetsi River Lodge will appeal to travellers with a higher budget who wish to combine a stylish and tranquil safari base with straightforward access to the majestic Victoria Falls.

Guest areas in camp include an open-sided dining, lounge, and bar area overlooking the Zambezi. Communal meals are served either indoors or alfresco beneath the trees, whilst the outside fire pit with seating is a great spot for a sundowner. The lodge boasts an extensive wine cellar, and tastings are available. Massages and beauty treatments are on offer at the tranquil spa, plus there’s a fully-equipped fitness centre and a beautiful 23m lap pool stretching along the Zambezi. There is also a gift shop onsite.

A choice of land and water-based activities includes morning and afternoon game drives within the reserve. Home to elephant, buffalo, sable antelope, hippo, lion, and African wild dog, the area also offers excellent birdwatching, boasting 366 species of birds. Guided walks in the bush provide a great opportunity for observing wildlife. River based activities include fishing, canoeing, and relaxing boat cruises. The lodge offers guided excursions to the world UNESCO heritage site of Victoria Falls, where a variety of activities, including helicopter flights and water-based adrenalin activities, can be arranged.

The camp accommodates up to 48 guests in 18 light and airy suites, all featuring contemporary furnishings and artworks. Each glass-fronted, stylish unit has a double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, and a lounge area. Bathrooms are ensuite with twin basins, a freestanding bathtub, and both indoor and outdoor showers. All units come with air conditioning and fans, hot drink facilities, a minibar, and Wi-Fi. Outside is a spacious veranda with a private plunge pool, relaxing sofas, and idyllic river views.

Families are extremely welcome in camp, and reductions are offered to guests under 16 years of age when sharing with adults. The camp’s ‘Wildchild’ programme of activities for younger guests includes biscuit baking, rod making, and fishing, whilst the onsite spa offers kid friendly ‘pampering’ sessions. The lodge houses two spacious family suites, each comprising two bedrooms with double or twin beds, a lounge area, and two ensuite bathrooms. Outside is a spacious veranda with a private plunge pool and river views. Cots, highchairs, and babysitting are available on request. Note that as the camp is unfenced and in a riverside location, children should be supervised at all times.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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