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Matetsi River Lodge

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • 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

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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