Matetsi River Lodge is one of the few places that allows you to combine an adventure-filled visit to Victoria Falls with an authentic and luxurious safari experience. Set on a private game reserve on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, you can enjoy total tranquillity, beautiful scenery and game viewing, while still having easy access to exciting adventure activities at Victoria Falls. Matetsi is ideal for travellers seeking a refined and exclusive Victoria Falls vacation, and because it has two large interconnecting suites as well as a 4-bedroom private villa, it is also perfect for family getaways.

The reserve spans an impressive 50 000 hectares and has nine miles (15 kilometres) of private Zambezi River frontage, with the lodge itself stretching right along the river’s banks. Observe the water’s ebb and flow from the viewing deck or the large infinity swimming pool and watch for swifts, falcons, warblers and other birdlife. While Matetsi is a traditional and authentic safari lodge, its beautiful interiors and luxurious fittings reflect contemporary African design. Local timbers blend with copper finishes, abstract carvings and local artworks to create a natural but modern aesthetic.

Game drives take you into the reserve’s wilderness to encounter large herds of elephant, buffalo, plains game and to track top predators like lion, leopard, African wild dog and spotted hyena. River cruises, nature walks, fishing and canoeing are also offered on the game reserve, and at Victoria Falls thrilling adventures await including white-water rafting, zip lining and microlighting. Return to the lodge after a busy day in time for high tea on the lawns, and top it all off with a relaxing massage in the river-side sala. 


  • Short drive from Victoria Falls
  • Private Zambezi River frontage
  • 50 000-hectare private reserve
  • Game drives, cruises & nature walks
  • River views from your suite
  • Large villa with exclusive-use swimming pool

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There are two separate camps within Matetsi River Lodge with just nine river-facing suites each to ensure every guest has an exclusive and tailored experience. Both camps have their own dining area, interactive kitchen, an inviting bar area and a comfortable lounge. Step outside onto the viewing deck to take in the lovely river vistas, enjoy a drink around the central fire pit, or take a dip in the long infinity swimming pool. 

General Facilities

    Laundry service
    Wheelchair friendly
    Wi-fi available


There are a variety of dining areas within the lodge, both indoors and out, and the menu features only the best local and imported ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be taken at the lodge, as well as high tea. 

River Lodge Suite

Enjoy complete privacy, tranquillity and secluded river views from your luxurious suite equipped with a wooden deck, private plunge pool and outdoor sitting area. Beautiful en suite bathrooms are fitted with both an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a deep bathtub overlooking your private slice of Zimbabwean wilderness. 

Other rooms

Family Suites

Matetsi River Lodge has two large suites that are ideal for families. These suites have a private deck and plunge pool, and two en suite bathrooms. A passageway connects the main bedroom to a second smaller bedroom.


River Lodge Suite AMENITIES

    En-suite bath and shower
    Mosquito net
    Outdoor shower
    Safe in room
    Wi-fi available in room


  • Bird watching
  • Bungee jumping
  • Day tours
  • Fishing
  • Game drives
  • High tea on offer
  • Horse riding safaris
  • Sunset cruises
  • White-water rafting
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016 $675 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016 $950 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 06 Jan 2017 $995 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 07 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 $705 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $995 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017 $705 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 21 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $995 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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Monique Wilson

Monique Wilson

Africa Safari Expert

"Offering breath-taking river views & leisurely meals on the river banks, the 5 Star Matetsi River Lodge offers the perfect Zimbabwe wilderness retreat. This lodge located a ways upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls offers opulent luxury, sumptuous cuisine & wonderfully hospitable staff, all set within a game viewing paradise."



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