Overview of Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge 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 good game viewing, while still having access to exciting adventure activities at Victoria Falls, which is about an hour’s drive away. Matetsi is ideal for travellers seeking a refined and exclusive Victoria Falls vacation, and because it has two large interconnecting suites, 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 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 with very large air-conditioned suites. 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, roan and sable antelope as well as other 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. 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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private Zambezi River frontage
  • 50 000-hectare private reserve
  • Game drives, cruises & nature walks
  • River views from your suite
  • Very contemporary architecture & interiors
Bird watching

Bird watching

Fishing

Fishing

Game drives

Game drives

High tea on offer

High tea on offer

Sunset cruises

Sunset cruises

Rooms at Matetsi River Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Suites

    Set beneath the thick canopies of a vast riverine forest, River Lodge comprises two intimate river-facing camps consisting of nine suites each, of which two are family suites. Here generosity of space and absolute privacy are a given, with a bold sequence of architectural spaces and contemporary interiors defined by an earthy yet sophisticated mix of textured latte screens, contemporary blonde basketry, warm tactile wood and the lustre of copper.

    All suites are air-conditioned and come with sumptuous King-size four-poster beds, generous bathtubs, indoor and outdoor rain showers as well as a private plunge pool and deck. Each suite is perfectly appointed so as to capitalize on the lodge’s 15km’s private river frontage.

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      River House Exclusive-Use

      For those in search of the ultimate in seclusion and privacy, there’s River House – an exclusive-use, four-bedroom villa that is ideal for a large group, family or trans-generational group travelling together. River House is equipped with every luxury necessary in the bush from a full kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining areas that lead out to a spacious veranda with a private swimming pool and fire pit bowl. River House also comes with the dedicated services of a private chef, butler, guide as well as a dedicated game drive vehicle.

      General Facilities

      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 where you can periodically watch the chefs at work, 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. The lodge also has a compact gym, an intimate sala spa area and a well-stocked safari shop.

      Bar

      Bar

      Laundry service

      Laundry service

      Safe

      Safe

      Wheelchair friendly

      Wheelchair friendly

      Wi-Fi available

      Wi-Fi available

      Dining

      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 are all taken at the lodge, as well as high tea. Matetsi River Lodge has a private dining room and a beautiful wine cellar stocked with thoughtfully selected vintages from South Africa and abroad.

      Expert Opinion

      We know because we go
      Ramona Cilliers

      Ramona Cilliers

      Africa Safari Expert

      Prepare to be spoilt and have your every whim indulged at this exceptional camp. Enjoy the fantastic river location for adventure or relaxation.

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