Victoria Falls Accommodation | Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge
A beautiful wildlife reserve of the doorstep of Victoria Falls, being one of only two lodges that can offer this level of safari within an easy 45 minute drive of Victoria Falls
Matetsi River lodge is situated on a massive 50 000-hectare private game concession just 40kms from the Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe. The concession includes 15kms of prime Zambezi River frontage and the camp is perfectly laid out to ensure each room maximises its own private view of the river.
Matetsi offers the luxury traveller an opportunity to combine a wildlife safari and the magnificent Victoria Falls. It’s one of only two lodges that can currently offer this level of safari experience within a 45-minute comfortable drive of the Victoria Falls, making day visits an easy option.
The beautiful Matetsi game concession offers some diverse terrain from lush riverine vegetation to open savannahs and is home to a variety of wildlife. Strong concentrations of game species such as elephant, buffalo, sable, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala litter the plains, whilst predators like hyena and lion are commonly seen. Many other species can also be spotted including the more elusive animals like leopard and wild dog.
Activities available at Matetsi River Lodge include game drives, night drives, boat cruises, walking safaris, canoe trips, fishing, bird-watching, WILDchild activities and day trips to Victoria Falls. The diversity of land and water activities is a huge advantage and for birdwatchers this guarantees a greater number of species seen.
Considerable money has been spent on sinking waterholes and opening up roads to inaccessible areas, thereby preserving this concession. Poaching has been controlled and the wildlife is responding wonderfully. It really is a lovely wildlife park on the doorstep of Victoria Falls. The Matetsi game vehicles are amongst the best you will find with nice touches such as camera mounts and charge points.
In a luxury lodge of this standard you would expect certain luxury amenities but Matetsi has surpassed expectations with a massage sala, fitness centre, safari shop, 20m swimming pool and a spectacular wine cellar boasting some extraordinary wines and decorated with some of the owners intriguing personal collections.
This large lodge with 18 suites is divided into two camps each with its own central area. In each suite the attention to detail is quite something with just about every imaginable convenience you can think of (please refer to full details below). Large comfortable bedrooms with sumptuous beds, a comfortable lounge and spacious bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers and a pretentious bath. Each suite has its own private plunge pool and a comfortable patio that you never want to leave.
Finally, for small groups or families looking for complete exclusivity there is the Matetsi River House, a stylish 4 bedroomed private luxury villa. With its own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a veranda overlooking the Zambezi and a sparkling pool. It also comes with a complement of staff, including a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler, ensuring a tailor-made safari unlike any other.
Further to our overview above, I totally love this private game concession, it has a great variety of game and excellent bird-watching (we saw an Allen’s Gallinule on our last visit, very rare and exciting in these parts). The open plains and acacia woodland are quintessential Africa, plus its location close to Victoria Falls makes it an ideal place to base oneself outside the Falls whilst enjoying magnificent surroundings and a soft safari. But it’s a soft safari and must not be confused with a safari on a premiere wildlife concession such as in Hwange National Park. The two products are totally different, if you require clearer clarity on this contact us for full details.
This large lodge is ultimate luxury and there is nothing more that one could really want for, from the private plunge pools to the delicious meals, Matetsi River Lodge has it all.
This lodge is ideal for high-end travellers wanting a beautiful lodge within easy striking distance of Victoria Falls. It’s for those wanting to unwind, indulge and be pampered whilst enjoying a magnificent setting and a soft safari.
• Situated on a 50 000-hectare private game concession just 40kms from Victoria Falls
Accommodation at Matetsi River Lodge
• 18 luxury safari suites divided into 2 camps - all river-facing
All rooms have:
• Easy access and close proximity to Victoria Falls
• Lacks the personal touch of a smaller more intimate safari camp
• Both sides of the lodge have their own guest areas with dining rooms, bar and al
fresco dining table
Facilities and Services
• 220V electricity supply
• Accommodation in a spacious and private suite with exclusive views of
the Zambezi River
• Premium brand drinks
• Children are welcome at Matetsi River Lodge
How to Get to Matetsi River Lodge
• Airport transfers to and from Matetsi River lodge can be arranged from Kasane, Victoria Falls or Livingstone Airports
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