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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

Lion spotted on game drive Luxurious and spacious rooms Explore the Zambezi Cooling down is easy Beautiful suites along the river

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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 bed-roomed 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.

Our Opinion

This luxury soft-safari option is on a huge private concession accessible only to Matetsi Lodge guest, with awesome views of the Zambezi River. This is a laid back safari option for those wanting to stay near the Victoria Falls and still enjoy an up-market bush experience.

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
• Luxury lodge with 18 suites, 2 central areas and a private river house.
• 15kms Zambezi river frontage, each suite with its own private view and plunge pool.
• Ideal safari accommodation within easy striking distance of Victoria Falls
• Good game viewing and bird-watching via land and water based activities
• Exceptional amenities in both the central areas and the rooms

Accommodation at Matetsi River Lodge

• 18 luxury safari suites divided into 2 camps - all river-facing
• 2 inter-leading Family suites with a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children each
• A private family villa with 4 bedrooms is available at Matetsi River House

All rooms have:
• Overhead fan
• Mosquito netting
• Tea/coffee making facilities
• Bath, indoor and outdoor showers,
• Private plunge pool
• Veranda with private view of the Zambezi River and comfortable outdoor seating
• Safe
• Mini-bar
• Telephone
• Hair dryer
• Air con
• Family suites have a private outdoor lounge area


• Easy access and close proximity to Victoria Falls
• Beautiful position right on the Zambezi River
• Enormous private game concession (only accessible to Matetsi River lodge guests)
• Exceptional amenities in central areas and the rooms
• Top quality game viewing vehicles
• Land and water based activities


• Lacks the personal touch of a smaller more intimate safari camp
• Rooms are a bit dark and need more lighting which I am sure will be addressed

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• Both sides of the lodge have their own guest areas with dining rooms, bar and al fresco dining table
• Private dining by the river's banks on arrangement

Facilities and Services

• 220V electricity supply
• Massage sala
• Gym/fitness centre
• Main guest area with lounge, dining area, library and bar
• Private plunge pool for each guest suite
• Villa pool at Matetsi River House
• Childminding
• Laundry service included in the rates
• Wheelchair access
• Wi-Fi in guest suites at the river lodge, and throughout the villa at the river house
• Curio shop
• Wine cellar
Activities: Game drives; Walking safaris; Bird-watching; Canoeing; Sunrise or sunset boat cruises; Fishing; Guided tour of the Victoria Falls including high tea at Victoria Falls Hotel (on a min of 2 night stay); children's activities

Rates Include

• Accommodation in a spacious and private suite with exclusive views of the Zambezi River
• Meals, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beers, tea and coffee, and meals during excursions
• Safari activities (listed above)
• Laundry
• Transfers to and from lodge activities

Rates Exclude

• Premium brand drinks
• Airport transfers and others not stated above
• Telephone calls
• Safari shop and other curio purchases
• Other Victoria Falls activities
• All items of a personal nature
• Spa treatments


• Children are welcome at Matetsi River Lodge
• Family suites and the Matetsi River House are ideal for families with children
• Children six to twelve are only permitted on game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager, otherwise children 12 years and over are welcome on game drives
• Children 16 and older are permitted on walking safaris
• Children younger than 6 can only participate in young adventurer's activities at the 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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Client Testimonials

by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha
Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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