Our Story

Family-owned and independently run, our beautifully designed luxury safari lodge, sits on the banks of the Zambezi river, within its own 136,000-acre pristine wilderness, Matetsi Private Game Reserve.

Comprising 16 suites, 2 family suites and a private villa, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers the ideal combination of safari, river, relaxation and the Falls all-in-one. We cater to guests looking for the ultimate exclusive location from which to explore this remarkable part of the world.

In order to showcase exceptional local talent, we have brought together an 100% Zimbabwean team on property. With an in-depth understanding of the founding family’s vision, the team have created a centre for excellence at Matetsi Victoria Falls – from our attentive but not obtrusive butlers to our extraordinary chefs and amazing guides, the passion of our team comes through in every aspect of our guest experience.

The Matetsi Family

Adding a family touch to your luxury safari.

The Gardiner family of Matetsi Victoria Falls
Matetsi Victoria Falls is the embodiment of our family’s dream to marry our passion for conservation and luxury hospitality, in order to sustainably protect one of the most beautiful landscapes in our home country of Zimbabwe, the 136,000-acre wilderness area that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve. Our own passion for conservation is shared by our dedicated conservation-minded team on the ground that focuses on the preservation of this incredible area. And our lodge team look after our guests with such authentic Zimbabwean hospitality that you’ll leave feeling like part of our extended Matetsi Victoria Falls family.

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Quality Assurance Manager

Sara Ellis

Sara Ellis is an incredibly dedicated and hard working member of our Matetsi family. Having been our Head Pastry Chef for over four years, Sara transitioned to her role of Quality Assurance Manager in early 2022, bringing with her a wealth of experience and an unparalleled attention to detail. Sara works primarily behind the scenes, supporting all departments to ensure that the Matetsi Magic shines through brightly in every one of our guest’s stays with us.

Sara holds a Cordons Bleus Grande Diploma from Silwood School of Cookery, Cape Town, and has worked at some exceptional Southern African establishments, including Ellerman House and Singita Pamushana, as well as on private yachts.

Sara is mother to two wonderful boys, wife of our Executive Chef, Shane Ellis, and an individual who shows great commitment not just to Matetsi Victoria Falls, but also to our local community in many ways, including standing on the Parents’ Association and driving fundraising initiatives for a local primary school.

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