About Matetsi

Set on a private 15 km stretch of the mighty Zambezi – meaning “The Great River” in the local Tonga language – you will find our award-winning safari lodge and luxury villa.

World Class Safari Experiences

Just 40 km upriver from the rush and spray of the Falls, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers both world-class safari experiences and an idyllic oasis from which to explore, adventure, relax and recharge. Experience stellar five-star services rivaled only by the spectacular natural wonders surrounding Matetsi River Lodge and River House. Guests, accompanied by knowledgeable, conservation-minded guides, are invited to explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s 55 000 hectares of protected and unspoiled wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by boat, while great herds of elephant, buffalo and plains game delight and amaze.

Luxury Hospitality

John Gardiner and his family combined the family’s experience in luxury hospitality with their passion for conservation and for the beauty of their home, Zimbabwe. The Gardiners, with local architect Kerry Van Leenhoff, exceptional Zimbabwean hotelier Jono Hudson and teams of talented local artists, artisans, game rangers and hospitality staff, create the finest safari and cultural experiences, showcasing the richly varied beauty of Zimbabwe’s people and magnificent wilderness.

Above all, the Zimbabwean spirit, at the heart of everything that is done on the property, makes Matetsi Victoria Falls a unique experience: from the visionary owners’ passion, to the distinctly local design and architecture, and to the artistry and warmth of the Matetsi team. Matetsi weaves a magical quality to leave guests with greater insight into the culture and surrounds, treasured memories, and a longing for more Matetsi Magic.

“Although this ultra-luxurious nature retreat reopened little over a year ago (it was formerly known as & Beyond Matetsi River Lodge), in that time it has become the luxury destination here as it pioneers a whole new way of experiencing ‘the Falls’, scooping up a number of design awards and travel accolades in the process.”

Condé Nast Traveller

Hot List 2017

Travel + Leisure

It List 2017


Travel Awards winner Wild & Wonderful category 2017

We Are Africa Innovation Awards 2017

Shortlisted in Design Africa category

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