Matetsi – A magical place

As a tour guide for the past 16 years I have had the opportunity to stay in some of the best hotels and lodges on offer in Southern Africa. There are many components and factors that make a place something special.  It is rare to find a place that gets all the components right. Recently […]

Best Time To Visit Victoria Falls

You’ll hear it first, Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘The Smoke That Thunders’: light, deep reverberations that grow in volume as you edge closer to witness this immense natural phenomenon, and face a vast, soft cloud, shifting idly a few meters above ground. After healthy summer rains, when Victoria Falls is at its most powerful, this cloud is […]

A Story of Hope

If you were fortunate to visit us between September 2019 and March 2020 and sight 2 young lion cubs, this is their story. They were born into a dusty barren world, where the colour green didn’t exist. Their mother was part of a large pride of lions (about 10 or so). In those first months, […]

A Reflection: While You Are Gone

As Zimbabweans, we are blessed with a strong sense of community, a nurtured resilience and a natural hopefulness that will carry us through this. Along with the whole of mankind, these past couple of months have not been “business as usual” for us. Though we are fortunate to be isolated from the worst of the […]

Updated: Global Big Day of Birding 2020

Global Big Day of Birding 2020 on Matetsi Private Game Reserve On Saturday 09 May, six teams went out on a birding mission across Matetsi Private Game Reserve. In total they recorded 106 bird species! And counted well over 500 birds! “I really had fun and learnt so many more birds.” Starting from the lodge, […]

The Zambezi River in Flood

Victoria Falls

The Zambezi is in full flood after a record-breaking rainy season, with experts comparing the current volume of water with the levels famously seen in 1977/78. At Matetsi Victoria Falls, our most visual indicator of the water levels is on the deck area. Our General Manager, Jono Hudson, has shared photos of the deck with […]

Update on Victoria Falls

A Matetsi Victoria Falls guest looking at Victoria Falls through binoculars

As I write this (late April 2020), the Victoria Falls is tracking for an all-time high peak water flow, and I can hear the rumble of The Falls from my cottage in Victoria Falls town. The distinctive roar of the largest waterfall on Earth, a constant reminder of the immeasurable power of nature. Victoria Falls […]

A Story of Hope

If you were fortunate to visit us between September 2019 and March 2020 and sight 2 young lion cubs, this is their story. They were born into a dusty barren world, where the colour green didn’t exist. Their mother was part of a large pride of lions (about 10 or so). In those first months, […]

April 2020 Wildlife Sightings

As was the case for the whole of mankind, the month of April 2020 was not “business as usual” for us. Though we were fortunate to be isolated from the worst of the troubles, it was a very strange and disconcerting time for everyone. We did not welcome guests, well, human ones at least – […]

Matetsi Victoria Falls continues to support the Gogo Project

In times of crisis, even more support is required for community and conservation work. Vulnerable individuals face greater hardship due to loss of income and less support from the wider community. Whole communities face famine and some individuals may turn to poaching as a means of survival. In addition to our ongoing conservation work on […]