During each month of our five-year anniversary celebrations, we are compiling our very favourite Matetsi Magic moments from our guests and our team and sharing them here on our blog.

Waking up on the banks of the Zambezi river – Andy Lowe
Taking a dip in our private plunge pool – Hailey Lowe

The birds (especially the little bee-eaters) – Daniel Hargrove

“Every bush dinner that I’ve had the pleasure of attending.” – Sara Gardiner

“From the minute we arrived to the moment we left we were hooked on the magic of Matetsi” – Fran Turner

Incredible wildlife sightings – the Turners and the Slaters

Two elephant bulls have a playful tussle – Heléne Ramackers

Young lion cubs, new life on Matetsi Private Game Reserve – Joshua Benfield

Zebras on the vlei in magical evening light – Mike Parry

Sundowners at the Buffalo Bar on the vlei with Simba and Thabo – Phil Fitzpatrick

Zanangubo lunches – the Gardiners

Family lunch on the banks of the Zambezi – David Rodgers

Sunset cruise on the Zambezi river – Mark Renshaw

Early mornings at Matetsi Victoria Falls – Hamish Kilburn

A romantic dinner outside our suite – Andy & Hailey Lowe

Aerial flight over the spectacular Victoria Falls – Julia Perowne

Celebrate with us

Thanks to everyone who has shared their photos and memories with us recently and over the years. We’d love to include more of these as we celebrate our five-year anniversary over the next five months. If you’d like to share your Matetsi Magic memories, please send them through on email and/or share them on social media using the hashtag #matetsimagic. Anyone who does share will receive a code for a 5% discount off your next new booking with us (valid until end of 2023). This can be used for any booking made through your favourite travel agent (T&Cs apply).

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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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