Wildlife Report: Autumn 2024 (February – April)

Whether you’re a summer person or a winter person, the end of the warmer months always holds an element of sadness; days getting shorter and cooler, trees becoming bare and migratory birds making the journey north once again. The autumn season is marked by its own kind of abundance though, as wildlife sightings become increasingly […]

Wildlife Report: Summer 2023-24 (November – January)

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock There is a universal familiarty to Lubbock’s words from “The Use of […]

Through the eyes of our GM Stian Commaille

A New Beginning As the sun rises over the vast Zambezi River, casting a golden glow on the lodge nestled on its banks, I often stand on the edge, early morning to take in the amazing view. A resident fish eagle regularly greets whilst the hippos relax in the river and the Elephants and bush […]

Wildlife Report: Spring 2023 (August – October)

In most parts of the world, Spring implies a slow thawing of the winter chill accompanied by longerdays, soft breezes and an abundance of colourful blossoms. In our beautiful corner of northwesternZimbabwe, we tend to launch head-first into summer, skipping the gentle transition almost entirelyand going straight to fierce heat and shimmering horizons. By the […]

Wildlife Report: Winter 2023 (May – July)

Winter arrived quietly this year, taking longer than usual to settle in as autumn seemed set to enjoy an extended stay in this part of Zimbabwe. We were fortunate to enjoy balmy daytime temperatures throughout the month of May, which, when combined with the thinning of the bush, created idyllic safari conditions for our guests. […]

Wildlife Report: Autumn 2023 (February – April)

We often say that Victoria Falls is a year-round destination, with different experiences to offer at different times of year. We are reminded how true this is as we reflect on the approach of autumn over the past three months; a season where the falls are at their most dramatic – giving us an impressive […]

Wildlife Report: Summer 2022-23 (November – January)

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Just as Fitzgerald describes in his literary classic, the abrupt arrival of summer […]

Amaganyane Anti-poaching Unit Update

We have shared the latest update on our conservation journey, the development of our Amaganyane anti-poaching unit, in a short video. The formation of the Amaganyane anti-poaching team in mid-2021, which aligned with the Gardiner family’s conservation vision, was a huge investment for the family and Matetsi Victoria Falls as an organisation. In 2022, the […]

Waterbuck Translocation on to Matetsi Private Game Reserve

In June 2022, Matetsi Victoria Falls reached its’ biggest singular conservation achievement with the translocation of fourteen waterbuck from the Hwange National Park to their new home, Matetsi Private Game Reserve. The waterbuck were generously donated by the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife ManagementAme Reserve. The waterbuck were generously donated by the Zimbabwe National Parks […]

Wildlife Report: Spring 2022 (August – October)

Spring is a time of change at Matetsi Private Game Reserve, as winter begins to loosen its grip on the landscape and the new season brings with it life-giving rains, steadily rising temperatures and the sight of baby animals around every corner. In August, with the warmer weather still a few weeks away, the bush […]