Charitable Contributions to Communities in Zimbabwe

This year, rather than corporate gifts for our valued travel industry colleagues, we are doing something different. In the spirit of giving, the Matetsi Victoria Falls team are gifting in the form of charitable contributions.

We have identified the Greenline Africa Trust. This incredible organisation works tirelessly to positively impact the rural communities in Northern Matabeleland, with particular efforts on supporting women and children.

Each month the Greenline Africa Trust puts together and distributes Gogo Packs. These Gogo Packs go to grandmothers, “Gogos”, in the villages who look after orphaned and vulnerable children. These ladies have very little themselves, and yet they open their homes to these children in need.

Currently, Greenline Africa Trust supports 20 Gogos and their informal orphanages every month. With continued support, they plan to support 100 Gogo Homes.

So, for each meeting that Hayley Walls and/or Sara Gardiner have with an industry colleague, in addition to building our relationships, and sharing our passion for Matetsi Victoria Falls, we donate an item toward the Gogo Packs.

1 meeting = 1 relationship built + 1 item donated + a sprinkling of Matetsi Magic

Items contributed to date: 284

The Matesti family is proud to support such a wonderful grassroots initiative, and share this with our valued partners in the travel industry.

If you’d like to learn more about Matetsi Victoria Falls’ charitable contributions and/or initiatives such as this one, feel free to contact Sara Gardiner directly.


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Camp Manager

Caroline Yotamu

Zimbabwean born, Caroline joined the Matetsi Victoria Falls family as Camp Manager in mid-2022, and she thrives on going the extra mile for our guest experience. Caroline brings with her a breadth of experience from 5* luxury properties across South Africa, including, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, Karkloof Safari Villas, Thanda Private Game Reserve and the Oyster Box, as well as from managing Asilia Africa’s flagship Naboisho Camp in Kenya.

Caroline holds a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the International Hotel School, and is studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Hospitality Operations Management through the same institution. After many years of working abroad, Caroline and her husband Eric (who manages a property in the neighbouring Zambezi National Park) are delighted to be back in Zimbabwe, and in their free time they love bird watching. 

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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