Matetsi Victoria Falls establishes in-house Anti-Poaching Unit

We are delighted to share the news of the establishment of an in-house anti-poaching unit on Matetsi Private Game Reserve. The latest step in our conservation journey, which we recently documented in this short video

Over the last six years, we have seen life return to Matetsi Private Game Reserve, a vast 136,000-acre wilderness that had been previously devastated by poaching and illegal hunting. 

With the commitment of our family-owners, we are proud to have been able to take the next step in this journey. We have brought in passionate Zimbabwean conservationist, Brian Gurney to set up and lead our conversation and security team. Focused primarily on protecting the vast wilderness that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve, and the wildlife that call this area home, this team has also been trained as personal security should guests request this. 

The formation of this in-house anti-poaching unit is essential to realising our long-term conservation goals, which include reintroduction of wildlife species within Matetsi Private Game Reserve (for example waterbuck in the near future, and hopefully rhino down the line) as well as the on-going preservation of flora and fauna species. 

If you would like to find out more and/or would like to support our conservation efforts, please contact co-founder Sara Gardiner directly: sara@matetsivictoriafalls.com

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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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