Conservation & Community

 

Matetsi Private Game Reserve lies in the North-West corner of Zimbabwe, a country globally renowned for being the first country in Africa with a visionary approach to managing natural resources, from as early as 1975.

Kavango-Zambezi

Trans-Frontier Conservation Area

Zimbabwe has the second largest elephant population in the world and still holds significant tracts of African teak. Both of these are evident in the pristine 55 000-hectare wilderness that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve. The property holds a key position within the enormous Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (TFCA) – the largest TFCA in the world – and incorporating five cooperating countries (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and Angola).

At Matetsi we have taken deliberate steps to ensure minimum impact on our environment:

  • Camps were set up within original campsite footprints and materials were re-used and sourced locally as far as possible.
  • Local labor and talent ensured distinctly African, contemporary design plus support for local artists, artisans and talent.
  • A vital, clear-roads network was installed throughout Matetsi Private Game Reserve – essential for anti-poaching and game viewing.
  • Solar-powered boreholes and wide-reach radio networks have been installed to ensure vital care and protection of the wildlife and botanical treasures.


At Matetsi we have taken deliberate steps to ensure minimum impact on our environment:

  • Camps were set up within original campsite footprints and materials were re-used and sourced locally as far as possible.
  • Local labour and talent ensured distinctly African, contemporary design plus support for local artists, artisans and talent.
  • A vital, clear-roads network was installed throughout Matetsi Private Game Reserve – essential for anti-poaching and game viewing.
  • Solar-powered boreholes and wide-reach radio networks have been installed to ensure vital care and protection of the wildlife and botanical treasures.


We know that it is our responsibility to conserve our natural resources and to build environmental awareness:

  • We have installed Natura water bottling plants at all camps and pure still and sparkling water are served in recycled glass bottles.
  • Our knowledgeable safari guides are assisted by passionate trackers, who have the opportunity to learn directly from the experienced guides: the pair engage with our guests to give them knowledge and understanding of the flora and fauna in this beautiful part of Africa.

We Support the Rhino's Without Borders Project

This initiative is about taking rhinos from existing, high density populations which are attracting more and more poaching, and releasing them into the wild within a country that has low densities of rhino and the best anti- poaching record on the continent. It also secures rhino breeding diversity and provides a nucleus of stock in a different location, so that these animals are not all concentrated in one location. It’s not a rescue, but it could be considered an Ark for rhino genes.

Pack for a Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for the projects in need, we support, you’ll make a priceless impact on the lives of our local children and families. 

On-going Conservation Efforts

As part of our commitment to preserve the 55,000-hectare pristine wilderness that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve, annually we maintain fire breaks through controlled burns in order to minimize the spread of bush fires. This is hard work for our conservation team, and so we want to take this opportunity to thank them for their tireless efforts.

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