Boat Cruise

Cruise along our private stretch of the Zambezi

What to expect

Matetsi Private Game Reserve lies along 9 miles of private Zambezi river frontage, and we offer exclusive river cruises, including the stunning sunrise cruise and the renowned Zambezi river sunset cruise.

You’ll be joined by your personal guide and tracker, who will share the wonders of the Zambezi river with you. If you’d like to try amateur fishing, our team can organise that for you too. A professional fishing guide can be booked on request.

Best time to go

The boat cruise experience is offered year round. The water levels of the Zambezi river do rise and fall annually, and our boat captains adjust the route of the cruise accordingly. They say the best time to fish on the Zambezi is between May and November, but we feel fishing can be enjoyed year round.

What to pack

Your boat cruise will provide an opportunity for interesting bird-viewing and a spectacular sunrise/sunset, so don’t forget your binoculars and camera.


Sunrise and sunset boat cruises are most popular. You might also like to enjoy lunch on the boat, and/or some amateur fishing on the Zambezi river.

Your Stay

Suites to Complement Your Experience

Online Reservations

For direct online bookings and live availability.

Traveller Enquiry

Your stay tailor-made by our reservations team.
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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