Canoe along our tranquil stretch of the Zambezi

What to expect

Canoeing is a wonderful way to experience the spectacular Zambezi, and her incredible flora and fauna. The banks of the river are home to magnificent trees, fabulous bird life, and a wide variety of wildlife. You’ll have a unique perspective on all of this from a relaxed seat in a Canadian-style canoe. Indulge in exciting photographic opportunities or simply drink in the views as herds and birds come to the water and bathe or stroll by along the river’s edges. Some guests have been fortunate enough to see elephants swimming in the water ahead of them and have sighted the rare Pel’s fishing owl.

Our knowledgeable and professional canoe guides have extensive experience canoeing the mighty Zambezi, and your safety is their top priority. They expertly navigate the deep-water channels along a very tranquil section of the river. The experience is very peaceful and will leave you with a sense of calm and wellness having connected to the nature around you.

This activity is suitable for children aged 16 years and older.

Best time to go

Canoeing is a year-round activity. Occasionally, in high water season, when flow of the river is very rapid, we would not recommend this activity. During your stay, our team will advise on the best time of day for this activity.

What to pack

Comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet from the occasional splash of a paddle.


From a canoe you can enjoy birdwatching, or take the opportunity for peaceful meditation.

Your Stay

Suites to Complement Your Experience

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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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