Set on a private 15 km stretch of the mighty Zambezi – meaning “The Great River” in the local Tonga language – you will find our award-winning safari lodge and luxury villa.
Just 40 km upriver from the rush and spray of the Victoria Falls, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers an idyllic oasis from which to explore, adventure, relax and recharge. Situated within our own 136,000-acre pristine wilderness, Matetsi Private Game Reserve, we offer the most private and exclusive experience in the Victoria Falls area.
Matetsi Victoria Falls is less than a 45 min drive from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). The property is also accessible by road transfer from Livingstone (Zambia) and Kasane (Botswana). Complimentary arrival and departure road transfers are offered within the Victoria Falls area.
There is also a private helipad, and a private airstrip on property, respectively 2 minutes and 10 minutes drive from the lodge. Both are suitable for domestic charter arrivals. The helipad is just 15 minutes by direct helicopter transfer from Victoria Falls International Airport, or a scenic “Flight of the Angels” over the Falls and down the Zambezi river is a spectacular way to arrive into the destination.
Road transfer time to Matetsi Victoria Falls:
60 km / 55 mins
15 min (direct) / ~35 mins (scenic)
45 km / 1.5 hours
61 km / 1.5 hours
1 – 2 hours (aircraft dependent)
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.
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.