Matetsi Victoria Falls Wildlife Sightings

Matetsi Private Game Reserve, a 55,000-hectare pristine wilderness that consists of a variety of different ecosystems and has 15 km of Zambezi River frontage, provides habitats for a huge variety of flora and fauna. Over the past 5 years, life has been restored to this magical place, through a range of conservation initiatives, spearheaded by the dedicated Matetsi Victoria Falls team. Today, the property offers a rich wildlife experience.

May 2020 Wildlife Sightings

June 2020

In May, the water levels in the Zambezi river peaked, and have started to fall. The sausage trees drop their giant pods into the soft mud below. Winter is certainly on its way; the days are shortening, and we don extra layers early morning and evening. As the bush continues […]

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April 2020 Wildlife Sightings

May 2020

As was the case for the whole of mankind, the month of April 2020 was not “business as usual” for us. Though the elephants, warthogs and bushbuck made their usual visits to camp. And our guides and conservation team, who together have always been wildlife guardians, continued to traverse the vast […]

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December Wildlife Sightings

December 2019

Despite December being the beginning of the “Green Season*”, one of our guides noted “Buffalo and Elephants everywhere”. These iconic species were seen in their numbers, and there were numerous lions spotted throughout Matetsi Private Game Reserve. *Green Season is the period in Africa that falls during the annual rains. Wildlife […]

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November Wildlife Sightings

November 2019

Our seasonal rains started on 2nd November. The sight, sound and smell* of those first rains filled our hearts with joy. Within days the bush started to transform from a dry barren landscape to a green lush Eden. *Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra(πέτρα), meaning […]

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October Wildlife Sightings

October 2019

With 15 km of Zambezi River frontage, and 16 strategically placed waterholes, Matetsi Private Game Reserve is a haven for wildlife in the region. Due to the huge numbers of elephant moving through, some areas of the concession look like an alien landscape, but we know once the rains come, the vegetation will spring back to life.

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September 2019

September started exactly as it intended to go on, with lion sightings. To set the scene, with rainfall being a 3rd of average in some areas regionally, water is scarce, and the bush is generally very dry, and so the density of wildlife in general within Matetsi Private Game Reserve is increasing. The dry bush allows for good visibility, and wildlife are drawn to water holes throughout the day.

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August Wildlife Sightings

August 2019

In the dry season, a good availability of water, from 16 solar-powered boreholes and 15 km of the mighty Zambezi River, means that that 55,000-hectare wilderness that is Matetsi Private Game Reserve is an oasis for wildlife.

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June 2019

These months were characterized by bitterly cold mornings, and gorgeous blue-sky days. Guest departed the lodge wrapped up like the Michelin-man, with a hot water bottle helping to keep them cozy, and returned mid-morning delayered and feeling sprightly – whether as a result of the fresh morning air or the Ranger’s coffee (with Amarula), we can’t say.

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Guest Stories & Sightings

September 2018

As we head into our driest months, we look back on last year and what nature had in store for us over this period, as seen through the eyes of our guests. October and November can be a very hot time of the year. After months of no rain, the bush is very sparse, allowing for good visibility even in the wooded areas, and wildlife are often found congregating around the waterholes.

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