This journey first takes you to the glamorous Cape Town cityscapes surrounded by the ocean and mountains. From here, you venture into the wild for a magical Big 5 safari, with the choice between Thornybush or Timbavati. End your adventure in Victoria Falls, where the largest waterfall on earth and a host of adrenaline-fueled activities await you.
South Africa’s oldest and Mother City, Cape Town is a medley of culture, architecture, fine cuisine, excellent wine, and breathtaking natural wonders. From hiking to fine dining, wine tasting, and cultural excursions – every moment is a highlight.
Next up, you dial things down with a relaxing yet heart-quickening Big 5 safari experience. Choose between Thornybush and Timbavati, both well-known private game reserves offering exclusive experiences. Finally, wrap up your journey with warm Zimbabwean hospitality on the banks of the Zambezi River and marvel at the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ in Victoria Falls.
The best hideaway in the city, Future Found Sanctuary’s Villa Verte is tucked away on the slopes above the Hout Bay valley. Surrounded by blooming gardens and a mere ten minutes from one of Cape Town’s most popular pristine beaches, Llandudno, you’ll find tranquillity here. However, you’re also a mere 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan Cape Town city centre, promising fine dining restaurants and entertainment galore. The Villa itself is fully serviced and overlooks the mesmerising folds of the surrounding mountains and greenery of the flourishing gardens. A modern, artistic masterpiece, it’s adorned with bespoke furniture and contemporary artwork for a chic city escape. And with four suites, it’s perfect for a group travelling together.
So much indoor and outdoor space collide at the Farmstead, offering plenty of room to yourself that you’ll feel as if you’re on a planet of your own. The Farmstead is elevated, offering incredible bush views — the picture-perfect backdrop when enjoying a sundowner on the vast deck. With contemporary African artwork adorning the walls, you’ll have something to admire at all times, both outdoors and indoors. The property has three luxurious suites, as well as The Farmhouse. The latter is a three-and-half bedroom private villa, making it perfect for a group of friends or family travelling together.
If exclusivity is what you long for, Matetsi River House private villa will exceed your expectations. Here a dedicated team will look after you and your friends and family around the clock. At Matetsi Victoria Falls, it’s all about the small moments we like to refer to as Matesti Magic. It was the Gardiner family’s vision to showcase everything exceptional about their home country, Zimbabwe. This was realised by shining a light on local artisans and creating a conservation legacy for future generations. From the distinctly African interior design to the warm hospitality our home soil is known for, Matesti Victoria Falls is the ultimate base for exploring the Falls and wildlife-packed landscapes. Here you will experience riverside living at its finest, with the mighty Zambezi lulling you to sleep.
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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.