We showcase only the very best of Zimbabwe in this proudly local tour, featuring Mana Pools, Southern Hwange National Park and the mighty Victoria Falls.
This journey through Zimbabwe starts in Private Sapi Reserve in the Mana Pools region, which was once a hunting destination but is now focused on tourism and conservation, with a thriving wildlife population.
Next, continue to Southern Hwange National Park, where this massive park has the biggest diversity of mammals globally and plenty to see and do. Finally, you’ll end your journey in true Zimbabwean style at Victoria Falls, where action and serenity culminate in your most memorable journey yet.
“Tembo” means “elephant” and is a fitting name to give you a taste of what to expect. With deep love and respect for this animal, inspiration was drawn from their gentle and magnificent nature. It’s also the only Relais & Châteaux camp in Zimbabwe, promising an elevated level of luxury in the wild Sapi Reserve in the Mana Pools region. With a unique combination of canvas and stonewall, you get to experience a wildly spectacular outdoor-indoor safari accommodation experience.
Located within a private concession in a flourishing south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Linkwasha gives you access to the famous Ngamo Plains and its many wildlife residents. With a focus on space and eclectic contemporary design, the eight en-suite tents and a family unit promise unbelievable views of the surrounding areas and the main area overlooking a popular watering hole.
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.
Day 1 - 4
Day 4 - 7
Day 7 - 10
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.