Taking your family to explore the best Africa has to offer, from the mighty Victoria Falls to the wildlife-packed plains of the Sabi Sand, and ending it on a relaxing note on the powdery beaches of Mozambique.
Your adventure commences in the playground setting that is Victoria Falls, where the largest curtain of water plummets down to earth, mist billowing from below. With something for everyone, the entire family will be thoroughly in awe and entertained here before you move on to the safari heaven, Sabi Sand.
Watch the youngsters’ eyes grow as you explore Africa in all her unfiltered glory before ending the family holiday on a peaceful note on Mozambique’s sandy banks lapped with turquoise water.
At Matetsi Victoria Falls, it’s all about the small moments we like to refer to as Matesti Magic. A family holiday is one of the most magical gifts you can give, forever treasuring your time together.
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.
Sheltered by ancient 500-year-old ebony trees, the Londolozi Pioneer Camp is a legend in its own right. As your own private safari homestead, it merges the feeling of an authentic, immersive luxury with all the comforts of modern-day luxuries at your fingertips. The Pioneer Camp is ideal for multigenerational families, accommodating 6-12 people. It’s the most intimate family-run safari homestead in Southern Africa, with an explorer lounge, interactive kitchen, lookout deck, breakfast balcony, and full-length lap pool.
An island family holiday calls for accommodation right on the beach, complementing the experience. That’s why Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort will delight even the most discerning family member, with its opulent villas spoiling you with memorable ocean views. With a plethora of facilities and an onsite activity centre, you’ll be spoiled for choice and endlessly entertained. While the children are kept busy, unwind at the Anantara Spa while soaking in the 360-degree views of the Indian Ocean.
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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.