Experience all the wonders of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, all rolled into one unforgettable journey. The complete package, this journey takes you through Southern Africa’s wildest mysteries. From the dramatic Victoria Falls to the watery paradise of the Okavango Delta, you’ll be in awe of Mother Nature’s intricacies and nuances.
At the properties we’ve selected for you, you will have access to the finest modern African design and artwork by the most compelling talents in Southern Africa, as well as spa credit at both properties. You also have the flexibility of choosing between a shorter 5-night combo, including two nights at Xigera Safari Lodge and three nights at Matetsi Victoria Falls, or the extended 7-night combo, including three nights at Xigera Safari Lodge and four nights at Matetsi Victoria Falls.
Subject to availability, you can also add a life-changing sleep-out in a three-story baobab treehouse in the Okavango Delta to your itinerary and a helicopter ‘Flight of the Angels’ over Victoria Falls.
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.
In the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve, with exclusive access to the mysterious Delta wetland paradise, Xigera Safari Lodge is in the ideal setting to experience Botswana’s wildlife. Raised wooden walkways and luxury suites give you an elevated view of the Papyrus-fringed swamps and watery tendrils of the Delta. Here you don’t even have to leave your room to see the many wildlife species playing, hunting, sipping, and feasting in their wetland. The sky is also a flurry of activity with varying birdlife to the delight of any birding or photography enthusiast.
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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.