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Matetsi Victoria Falls

Matetsi Private Game Reserve Zambezi River, Victoria Falls 4001 Zimbabwe
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#3 of 24 hotels in Victoria Falls
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5.0
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4.9
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4.9
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5-Star rated Matetsi Victoria Falls on the pristine 55 000 hectare Matetsi Private Game Reserve, offers a safari oasis that combines an exceptional wildlife experience and 15km (9.3 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to the majestic Victoria Falls. Matetsi Private Game Reserve pays homage to the wonderfully rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe by showcasing a vibrant theme of wood and copper, the “red gold” of the country’s historical mining industry, throughout the spectacular interiors of Matetsi River Lodge and Matetsi River House. Splashes of bright blue remind guests of the rushing waters of the Zambezi River. Guests staying at Matetsi River Lodge and Matetsi River House have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive Boutique, a fitness studio, massage sala and boardroom. A 20 meter long, rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the riverbank, while an exclusive wine cellar boasts eye-level views of the Zambezi River.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Boating
Fishing
Kids club
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Highchairs available
Free airport transportation
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
Laundry service
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
Bath / shower
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River View
Languages Spoken
English

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Matetsi Private Game Reserve Zambezi River, Victoria Falls 4001 Zimbabwe
Matetsi Victoria Falls
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Victoria Falls Airport
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Livingstone Airport
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jolulop wrote a review Feb 13
Zaragoza, Spain20 contributions14 helpful votes
My daughter's jewelry disappeared in the last night before departure and we did not recover it. We made a complaint and the hotel management did not bother in answering us. They even did not accept that the robbery had happened. A place to avoid at all costs.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Lynn T wrote a review Jan 2024
San Mateo, California23 contributions43 helpful votes
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The Matetsi is surprisingly chic in the middle of a private game reserve. Upon arrival, we were seated and given fresh drinks in the open air living room of the lobby area. The rooms were massive and very well appointed. We went on game drives each day and saw so many animals and babies! One day, a hippo was grazing outside our room! The next day a family of warthogs ran past. This is a very immersive, outstanding hotel with staff members who are gracious and welcoming. A five star experience!!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear lynnt179, we are delighted to hear that you so enjoyed your time here in our pocket of paradise. Thank you for sharing your experiences on Tripadvisor - feedback like this really means so much to our whole team. We loved reading about your immersive experience with a hippo outside your suite and warthogs running by! Matetsi Magic moments! We hope to welcome you back to the banks of the Zambezi river one of these days. Warmest regards from Zimbabwe, Sara & your Matetsi family
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ap wrote a review Nov 2023
Los Angeles, California52 contributions102 helpful votes
Loved our time at Matetsi, and could have stayed longer. River view cabins are so comfortable and well appointed, we haven't slept that well in a year. We loved the morning coffee delivery, and sitting out on the river watching baboons in the trees, gazelles and even an elephant passing by at day break. If you love elephants, this reserve will be a dream. We saw literal hundreds on our game drives and river boat. We generally have managed expectations about food at game reserves, but the food at Matetsi was truly delicious. Guides and trackers were awesome and knowledgeable, and the camp and staff go out of their way to provide a lovely experience.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Sara Gardiner, Owner at Matetsi Victoria Falls
Responded Dec 31, 2023
Dear Amy, we are delighted to hear that you so enjoyed your time here in our pocket of paradise. Thank you for taing the time to share your experiences on Tripadvisor. Feedback like this really means the world to our whole Matetsi Family - from our chefs in the kitchen to our camp staff and guiding team. We hope welcome you back to the banks of the Zambezi river one of the days. Warmest regards from Zimbabwe, Sara & your Matetsi family
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kf4321 wrote a review Oct 2023
Cleveland, Ohio11 contributions8 helpful votes
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Andie and the entire team made us feel welcome the moment we arrived. Our bush drives were memorable, the food was out of this world, the staff accommodated any request and the views outstanding. Our group took advantage of spa treatments, a visit to a local village, a tour of Victoria falls, ziplining, bush breakfasts, dinners under the stars, fishing, sunset cruise, plunges into our pool and of course our bush drives. Thanks to the entire staff for a truly memorable bucket-list visit!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Dec 31, 2023
Thank you so much for sharing this stellar review here on Tripadvisor. It means so much to Andie and our whole Matetsi family to know that we have created such special memories for you and your group. We are delighted that you had the opportunity to experience so many of the elements that make Matetsi Magic! And we absolutely love the photos you've posted - from bush dining to exciting wildlife encouters - so many memorable moments from Matetsi Private Game Reserve! Thank you again. Warmest regards from the banks of the Zambezi river, Sara & your Matetsi family
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JFitz888 wrote a review Oct 2023
London10 contributions7 helpful votes
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Amazing place. The rooms are beyond wonderful, so comfortable and beautifully interior-designed. We also loved having our small plunge pool for the room but using the lap pool to get some exercise. Amazing wildlife and really charming staff. We were looked after by Andi who was always happy and helpful and really made our stay spectacular. The food and wine and lots of cocktails were much enjoyed by us all. We also loved the fishing and boat trips and had a great day at Victoria Falls.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded Dec 31, 2023
Dear JFitz888, thank you so much for sharing your spectacular experiences and photos here on Tripadvisor. Andi and our whole Matetsi Family really appreciate your kind words. We absolutely love creating Matetsi Magic moments for our guests - and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed so much of what we have to offer from the pools, to the wildlife and hospitality. Wishing you all the best from the banks of the Zambezi River, Sara & your Matetsi family
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Dorian G wrote a review Oct 2023
Scarsdale, New York15 contributions10 helpful votes
This was truly an amazing experience. The game drives were excellent thanks to our guide , Mike and our tracker, Priority! We saw numerous water buffalo, elephants, impala and baboons and even an aardwolf on our night drive. Jeeps were very comfortable with heated pillows for the morning drives. Animals roam freely including up to your personal plunge pool. We needed to be escorted during the night hours which added a level of excitement to the experience. Included Zambezi River cruise was available just a short drive from our room complete with "Sundown Cocktails ". Priority makes great Gin and Tonics. Proximity to the falls was the reason for our stay but it was a very unique game park with lots of surprises.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Room Tip: Room #1-5 are close to dining room although others are closest to pool and gym.
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Responded Dec 31, 2023
Dear Dorian, that photo of Mike and Priority puts such big smiles on our faces! We are thrilled that you had such an amazing time here at Matetsi Victoria Falls, and really appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences. We love being able to offer a combination of Victoria Falls, river and safari and are delighted that your enjoyed each of these aspects that make Matetsi Magic. Best wishes, Sara & your Matetsi family
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Phishgirl75 wrote a review Oct 2023
Princeton, New Jersey32 contributions50 helpful votes
Where do I even begin to summarize our time at Matetsi? I will start with the very end - I never cry when leaving a holiday spot, but our departing goodbyes with the Matetsi staff had me wiping away tears. There are so many incredible qualities about Matetsi - but the most incredible one is the PEOPLE!! We have never felt more welcomed, and cared for. Suko and Floyd took such good care of us during our meals and beyond, remembering all our little preferences and showing true happiness seeing us happy and laughing. Mike and Doubt were a super knowledgeable and skilled Ranger and Tracker team - finding all the creatures big and small, day and night. Musa took us on an excellent tour of Vic Falls, answering our many questions not only about the Falls, but also about Zimbabwe. Yvonne and Belinda, Felix and Tau, Jackie, Brave - and all the Patrol team, all the staff were simply wonderful - kept is safe, happy, relaxed and comfortable. The accommodations were comfortable and luxurious. And the wildlife is so prevalent, you don’t even need to leave your suite to see - close up - elephants, baboons, warthogs, impala, birds and hippos poking out of the water. The sounds are equally exciting. We were lucky enough to be staying when Matetsi prepared a dinner in the bush for its guests. WOW - it was a spectacular atmosphere with lantern chandeliers hanging from a giant tree, tables in a circle, fire pits all around, and a wonderful musician playing the mbira (a kalimba-like instrument). Also, a special shout out to the chef and staff in the kitchen - the food is PHENOMENAL. We were positively blown away by every meal. No matter what the menu selections were, there was always something we really wanted to try - the variety and offerings were excellent. And the tastes were incredible. I should note too that the presentation was so beautiful, with such attention to detail. Each and every meal was a culinary delight. We arrived on my birthday and I was presented with the most beautiful birthday cake I have ever seen - and the staff sang to me too which was so special. In addition to this review, I’ll be promoting a trip to Zimbabwe’s Matetsi to everyone I can at home!! It was such a special experience, we will hold the memories and people close to our hearts forever.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 3, 2023
Dear Jane E F, thank you for sharing your experiences here on Tripadvisor (I was wiping away tears as I read your review). I cannot express how much this means to our whole Matetsi family and the individuals you've named in particular - I have shared it with as well as with Pardon who plays Mbira and our senior pastry chef, Susan. We are so grateful to have been able to welcome you to our pocket of paradise and create these Matetsi Magic moments for you. Thank you for being an ambassador for us! Warmest regards from Zimbabwe, Sara & your Matetsi family
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Fi_B111 wrote a review Aug 2023
Sydney, Australia149 contributions100 helpful votes
This is one of those "heaven on earth" places. Sublime. Stunning accommodation, delicious food, excellent staff, the walking safari was particularly enjoyable with excellent guides. We loved the tour of the Victoria Falls, followed by high tea at the Victoria Falls hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Dear Fi_B111, thank you for sharing these kind words here on Tripadvisor. Feedback like this means the world to our whole Matetsi Family. We love creating Matetsi Magic moments for our guests - and are delighted to hear that you enjoyed so much of what we have to offer including the walking safari. We hope to welcome you back one of the days. Warmest regards from Zimbabwe, Sara & your Matetsi family
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Scarrmaker wrote a review Jul 2023
Austin, Texas30 contributions32 helpful votes
Victoria Falls is a bucket-list site, and Matetsi Victoria Falls provided the perfect way to experience it. Its location along the might Zambezi river is incomparable. The game drives were fantastic and informative. The Vic Falls experience including helicopter viewing were amazing! But the service is the standout reason to stay at this lodge...the people were wonderful.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Responded Jul 18, 2023
Dear Scarrmaker, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience here on Tripadvisor. We are so glad you've had an opportunity to visit our pocket or paradise and especially to experience our warm authentic Zimbabwean hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you back one of these days! Warmest regards, Sara and your Matetsi family
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Allen M wrote a review Jun 2023
14 contributions7 helpful votes
We traveled as a family of five to Southern Africa and Matetsi was our first lodge stay. What a way to kick off our Africa adventure. The safaris, sunset river cruise, visit to Victoria Falls and the market and our Village experience were all amazing. This coupled with the great food, warm hospitality and great rooms on the incredible Zambezi River made for a truly special and memorable stay. Special thanks to Ophious, Gift, Caroline, Johnson, Obie, Future, Romeo and Owen for all you did. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. We hope to return one day to re-capture that Matetsi magic!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded Jun 28, 2023
Dear Allen, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review here on Tripadvisor. It means so much to our whole team - especially to Ophious, Gift, Caroline, Johnson, Obie, Future, Romeo and Owen! We are thrilled to hear that you and your family had such fun in our beautiful part of the world, and we look forward to welcoming you back! Warmest regards, Sara & your Matetsi family
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$2,021 - $2,035 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceVictoria Falls
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Matetsi Victoria Falls
What are some of the property amenities at Matetsi Victoria Falls?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Matetsi Victoria Falls?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at Matetsi Victoria Falls?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Matetsi Victoria Falls?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Matetsi Victoria Falls?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Matetsi Victoria Falls have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Matetsi Victoria Falls have airport transportation?
Yes, Matetsi Victoria Falls offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Matetsi Victoria Falls have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is Matetsi Victoria Falls accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.