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Matetsi Private Game Reserve Zambezi River, Victoria Falls 4001 Zimbabwe
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#4 of 26 hotels in Victoria Falls
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4.8
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5.0
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5.0
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4.9
Travelers' Choice
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
Canoeing
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
Fishing
Highchairs available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Manicure
Massage
Pedicure
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Dining area
Minibar
Extra long beds
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Interconnected rooms available
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Safe
Seating area
Separate dining area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
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Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Matetsi Private Game Reserve Zambezi River, Victoria Falls 4001 Zimbabwe
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Erin Magnuson wrote a review Aug 2022
Darien, Illinois2 contributions
The Matetsi spa is so worth the visit. I had a massage, facial and body wrap at the spa with Jackie. Amazing!! The best I’ve had in all my travels!! Be sure to ask for Jackie at Matetsi! She also does manicures and pedicures. She will also come to your room for treatments.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Erin, thank you! I shared this feedback directly with Jackie, and in her words “😊Wow this is lovely, thank you very much for the wonderful feedback 👏🏾🙏🏾”. Lovely to meet you on property. All the very best. Sara, Jackie and the Matetsi family
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Joan K wrote a review Jul 2022
Los Angeles, California79 contributions86 helpful votes
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Matetsi is truly a magical place - we so enjoyed every minute of our stay. ALL of the staff were exceptional and truly support each other as a family. I loved the efforts of the owners and staff to take care of this special game reserve and the animals. The rooms were unbelievable and having our own private plunge pool and super comfy sitting area right on the Zambezi River with hippos and elephants in sight was amazing. ALL of the meals were exceptional - our server for our stay - Ode - took such care of us. We felt very pampered! Each night the staff went out of their way to make the dinner special with tons of candles and fires - just gorgeous! But the night were were taken to a special bush dinner away from the hotel was unbelievable and breathtaking - I will never forget it. We also LOVED our game drives with Opheous and Doubt - they were fantastic and we saw so many animals in the gorgeous Matetsi setting. We learned so much! We also enjoyed our sunset cruise on the Zambezi and wonderful day trip to Victoria Falls with Tinashe. I highly encourage potential visitors to go to the website and listen to Dr. Gardiner talk about the family's vision for Matetsi and their wildlife conservation goals. Trip of a lifetime! We thoroughly enjoyed Matetsi!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Joan, I can’t tell you what your feedback means to us, especially to Obie, Ophious, Doubt and Tinashe! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this here on Tripadvisor. I’m a little lost for words to be honest. :) We love creating Matetsi Magic for our guests, and it truly means the world to us that this resonated with you. Warmest wishes from (Dr) Sara & your Matetsi family
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Anna wrote a review Aug 2022
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Everything at Matetsi was perfect. The staff was extraordinarily friendly and catered to our every need. The food was amazing and the location of the rooms inside the Matetsi part of the national park perfect for seeing animals in the wild. Game viewings were incredibly; we saw all Big 4 as well as other very rare animals, and our safari guides were knowledgable, approachable and kind, making game viewings a once in a lifetime experience. Little surprises such as gifts packets in our rooms and a dinner in the bush make the experience even more special.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Anna, we are so glad that you and your family have had a chance to visit Matetsi Victoria Falls, and we really appreciate that you took the time to share this “perfect” feedback on Tripadvisor. We are always striving to create exceptional guest experiences and words like yours really motivate us. Thank you! Sending warmest wishes from the banks of the Zambezi! Sara & the whole Matetsi family P.S. Delighted that you saw all of the Big 4 and more!! :)
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The Luxe Voyager wrote a review Aug 2022
Hong Kong, China354 contributions39 helpful votes
Hotel Rating: 10/10 - This highly acclaimed luxe safari lodge set on the banks of the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls has won multiple prestigious awards, including best lodge in Africa. Among the many top flight safari lodges in Victoria Falls, Matetsi would win my vote as the best safari lodge on the Zimbabwe side and one of the top safari lodges in the world. It offers spacious luxury pool suites in a spectacular riverfront location, warm personalized service delivered by an empowered staff, romantic riverside dining, and exceptional game drives on its own huge private game reserve - which sets it apart from the competition. Additional experiences include romantic sunset cruises on the Zambezi river as well as guided kayaking.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
THANK YOU for this great feedback, we really appreciate it. We know you’ve had a chance to experience many of the properties in this corner of the world so we truly value your rating, ranking and insights. Warmest regards from Sara & the Matetsi family. P.S. We love the photo of you by the lap pool!
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Sam wrote a review Aug 2022
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You cannot do better!!! Matetsi is just perfect in every way. Five stars all the way. Thank you so much to Sikeleli Travel for your exceptional booking expertise, we cannot recommend you highly enough for booking any travel anywhere!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you Sam! So so special to have you visit us. All the best! Sara & the Matetsi Family
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Alain wrote a review Aug 2022
Harare, Zimbabwe10 contributions15 helpful votes
Matetsi Lodge is simply fabulous. They could not have done more to make our stay there unforgettable. Absolutely everything was top class. The staff is incredibly good, the room was impeccable and the food was exquisite. The game drives and boat cruises were so good and the game viewing was fantastic. The cherry on the cake was the bush dinner. You simply cannot do better. Thank you to the whole Matetsi family.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Alain, we’re delighted that you’ve had a chance to visit us and experience the Matetsi Magic. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your “simply fabulous” feedback” here on Tripadvisor. We really appreciate it!! All the very best, Sara & the whole Matetsi family :)
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kalisilat wrote a review Aug 2022
Jackson, New Jersey271 contributions22 helpful votes
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I cannot say enough about my experience here. From the greeting every time you arrive back at the lodge with warm or cool towels to wash off the dust and great smiles to the amazing food that seems to just keep coming and coming. Sitting right on the Zambezi river is a gorgeous private setting within a game reserve that does not disappoint!! Hospitality at this lodge is unmatched and the personal touch is very much appreciated and noticed. Our guides Lance and Mike were extremely knowledgeable and professional. They were kind and friendly and always available to help or assist with any needs. Caroline is the most gracious, warm and welcoming host I have ever met. Always with a bright smile she ensured that everything went smoothly and that our stay was perfect. I hope she is there when I get a chance to return. Andie kept bringing us this wonderful supply of some of the most tasty food one could imagine while on safari. And then the evening feast they put together our last night was so unexpectedly awesome that our group couldn't stop talking about the experience. The chefs were consistently providing wonderful arrays of healthy flavors for all to enjoy. The sunset cruise is not to be missed. We did it twice and loved it each time. A canoe trip with Mongo(?) was so relaxing and peaceful and then at the end an experience with a small family of elephants could not have gone better. A walking safari with our walking guide, Orpheus, and Lance was extremely educational and a very personal way to encounter this environment. That ended and a quick drive to see a pride of lions was rather eye opening and watching the cubs play together and in a small bush was a treat. As I said this place was amazing and I would definitely return but add another night. Thank you for making the last few days of our Africa journey so memorable and amazing.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
We cannot say “thank you” enough for sharing this feedback here on Tripadvisor! It means a lot to Caroline, Andie, Lance, Mike, Ophious, Mengezo (Mango;) and our kitchen team especially. We are delighted that you were able to experience so many of the activities on offer and that you left Africa with such fond memories of Matetsi Magic. We look forward to welcoming you back for a little longer next time! Until then, stay well! Sara & your Matetsi family
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Sanem N wrote a review Jul 2022
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It was an astonishing experince. The location, activities, especially the staff are GREAT. Watch the river at sundown. Do the game at night and see the elephansts, lions, zebras, impalas. Do not forget to visit Victoria Falls. It was an astonishing experince.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Sanem, thank you for your very kind words and for sharing these photos of your wildlife sightings, that spectacular sunset and your bush dinner experience. We absolutely love creating these astonishing experiences for our guests! Best regards, Sara & the whole Matetsi family
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Katherine C wrote a review Jun 2022
New York City, New York14 contributions1 helpful vote
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Gorgeous property and outstanding hospitality. We loved our stay in this peaceful and awe-inspiring setting. Great wildlife viewing, lovely accommodations, and fantastically warm and helpful staff who made so many things possible in such a short stay.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear Katherine, thank you for this beautiful review! And for posting these great photos - I really love the one of your guiding team, Jonathan and Thabo. Very best regards from Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Sara & the whole Matetsi family
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drivinggirl wrote a review Jun 2022
Nj404 contributions172 helpful votes
Matetsi really has it all. Game drives, Zambezi River water activities ( we fished and enjoyed a sunset pontoon boat trip), tours of Victoria Falls (thanks Romeo and for the high tea at Victoria Falls hotel -fun to watch the warthogs running around), fitness center, spa and delicious food. The camp was designed to be rustic but still luxurious. Andy was caring and attentive in his care of our dining preferences and service, Jeffrey did a great job at our bungalow and Eddy, a manager, took over when things had gone a little awry upon our arrival and turned our stay into one we will always remember. Thanks to Lancelot for the casting lessons and the fishing trip. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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We are so glad that Eddy and the team were able to share the Matetsi Magic with you, and delighted to hear that you enjoyed you experiences here including fishing with Lancelot and your tour of the Falls with Romeo. Andy and Jeffrey absolutely love taking great care of our guests - and the special mentions here really mean a lot to them, and our whole team. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences on Tripadvisor. Warmest regards from the banks of the Zambezi River, Sara & your Matetsi family
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ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceVictoria Falls
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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.