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Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge
Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge

17°51’53.7"S 25°30’3.1"E

Matetsi River Lodge: Information from the owner

General information

No. of rooms
Check-in time
12h00 – 14h00
Check-out time

About this information

All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.

For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Matetsi River Lodge, which contains our own observations and views.

Last updated by Owner
10 Apr 2024
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Facilities at Matetsi River Lodge

Property facilities
Activity Desk, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Business Centre, Eco Friendly, Gym, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Spa, TV Room
Room facilities
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Heater, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Plunge Pool, Private Pool / Jacuzzi, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Activities on site
Bird Watching, Boating, Catch-and-release Fishing, Fine Dining, Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Viewing Hide, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, Helicopter Scenic Flights, High Tea, Massages, Night Drives, Safaris, Scenic Flights, Walks (Guided), Wildlife Tours
Nearby activities
Adrenaline Activities, Animal Encounters, Big 5, Bird Watching, Boat Cruises, Boating, Catch-and-release Fishing, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Fine Dining, Fishing, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Garden Tours, General Sightseeing, Golf, Helicopter Rides, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Historical Tours, Horse Riding, Horse-back Safaris, Kayaking / Paddling, Massages, Mountain Biking, Natural History Tours, Quad Biking, River Cruises, Safaris, Scenic Flights, Sky Diving, Walks (Guided), Walks (Self Guided), Wildlife Tours, Wine Tasting

Room types at Matetsi River Lodge

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River House Exclusive-Use Villa

For those in search of the ultimate in seclusion and privacy, there’s River House – an exclusive-use, four-bedroom villa that is ideal for a large group, family or trans-generational group travelling together. River House is equipped with every luxury necessary in the bush from a full kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining areas that lead out to a spacious veranda with a private swimming pool and fire pit bowl. River House also comes with the dedicated services of a private chef, butler, guide as well as a dedicated game drive vehicle.


• 4-bedrooms

• Fully kitted kitchen for guests’ sole use

• Open-plan indoor and outdoor dining areas overlooking the river

• Air-conditioning throughout as well as sumptuous mosquito nets over the four-poster beds

• En-suite bathrooms complete with generous baths and indoor and outdoor showers

• Indoor fireplace and outdoor fire bowl

• Sole use of the private pool that overlooks the river

• Dedicated guide, tracker and private safari vehicle for duration of your stay

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River Lodge Family Suite(s)

Matetsi Victoria Falls is an excellent destination for large family groups travelling together. Laid out as two intimate East and West river-facing camps, each camp comprises nine suites each with two generous family suites per camp.

Offering the same facilities as the River Lodge suites, the River Lodge Family Suites comprise an adult’s suite with an adjoining passageway to a children’s room via a secure courtyard. The adjoining room sleeps two children in twin beds. Each family suite comprises a main suite with a King-Size bed, a generous bathroom with an indoor and outdoor rain shower as well as a private plunge pool and deck. Each suite is perfectly appointed for views of the Zambezi River and set beneath the canopies of a riverine forest on a 15km stretch of private river frontage.

• Spacious, air-conditioned suite
• King-sized bed and twin beds Children’s room connected via passageway
• Generous en-suite bathrooms complete with indoor and outdoor showers
• Private plunge pools and deck
• Set beneath trees with views of the Zambezi River
• Use of both indoor and outdoor dining spaces
• Boma dining area for traditional meals
• Use of alfresco lounge areas
• In addition to private plunge pool, use of 20m lap pool that flanks the river
• Use of fitness studio
• Use of massage sala
• Use of library, boardroom and owner’s private wine cellar
• Exclusive shopping boutique
• In-room iPad for guests use
• In-room Bluetooth speakers
• Complimentary laundry service
• Complimentary in-lodge and in-room WiFi
• Luxury Safari Vehicle

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River Lodge Suite(s)

Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River with 15km of private river frontage, Matetsi Victoria Falls is located just 40km upstream from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Victoria Falls. Set beneath the thick canopies of a vast riverine forest, River Lodge comprises two intimate river-facing camps consisting of nine suites each, of which two are family suites. Here generosity of space and absolute privacy are a given, with a bold sequence of architectural spaces and contemporary interiors defined by an earthy yet sophisticated mix of textured latte screens, contemporary blonde basketry, warm tactile wood and the lustre of copper.

All suites are air-conditioned and come with sumptuous King-size four-poster beds, generous bathtubs, indoor and outdoor rain showers as well as a private plunge pool and deck. Each suite is perfectly appointed so as to capitalize on the lodge’s 15km’s private river frontage.

• Spacious, air-conditioned suite
• King-sized bed
• Generous en-suite bathroom complete with indoor and outdoor showers
• Private plunge pool and deck
• Use of both indoor and outdoor dining spaces
• Boma dining area for traditional meals
• Use of alfresco lounge areas
• In addition to private plunge pool, use of 20m lap pool that flanks the river
• Use of fitness studio
• Use of massage sala
• Use of library, boardroom and owner’s private wine cellar
• Exclusive shopping boutique
• In-room iPad for guests use
• In-room Bluetooth speakers
• Complimentary laundry service
• Complimentary in-lodge and in-room WiFi
• Luxury Safari Vehicle

Activities at Matetsi River Lodge

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Exclusive Zambezi River Boat Cruises

At Matetsi Victoria Falls, you will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive riverboat cruise and canoeing excursion along our private 15 km stretch of the Zambezi River.

Take in the marvels of this spectacular wilderness sanctuary complete with resident hippos, crocodiles and nearly 700 species of fish, not to mention many species of water birds. This is your chance to make the most of some excellent photographic opportunities too, from the vantage point of the water where you will see large herds of elephant, buck, wildebeest (gnu) and buffalo come down to drink.

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Game Drives, Safaris

Matetsi Private Game Reserve offers the most exclusive game viewing experience in the Victoria Falls area. Here, surrounded by flourishing wilderness, phenomenal highlights include sightings such as massive herds of elephant and buffalo as well as the rare and majestic sable antelope. The reserve is also home to lion, spotted hyena, African wild dog and leopard.

Twice-daily game drives in the privacy of the concession are conducted in custom-fitted, luxury open-air safari vehicles in the early morning and late afternoon, accompanied by a knowledgeable, conservation-minded ranger and a tracker.

Game drives are a seminal safari moment in the bush. Whether you’re heading out at dawn or sunset, prepare to recalibrate your senses to the sounds, sights and spectacles of the bush. It may be that you get up close and personal to a pride of lion as they devour the remnants of their night’s kill or watch in awe as an early morning posse of elephant make their way down to the nearest watering hole amidst a chorus birdsong, grunts and scuffling dust. Chances are you’ll come with us as we track one of Matetsi’s established pack of wild dogs and experience their high-pitched keening as they hit the scent of prey. All this and more awaits you at Matetsi Victoria Falls.

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Interpretative Bush Walks

An interpretive bush walk, led by a professional ranger, is an absolute must for those looking to get even closer to the incredible wilderness of the reserve. This adventure-filled activity allows guests to learn more about the intricacies of the African bush, with the thrilling opportunity to get up-close-and-personal to its inhabitants, from small to large. A walking safari is truly a feast for the senses!

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A unique blend of aromatherapy and plant oils chosen specifically by you, combining deep tissue massage techniques to bring relaxation to tired, aching muscles allowing the body and soul to return to perfect equilibrium. Choose from a blend of aromatherapy oils to either destress, hydrate, relax or detox. A full Spa Massage Menu is available for download

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Matetsi Victoria Falls Experiences

In-house activities and amenities

Here, every day is tailored to you, whether you’re seeking adventure or a restorative retreat. At Matetsi Victoria Falls, our superb five-star services are rivalled only by the spectacular natural wonders that surround us. And our highly trained, knowledgeable guides are on hand to accompany you as you explore Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s 55,000 hectares of protected and unspoilt wilderness.

Whatever your preference, be it on foot, game vehicle, boat or helicopter, you will be amazed and rewarded by the abundance and diversity of this wilderness frontier. Ask about our night game drives, canoeing trips, sunset cruises and fishing expeditions on the mighty Zambezi.

For those less energetically inclined, a massage in our outdoor spa or a visit to the owner’s well-stocked private wine cellar where you can view his personal collection of vintage toy train, car and army collections will not disappoint.

• Zambezi River Boat Cruises
• Morning and evening game drives
• Night game drives
• Full day game drives
• Birdwatching
• Walking safaris
• Amateur fishing
• Professional fishing•
• Children’s activities and childminders*
• Massages•

•Activities at an additional cost

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Scenic flight over Victoria Falls

Spoil your guests with an unforgettable helicopter flip over the Victoria Falls. The legendary "Flight of Angels" provides spectacular photographic opportunities that also incorporates a spot of game viewing.

Departure is from the Victoria Falls Day Activity Centre and between 08h00 and 18h00.
Guests must be at the Helipad 30 minutes before their booked departure time.
Alternatively guests can experience this activity with a direct helicopter transfer from Matetsi Private Game Reserve.

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Tour of the Falls

Guests will have the opportunity to discover the many facets of the magnificent Victoria Falls, the biggest falling curtain of water in the world on this exceptional excursion. They can explore the surrounding rain forest in the company of a guide who is intimately acquainted with the history of the Falls, as well as its flora, fauna, bird and wildlife.

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Victoria Falls Area Adventures

Victoria Falls Area Excursions
Bespoke excursions including helicopter flights, guided cultural tours, adrenaline activities and many more activities are available. All transport arrangements and services are managed and monitored by Matetsi Victoria Falls to maintain premium standards.

• Tour of the Falls*
• Helicoper flights over the Falls
• High Tea overlooking the Falls
• Whitewater rafting
• Bungee jumping
• Gorge swing
• Zipline
• Canopy Tour
• Microlight Flight
• Horseback safaris
• Community excursions
• Curio shopping

*Complimentary scheduled guided tour of Victoria Falls is offered to Matetsi Victoria Falls guests.

External activities can be pre-booked through our reservations office.

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