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Zimbabwe Safari

Matetsi Game Lodges

Matetsi Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

UPDATE: Matetsi Safari Camp is closed until further notice. Water Lodge remains open.
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Bordering the Zambezi River, Matetsi Game Reserve extends over 50,000 hectares in northwestern Zimbabwe, just 40 kilometres west of Victoria Falls and en route to the Kazangula border post in Botswana. Matetsi is the largest private game reserve in Zimbabwe. Matetsi consists of two separate and distinct lodges: Matetsi Water Lodge and Matetsi Safari Camp. With 15 kilometres of private Zambezi River frontage, Matetsi offers an unrivalled river experience and forms part of a huge wildlife paradise straddling two countries - Botswana and Zimbabwe. There are no fences to prevent animals moving between Chobe National Park and Matetsi. Although estimates vary, it is thought that between 30,000 and 50,000 Elephants live in this region. With its 15 kilometres of private Zambezi River frontage, Matetsi offers an unrivalled river experience. Matetsi Lodges are owned by CC Africa.

UPDATE: Matetsi Safari Camp is closed until further notice. Water Lodge remains open.

Accommodation            For images of Matetsi, click Matetsi Images
Matetsi Water Lodge comprises three separate, exclusive camps with six superior air-conditioned suites each. The vast teak doors of each of the 18 suites - even those of the en suite bathroom - swing open to command sweeping views of the broad river. Indoor and outdoor showers offer refreshing alternatives to a bath. Plunge pools on the private decks, shaded by Mangosteen and Waterberry trees, make for a truly indulgent experience. Guards accompany you to and from your suite at night. Each of the three camps is located on the riverbank under a canopy of sheltering trees. Central guest areas consist of lounge and covered dining areas overlooking the mighty Zambezi. A well-stocked curio shop is found at the main reception. The camp layout ensures privacy and intimacy in an idyllic setting.

UPDATE: Matetsi Safari Camp is closed until further notice. Water Lodge remains open.

Matetsi Safari Camp includes 12 superior, cream canvas suites which elevates luxury tented safaris to new heights, merging old-word charm with modern sophistication. The tents feature air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms with baths, showers and solid teak structures. Private decks overlook a waterhole, where herds of animals congregate during the dry season (May to October). The shared living spaces consist of a lounge and dining area and a curio shop is located in the reception. The lodge's watering hole is frequented by large numbers of plains game and elephant. You can view passing game at your leisure from the strategically located, large rim-flow swimming pool and spacious tree-shaded deck. The living spaces are kept deliciously cool by a dense canopy of huge teak trees. Guards accompany you to and from your tent at night.

At Matetsi, morning and afternoon riverboat cruises and guided canoe excursions are among the many delights that await you. Five canoes are able to take a maximum of ten guests on Matetsi's private river frontage. For bird-watchers, exploring this region is pure magic. Optional activities include a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the 103-metre Victoria Falls, which are just 40 kilometres away (about a half hour drive). A complimentary daily shuttle is available to guests. A host of adventure activities, from white-water rafting to walks in the rain forest on the lip of the Falls, can be arranged at your own cost.

The ever-changing moods of the Zambezi are a siren's call for today's explorers. You can make your way into Victoria Falls for heart-pounding white-water rafting or gentle boat cruises. There are tours of the Falls and surrounding areas, canoeing in the falls, sky-diving and horse riding. You can listen to a Marimba band and see traditional dancing, or enjoy the breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls ravine by light aircraft, helicopter or microlight. Adrenalin junkies can take the plunge and bungee jump off the bridge spanning the gorge below the Falls.

Activities at Matetsi include twice-daily game viewing drives in open Land Rovers, as well as exciting spotlit night drives. Sole use of a Land Rover may be requested for private game viewing.

The conservation area in which Matetsi is set incorporates Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in the south and Botswana's Chobe wilderness area to the west. It forms the single biggest rangeland for Africa's surviving herds of elephants, and is a rarity in that it is an open wildlife system rather than the more common pockets of fenced-off protected wilderness.

The conservation area in which Matetsi is set forms the single biggest rangeland for Africa's surviving elephants. When the marshes or vleis around Matetsi are dry, they attract a variety of grazing animals such as Sable antelope, Tsessebe, Reedbuck and the ubiquitous African Elephant and Buffalo. Warthog and Baboon are also found here. Large herbivores occurring in the woodlands include the rare Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Burchell's Zebra and the nocturnal Aardvark and Aardwolf. Lion, Spotted Hyena, Leopard and Cheetah, and occasionally Wild Dog, find conditions along river valleys to their liking. The almost completely nocturnal Caracal, Serval and African Wild Cat may be spotted at Matetsi. The Cape Clawless Otter feed on the abundant fish in the Zambezi.

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