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Matetsi River Lodge

Matetsi River Lodge 2017-05-15T14:52:28+00:00

Offering a unique combination of rich wildlife viewing and scenic Victoria Falls experiences, Matetsi River Lodge is set on a massive concession that boasts 15km (9 miles) of private Zambezi River frontage.

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Situated within 40 km (25 miles) of the Victoria Falls, the reserve’s unique location means that guests also have convenient and easy access to the magnificent sights and variety of adrenalin adventures available at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nestled on an exclusive stretch of the Zambezi River, &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge celebrates the region’s fascinating heritage with authentic features and effortlessly combines them with light and airy contemporary interiors. Designed to make the most of the reserve’s spectacular views, the lodge’s two camps, of just nine suites each, are complimented by tranquil guest areas.

At &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge life slows down to the majestic pace of the broad Zambezi River, whose waters run deep alongside two intimate camps, each with just nine river-facing suites and a family suite. Clad in an intricate woven pattern that calls to mind the country’s rich heritage, the cool and spacious suites boast contemporary interiors embellished with natural finishes, and decorated with abstract pieces of art created by a renowned local artist. Set in the deep shade of riverside trees, each camp has a dedicated guest area with sweeping views of the Zambezi.

Mouth-watering flavours are created in an interactive kitchen and served indoors or beneath a canopy of mangosteen and waterberry trees. Al fresco dining takes place next to the quiet murmur of the running waters, punctuated by a choir of frogs and the throaty chuckling of hippos, while fresh, African mornings are accented by the stirring cry of fish eagles. As the sun slips beneath the water, guests gather in the cosy bar area to swap stories of the day’s adventures.

Cool and tranquil, leisure hours are spent in the shared guest area, indulging in a soothing treatment in the massage sala or tasting the wide selection of wines in the extensive wine cellar. The more actively inclined can make their way to a well-equipped fitness centre or enjoy a lap in the 23 metre (76 foot) pool.

Activities

CRUISING ALONG THE ZAMBEZI RIVER

At Matetsi Private Game Reserve, you will be treated to an utterly exclusive riverboat cruise and canoeing excursion along a private stretch of the mighty Zambezi River. Cruise along the banks of the river, taking in the marvels of this spectacular sanctuary, which is home to the ‘laughing hippos’, ‘singing birds’ and the ‘snapping crocodiles’. Expect magnificent sightings of vast elephant herds coming down to the water to drink and indulge in excellent photographic opportunities.

EXCEPTIONAL GAME DRIVES

Matetsi Private Game Reserve offers the most exclusive game viewing experience in Victoria Falls. 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 an open air safari vehicle in the early morning and late afternoon, accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

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!

TOUR OF THE FALLS

During your stay at &Beyond Matetsi Private Game Reserve, you will have the unforgettable opportunity to embark on an interpretive tour of the Victoria Falls. This adventure departs at 13h30 from the lodge. Accompanied by an &Beyond guide, you will be introduced to the wonders of this renowned World Heritage Site, from exploring the beautiful paths around the Victoria Falls Park, and stopping to enjoy numerous photographic opportunities along the way, to visiting the Livingstone statue and learning about how the Falls were created. After your incredible exploration, you will be whisked away for a decadent afternoon of high tea at the renowned Victoria Fall Hotel.

Included in the rate for a minimum 2-night stay

BUNGI JUMPING AT VICTORIA FALLS

Guests can test their courage as they peer over the edge of the Victoria Falls Bridge, with nothing but a secure bungee cord tied around their ankles. As the countdown begins, guests should prepare themselves for an undeniably mind-blowing experience as they leap off the bridge and plummet 111 metres towards the mighty Zambezi River. The bridge is situated between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia, with the Victoria Falls as a backdrop.

Additional costs apply

GORGE SWING

Hold your breath or let it all out as you whoop for joy, this high wire adventure gives a new, fun-filled meaning to the phrase “hanging by a thread”. The giant swing swoops 120m above the waters of the Zambezi. Guests will thrill at the 70m free fall before the swing engages into a 95m long pendulum- type swing. Or take a friend down with you, side by side, hold on tight as you swing together in no-man’s-land Tandem Bridge Swing.

Additional costs apply

FLIGHT OF ANGELS

Spoil yourself with an unforgettable helicopter flip over the Victoria Falls. The legendary “Flight of Angels” provides spectacular photographic opportunities on a 13 minute or a 25 minute flight that also incorporates a spot of game viewing.

Additional costs apply

WHITE WATER RAFTING ON THE ZAMBEZI

Take on the mighty Zambezi River with the greatest white water rafting trip on the planet. The rapids on the Zambezi are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union (Grade 6 being commercially un-run-able)! Hang on for a wild ride as the mighty Zambezi carves its way through one of the great river corridors of the world. This is the domain of the Nyaminyami, the River God of the Tonga people, and is now the highway for exhilarating rafting adventures.

Additional costs apply

ZIPLINE

The Bridge Slide offers a remarkable opportunity of sheer fun in front of the falls. The slide begins on the Zambian bank of the gorge and ends on the Zimbabwean side of the bridge. As you slide from the gorge towards the bridge, you get an incredible view of the falls and the bridge. The 102 year “Grand ol’ Dame Bridge” is suspended between 2 countries and the only place in the world that you can get to slide in no-man’s land. Or take a friend down with you, side by side, hold on tight as you slide together in no-man’s-land Tandem Bridge Slide.

Additional costs apply

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