Fodor's Expert Review Matetsi Water Lodge

On southern banks of Zambezi River, 40 km (25 mi) upstream from Victoria Falls., Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe Fodor's Choice

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

About 25 mi upstream from Victoria Falls lies Matetsi Water Lodge, which is at the center of Matetsi Game Reserve, the largest private game reserve in Zimbabwe and the single biggest rangeland for Africa's surviving elephants. The camp has 12 tents and access to about 8 mi of the Zambezi River waterfront. The lodge employs local people and works with them on an ongoing project to catalog the traditional use of plants. Guided bush walks and game drives offer exclusive access to buffalo, kudu, sable antelope, and even the endangered wild dog. You can also have a special dinner in the bush, as prepared by the kitchen staff. The fact that there are no fences between Matetsi and bordering Botswana's Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta means that wildlife can roam freely across borders, which creates a rich sanctuary here for all manner of creatures.

PROS

  • superb personal butler service
  • 9 mi (15 km) of exclusive Zambezi waterfront that's bordered on both sides by unfenced national parks
  • interpretative wildlife experience with extensive information on fauna, flora, and history available for the telling by all the guides

CONS

  • 30 minutes from town

QUICK FACTS

Family
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 27–11-809–4314

HOTEL DETAILS

18 suites
Rate Includes: All-inclusive