River House Matetsi, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Why we love it
We keep finding ourselves back at Matetsi - It has that way of creeping under your skin. We think its the combination of truly special people working there, combined with complete seclusion in a wilderness situated away from the hub of Victoria Falls. Where else can you game drive, canoe and take a cruise on a stretch of this wonderful river without seeing anyone else? This luxurious villa is built to blend in to the bush and is all about outdoor living. The staff cannot do enough to make your stay memorable and to be sure, you will have tears in your eyes when you wave goodbye. This is truly a perfect place for a family or small group to gather.
What to expect
The house has 4 airconditioned bedrooms overlooking the river. It is built around it's own swimming pool and outdoor living area, and looks up an open stretch of river with it's resident family of hippos and some crocodiles sliding off the banks. Right next door to the villa is the gym, spa, library and training pool. The house comes with it's own butler, chef and game guide. Your days are entirely your own and the team there will make sure every need is met - and always with the warmest, widest smiles of true hospitality and authentic kindness.
What to do
At the lodge you can enjoy game drives and game walks, canoeing and sundowner cruises on the river. You can also try your hand at Tiger Fishing. Being on a private concession, you will not see any other vehicles or boats. A visit to Victoria Falls followed by high tea at the Vic Falls Hotel is a must. This is the adventure capital of Africa with white water rafting, helicopter rides, microlighting, gorge swings, jet boating, elephant walks and many other options on offer. One of my favourites is a visit to Livingstone Island for an exceptional view of the falls. Chobe Game Reserve is a one-hour drive away and offers exceptional game viewing.
Kids: Babysitters are always on hand and kids are most welcome and will love all the staff.
When to visit
Our favourite time for viewing the falls is March to May when the water is in full force and rises up in a plume that is visible for 30 kilometres. The dry season from May to October is the best time for rafting and at this time its possible to go onto Livingstone Island and view the falls from this wonderful vantage point. The dry season is best for game viewing and is cooler.
How to get there
The lodge is a forty minute drive from Victoria Falls and Livingstone airports. Guests coming or going to Botswana can also take a one hour road transfer to Kasane.