Matetsi, Victoria Falls

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stamp3Why photographers love Matetsi

The lodge which lies 4o kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls on the road to Kasane in a private game reserve of 50 000 hectares unfenced from Chobe and Hwange Game Reserves. Aside from being a great wilderness, river frontage, its also an excellent base from which to explore Victoria Falls National Park and Victoria Falls. While in the area, photographers might enjoy an aerial photography excursion over the Falls.

How we rate Matetsi

Wildlife  starstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstarstar
Lodge & Dining  starstarstarstarstar
Landscapes starstarstarstar

Matetsi at a glance

Matetsi River House is their exclusive use villa with 4 en suite air-conditioned bedrooms. It has a private butler, swimming pool, dining area and vehicles

Matetsi River Camp comprises two lodges which each have eight suites and one family suite. They have air condition, king sized beds, indoor and outdoor showers, private pools and views as well as butlers. has a private-veiwing deck, plunge pool and lounge.

The camp offers massage, indoor and outdoor diving, excellent dining and all you could wish for.

The concession

The Elephant Camp is on a private concession of 55 000 hectares and its holds a key position withing the KAZA Transfrontier Park. This is the largest transfrontier conservation area including 5 countries. The reserve is expertly managed and has solar powered boreholes that attract a great amount of game.  We went on a short game drive during our one night stay. Wild dogs had beaten us to the open areas so there was not much game had stuck around, but from the tracks of lions, dogs and leopards there is clearly great potential especially at the waterholes.

The seasons

The Zimbabwean side is always good for Victoria Falls; during the dry season, from August onwards, it’s better to be at the Zimbabwean. Chances of seeing game is highest during the dry season, June to October. Wet summers (November to April) bring migrant birds, lush vegetation and more water going over Victoria Falls. More water is not necessarily a good thing–lots of water means lots of spray that can obscure views. October and November can be very hot.

What it costs

Rates are available from Photos and Africa. Access is by flight to Victoria Falls Airport or Kasane.

Photographers need to know

The camp offers boat cruises, canoeing, morning and evening game drives as well as walking safaris. While in the area consider a helicopter flight over the falls but do enjoy the reserve which has amazing opportunities.

The good news

Matetsi is a family owned by the Gardiner family. We think family owned businesses are great. The camp was previously run by AndBeyond and has great credentials.