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Review Summary


  • Intimate, idyllic setting on the Zambezi River
  • Large, one-bedroom suites with private plunge pools
  • Daily game drives
  • Exotic wildlife in the area
  • All rooms have river views and air-conditioning
  • Free shuttle to Victoria Falls


  • Can get buggy
  • Rooms don't have phones to contact the front desk
  • Wildlife makes it dangerous to walk alone at night

Bottom Line

Matetsi Water Lodge is located on a massive game reserve by the Zambezi River, about 40 minutes north of Victoria Falls. The lodge's 18 suites are intimate and surprisingly luxe -- each suite has its own plunge pool, patio, and a large bathroom with a separate shower and tub. The bedroom doors open onto to a river view.

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On the Matetsi Private Game Reserve

Map of Matetsi Water Lodge

On the Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Matetsi Water Lodge is on the banks of the Zambezi River.

The closest city, Victoria Falls, is about 40 minutes away. A daily shuttle brings guests to Victoria Falls to explore the town and visit the city's namesake, the largest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders. The area also features some shops and restaurants, as well as extreme sports such as white water rafting and bungee jumping. Those looking to avoid heart palpitations can opt for helicopter flights over the falls, or fishing. Slipping across the border to Zambia takes half an hour max -- just don't forget your passport!

  • 45-minute drive to Victoria Falls Airport
  • 40-minute drive to Victoria Falls
  • 35-minute drive to Livingstone, Zambia -- home to the Livingstone Museum and Mukuni Village

Rooms and Rates


Key Features
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Free Breakfast
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Zanzibar River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Phone 2 (711) 791-0519
Room Types
  • Suite

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