The brand new &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge has opened near Victoria Falls, following an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment.
Situated on a 50,000 hectare private wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, the lodge is set to provide the most luxurious accommodation and most unique wildlife experiences in the area.
&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge consists of two camps of nine suites each, including a family suite at each camp.
Highlighting the area’s cultural heritage, Matetsi is decorated with traditional abstract carvings of wood and stone and features a strong copper theme in homage to the mineral riches of the region.
The lodge boasts a state-of-the-art gym, as well as a massage sala and conference facility.
A 20-meter-long rim flow swimming pool stretches along the river’s bank.
A sole-use private villa, &Beyond Matetsi River House, adds exclusive accommodation for private groups of up to eight.
The four-bedroom villa boasts its own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a private veranda overlooking the Zambezi, a swimming pool and its own fire pit.
It comes with a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler.
Located on one of the largest wildlife concessions in the area and boasting extensive river frontage, &Beyond Matetsi offers the most rich and exclusive game viewing experience in Victoria Falls.
The wildlife population has also benefitted from increased security efforts, with both armed National Parks staff and privately sourced employees being utilised for anti-poaching patrols.
The meticulous land management means guests are in for exceptional game viewing on drives led by highly trained &Beyond guides, including consistent sightings of zebra, giraffe and buffalo, as well as the big herds of elephant that Matetsi is justly renowned for.
“Having originally been involved in the conversion of the Matetsi concession from wildlife hunting to photographic safaris, we are very excited to be re-launching Matetsi to the world,” said Joss Kent, &Beyond chief executive.
“Not only does this well-loved reserve offer an outstanding guest experience for its stunning location on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, but it also allows them the opportunity to tour the world-famous Victoria Falls in true &Beyond style, using our own vehicles and guides.
“The lodge itself will without question also set a new standard in Zimbabwe and at Victoria Falls.”