In the Sotho language, Victoria Falls is known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, translated as “The Smoke that Thunders.” This name is stunningly appropriate, the roaring Zambezi River tumbling into a mist-filled chasm, sending clouds of condensation hundreds of meters into the air. Even from your lodge, 24 miles upriver, it’s possible to see the spray and hear the dramatic growl of the water. Matetsi Private Game Reserve has 17 miles of private river frontage and over 50,000 hectares of pristine wilderness. This safari oasis is within easy reach of the falls, yet fully surrounded by Zimbabwe’s four-legged wildlife.
You’re greeted at the airport and transferred to your river lodge, the only accommodation within the reserve. Safari is private here, and you watch animals directly from your river-facing suite; hippos quarreling, baboons playing, zebras grazing, and buffalos wandering as you dip into the private plunge pool on your verandah. There’s also a fabulous circular bath that looks out over the Zambezi, a lazy space for recovering from the flight. Your stay is flexible, and a variety of activities are included, dependent on your energy levels. Twice-daily game drives introduce the big game safari experience while sunrise and sunset boat cruises offer opportunities to explore the wilderness at a very relaxed pace. Walking safaris and canoeing are additional options.
Day 4 - 5