andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge lies in a private reserve 40 km (25 miles) upstream of Victoria Falls. Two camps, each with nine suites (including a family suite), stretch out along the bank of the Zambezi River. Suite interiors are light and airy with a simple elegance and contemporary feel. Enjoy game drives in Matetsi Reserve, sundowner cruises on the Zambezi and daytrips to Victoria Falls. National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’, and ‘Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2017’.
Accommodation in Zimbabwe
Despite its politics, Zimbabwe is a safe and friendly country. While Victoria Falls is the country’s biggest drawcard, Zimbabwe is also one of Southern Africa’s most rewarding big game safari destinations. It borders Zambia and South Africa, so it’s easily accessible, and an all year-round destination with short, mild winters and long, warm summers. Besides the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is home to green gems like Lake Kariba, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools and Matopos National Park. A journey here will show you wide expanses, dramatic landscapes, and diverse wildlife – each different depending on what park you visit. Not only is Zimbabwe a great place to spot the Big Five, it’s also got a rich culture, World Heritage-listed archaeological spots, and natural wonders.
Hwange Walking Safari
This adventurous walking safari allows guests to get a real feel for Africa by getting their feet on the ground for a genuine trail experience. Set in one of the best areas for wildlife in Hwange, the Exploration offers a fabulous walking trail experience combined with roaming further afield by…
Ilala Lodge lies a short walk from the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls. This lovely hotel has 56 rooms in three wings. Stay on the upper tier in the West Wind or Pool Wing and, when the Zambezi River is in full flood, you can sit on your balcony and gaze out at the spray rising up from the falls. Since Ilala borders the national park, it’s not unusual to see warthog grazing the neatly cropped lawns. The hotel’s restaurant is one of the best in the area, and serves delicious á la carte breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Kanga Camp overlooks a pan in a wild and remote region of Mana Pools National Park. This comfortable camp has six tents, each with a small private deck and outdoor shower. During the dry season the pan is the only source of water for miles around, so you can settle in on the main deck and watch as the wildlife to come to you.
Linkwasha Camp is situated on a private concession in Hwange National Park. The camp lies near the famed Ngamo Plains, overlooking a pan that is a magnet for wildlife in the dry season. The fresh and airy design of the camp offers uninterrupted views of the waterhole, while the main area includes various multi-level decks, and a cosy winter lounge complete with fireplace and library.
Little Makalolo Camp
One of the few safari camps set within the game-rich Hwange National Park, Little Makalolo Camp has only six en-suite rooms set around a busy waterhole. Experience an exclusive wildlife safari at this luxury camp while enjoying facilities such as a swimming pool and outstanding dining options. Activities offered include guided game drives and nature walks through a landscape that’s home to impressive herds of elephant and buffalo, prides of lion, leopard and prolific birdlife.
Ruckomechi Camp is situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park. It’s 10 spacious en-suite safari tents, which include 2 family units. Overlooking the Zambezi River, the camp is set under ana trees that are frequented by elephants who love the rich nutritious seeds. The camp has a unique outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded spot, as well as a “star bed”. The central dining, bar and lounge areas face the majestic escarpment across the river in Zambia. There is a separate area with a pool and sun loungers, and an inviting fire deck for evenings under the starry skies. Wildlife viewing takes place in open 4×4 vehicles, on foot, on motorised pontoon boats or on canoes.
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, an area known as the land of the giants because of its big herds of elephant. Tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal floodplain, Somalisa consists of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents. Each tent has a wood-burner fireplace for the chilly evenings, an overhead fan, and an en suite bathroom with both an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub.
The Elephant Camp
Situated on a private concession within The Victoria Falls National Park and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges that separate Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Elephant Camp is a luxury lodge with 12 suites under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities.
A classic award-winning safari destination, The Hide offers a unique bush experience in luxury tented suites that are spacious with contemporary comforts. Watch processions of game including elephant and giraffe head to the waterhole from the comfort of your private veranda. Or bathe at night under the African stars and, in the day, explore the area accompanied by dedicated rangers.
Victoria Falls Hotel
Known as the “Grand Old Lady of The Falls, the Victoria Falls Hotel has a 110-year history of hosting royal families, statesmen and celebrities. Wide lawns lead to views of the famous railway bridge and the spray rising up from thundering Victoria Falls, which lies just a 10-minute walk away. This unbeatable location is matched by gracious service and old-world charm: high teas on Stanley’s Terrace, fine dining and dancing in the Livingstone Room, and luxurious accommodation in one of the “Leading Hotels of the World”.
Victoria Falls River Lodge
You can see the Victoria Falls’ spray in the distance! Victoria Falls River Lodge is perfect if you want to be in the quaint Victoria Falls town but also close to Hwange National Park and the border of Zambia. It has 13 luxury tents set up right on the mighty Zambezi. Each tent is super spacious with light and airy interiors, modern styling, own viewing deck and sitting area.
Victoria Falls Safari Club
Victoria Falls Safari Club lies 4km upstream of the Falls, facing out over a waterhole where elephant often gather. The 20-room Club sits on the grounds of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, but is set away from the larger lodge. Choose between comfortable rooms or suites each with butler-style service, a complementary minibar and free hourly shuttle to Victoria Falls and the bustling town. In the evening sundowners and nibbles are served, and you can then stroll across to the main lodge and popular Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant.