andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge: Plan Your Stay

Located in Matetsi Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

How to Get There

There are three airports that provide easy access to the region: Zimbabwe’s new Victoria Falls International Airport, Botswana’s Kasane Airport, or Zambia’s Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport. The lodge provides road transfers to and from the airport (at additional cost).

What to Expect

Health

Prior to departure, guests should seek medical advice for precautions against malaria. Medical services are available in the nearby town of Victoria Falls. Ticks can be found in Africa’s wilderness areas. To avoid getting bitten when going on bush walks, guests are advised to wear long trousers, socks, and boots. AndBeyond provides emergency evacuation insurance to all guests. Personal travel insurance is also recommended.

Visas

Most international visitors to Zimbabwe require a visa obtained upon arrival (payable in cash only). Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and have at least two consecutive blank visa pages.

Weather

andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge is open year-round but typically offers the best game viewing from March through September, when temperatures range from lows in the 60s (16-20˚C) at night to the 70s-early 80s (25-28˚) during the day. August to October is typically hot and dry, while November to March/April is the hot, wet season—though it’s worth noting that this distinction has more to do with the flow of the Zambezi than it does rainfall. In March and April, Victoria Falls are at their fullest and the spray can obstruct views from the ground. In November and early December, the low water levels can mean that parts of the falls dry up.

What to Bring

Dress is casual and neutral colors are recommended for wildlife viewing. Camouflage-patterned clothing is not permitted in Zimbabwe, and travelers should avoid bringing military-inspired clothing of any sort. Pack layers: early-morning and evening game drives can be quite cold. Long sleeves are recommended year-round for sun and mosquito protection. Safari clothing is available for purchase in the lodge’s shop.

Luggage should be packed in a soft duffel bag with no wheels or hard frame. The weight limit for Zimbabwe travel is a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms), including hand luggage. Be sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries for your camera, as they are not readily available in southern Africa. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are not permitted.

Suggested Packing List

  • Long and short-sleeved shirts
  • Shorts or a light skirt and jeans or safari trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Swim wear
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent, moisturizer, and lip balm
  • Sunglasses and a hat
  • Binoculars and camera equipment

Traveling with Family

Game drives are open to children ages 12 and older, while participation by kids ages 6-11 is up to the lodge manager’s discretion. Nature walks are limited to those over the age of 16. Kids five and under stay with an adult for free but cannot participate in lodge activities. Babysitting services are available at an added cost. The lodge’s two family suites are well-suited for families of four, while the separate, four-bedroom Matetsi River House is ideal for multi-generational groups.

andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge offers interactive activities for kids through the WILDChild program; activities include learning to make a fishing rod or baking biscuits with staff in the kitchen.

Note: The lodge grounds are open to wildlife, so children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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