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The rainbows over the iconic Victoria Falls are a regular sight and only serve to magnify the beauty of this magical place.

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Huge herds of elephant roam freely across the Zambezi National Park and the adjoining Matetsi Private Game Reserve– an awe-inspiring sight indeed.

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Make magical memories as you canoe across this exclusive stretch of the Zambezi River at Matetsi River Lodge.

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The magnificent façade of the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel is steeped in stately colonial grandeur.

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Victoria Falls Hotel commands superb views over the Falls and of the brilliantly designed Victoria Falls Bridge – a jaw-dropping feat of engineering.

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The highly acclaimed and opulent Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel has a well-deserved reputation for serving up exquisite meals. 

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Cool off with a dip into the glistening and inviting riverside pool at Matetsi River Lodge with uninterrupted views of the wildlife coming to drink at the river beyond.

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Enjoy a magical moment with a candlelit meal for two overlooking the mesmerising Zambezi at Matetsi River Lodge.

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Time for a quick cuppa (and delicious homemade scones!) before heading out on a thrilling game drive at Matetsi River Lodge.

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Witness one of the greatest spectacles on Earth, Victoria Falls, during a stay at andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge, Zimbabwe.

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Squishy sofa, cold beer and a time to reflect on the excitement of a day’s game viewing with the great African sun setting in the background – doesn’t get much better than Matetsi River Lodge!

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A magnificent spot for a drinks stop, on safari at Matetsi River Lodge.

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Enjoy a luxurious wallow with a glass of champers in one of the gorgeous bathrooms at Matetsi River Lodge.

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Partake in a thrilling game drive with a chance to get up close and personal with the King of the Jungle during a stay at Matetsi River Lodge.

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Huge herds of elephant roam freely across the Zambezi National Park and the adjoining Matetsi Private Game Reserve– an awe-inspiring sight indeed.

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Each of the suites at Matetsi River Lodge have their very own plunge pool, squishy seating area and uninterrupted views of the wilderness.

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Warthog are just some of the animals who come to drink in front of your lodgings at Matetsi so no need to get your binoculars out, just sit back, relax and enjoy the view!

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The view from Victoria Falls Safari Club is spectacular and while no sunset is ever the same, they are all jaw-droppingly lovely.

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Elephants regularly make their way through Victoria Falls River Lodge, headed down to the riverbank to drink and play.

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Enjoying the best of both Worlds, the Victoria Falls River Lodge has stunning views of the Victoria Falls whilst being within the Zambezi National Park so you can enjoy views and wildlife at the same time.

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The sleek and stylish suites at Matetsi River Lodge reflect the calm and tranquility of the magnificent Zambezi River which flows silently a mere stone’s throw away.

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Earthy tones, clean lines and the night sounds of the bush coupled with delicious freshly prepared food make mealtimes at Matetsi River Lodge a delight.

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The sitting area at Matetsi River Lodge achieves a perfect balance of bush-chic and understated luxury – the ideal spot to sit back and relax and soak up the panoramic views over the magnificent Zambezi River.

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Pamper yourself with a massage at the in-house Spa at Matetsi River Lodge while listening the gentle sounds of the leaves rustling and the cry of the fisheagle in the background.

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A charming Matetsi waiter appears at your riverside picnic with champagne on ice and a huge smile!

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What makes Matetsi River Lodge a firm favourite at Ampersand is their carefully planned seating areas with their super-chic furnishings and views to die for!

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The attractive and beautifully made local crafts at the curio shop at Matetsi River Lodge make great pressies for the family at home.

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The ultimate in bush sophistication – the newly refurbished rooms at Matetsi River Lodge are a triumph in stylish-rustic-chic.

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Let the day’s excitement wash away under a super-powered outdoor shower at the super Matetsi River Lodge.

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The cellar at Matetsi River Lodge stocks wines from South Africa’s finest estates.

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The magnificent façade of the iconic Victoria Falls Hotel is steeped in stately colonial grandeur.

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The magnificent and well-proportioned pool at Victoria Falls Hotel is a super place to catch some rays and get some exercise in before indulging in high tea on the legendary terrace.

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The elegant Palm Lounge at Victoria Falls Hotel was meticulously and sensitively restored to its former glory in 2013 and is once again, a sparkling example of Edwardian grandeur.

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Period furniture gleams with a fresh polish and the plumped sofas and marvelous standing lamps make the main lounge at Victoria Falls Hotel a perfect spot for a game of scrabble or to sit and read a suitably romantic novel.

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The internationally acclaimed Victoria Falls Hotel is a regular haunt for dignitaries across the globe and the grand dame of Zimbabwe greets them with all with a distinctive charm.

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Dining at Victoria Falls Hotel is widely considered to be the best dining experience in Africa.

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The highly acclaimed and opulent Livingstone Room at Victoria Falls Hotel has a well-deserved reputation for serving up exquisite meals. 

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Jungle Junction at Victoria Falls Hotel is a fabulous place to immerse yourself in a great dollop of African entertainment and cuisine and to enjoy unbeatable views over the mighty Falls.

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Time stands still at Victoria Falls Hotel as you enjoy high tea on Stanley’s Terrace in the knowledge that very little has changed since Edwardian times.

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High tea at Victoria Falls Hotel on the terrace on the fabulous Stanley’s terrace isn’t the same without the resident warthogs who love nibbling on the manicured lawns.

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The majestic suites at Victoria Falls Hotel are straight out of an Edwardian romance novel with their exquisitely draped four poster beds, marble bathrooms and the loveliest of views over the river below.

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The rooms in the Stables Wing at Victoria Falls Hotel are individually and beautifully decorated with just a hint of contemporary which blends seamlessly with its colonial roots.

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The main lodge at Victoria Falls River Lodge is a large, open plan area, set back from the river, perfect for spotting animals grazing along the riverbank. 

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Savour the cool, calm and super-comfy interiors of the tents at Victoria Falls River Lodge where you’d be forgiven for wanting a lie-in to enjoy the outstanding panoramic views of the Zambezi River from the comfort of your bed.

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Watch the sun setting over the most famous waterfall on Earth while watching the mists rising into the pink skies above at Victoria Falls River Lodge.

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Family Suites at Victoria Falls River Lodge sleep up to 5 people (2 adults and 3 children) in a King size 4-poster bed, and a bunk bed and a small single bed in an adjoining tented room. 

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The bathrooms at Victoria Falls River Lodge are like mini-palaces!  Spacious and with awesome views over the Zambezi River.

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Discover Luxury Zimbabwe Holidays

Zimbabwe is showing signs of recovery after two decades of political instability; employment is on the rise and the economy is improving. On the ground, the Zimbabwean people are some of the warmest in Africa and for a visitor to this resilient land nothing will change the ever-present natural beauty of Zimbabwe. Expect few tourists on top-class safaris through lush forests and boulder-strewn landscapes where you’ll spot the Big Five, explore laid-back and elegant cities, discover ancient rock-art that is over 13,000 years old, and of course pay your respects to the majestic and epic Victoria Falls.

For many, the biggest lure to Zimbabwe is the chance to get up close to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is twice the size of Niagara Falls and widely considered to be one of the most staggering sights of the natural world. Those who visit Victoria Falls, known as Mosi-ao- Tunya, or ‘Smoke That Thunders’ in local Tonga dialect, can access through the teak and mopane forest, wet with clingy mist from the falls, before the view opens out onto a gigantic sheet of fast-flowing water dropping down sandstone cliffs with a thunderous crash, clouds of spray filling the air. Even in the dry season, from October to December, the water still falls in an impressive cascade over the cliff, unlike neighbouring Zambia, where lack of rain means only bare rock is visible. 

Those with an adventurous streak may like to bungee jump from the bridge that links Zambia to Zimbabwe or board a thrilling helicopter ride to take in the grandeur of the falls from the air. Afterwards, take afternoon tea at the distinguished Victoria Falls Hotel which has a view onto the falls itself and is one of the oldest hotels in Africa. Around Victoria Falls is some of the highest quality accommodation in Africa. At the &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge, enjoy the luxuries of a contemporary safari lodge with river-facing suites to spot hippos, crocodiles and buffalo in the Zambezi River.

Accessibility to Victoria Falls is better than ever, with the newly opened Victoria Falls International Airport and this also means that getting around Zimbabwe is even easier; flying to northern Zimbabwe, for example, to the remote and untouched Mana Pools. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it offers visitors a truly authentic experience in the bush. Excellent guides are also on hand to assist with spotting elephants, wild dogs, leopard and cheetah. In fact, Zimbabwean guides are widely regarded as the best in Africa. At Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest, you won’t see many other safari jeeps but you could see thousands of migratory elephants and waterholes in winter that attract over 400 types of bird and plentiful large game. Hwange also sheds light on Zimbabwe’s cultural heritage through a series of rock engravings at the Bumbusi National Monument.

Rock art is visible across many of the ancient archaeological sites of Zimbabwe showing the longevity of this fascinating country. Despite recent turbulent times, Zimbabwe’s epic sights have an enduring appeal and it is now a stable time to visit this raw and energising country. 

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