&Be­yond Matetsi River Lodge

Zim­babwe, Africa

Living Etc - - TRAVEL / ETC -

The low­down Au­then­tic sa­fari chic be­side the Zam­bezi.

Best for Those hunt­ing style along­side their big game. On the banks of the Zam­bezi, just a 30-minute drive from the iconic Vic­to­ria Falls, sits this in­ti­mate con­tem­po­rary sa­fari lodge from &Be­yond. Its two camps, each made up of nine river-fac­ing suites and a fam­ily suite, sit be­neath shady trees, with a shared guest area, in­clud­ing a va­ri­ety of din­ing spa­ces, kitchen, bar and blaz­ing fire bowl. The suites are spa­cious and rest­ful, with rus­tic woods, ab­stract art­work by a lo­cal artist and wo­ven ac­cents. There are in­door and out­door show­ers, or you can cool off in your own pri­vate plunge pool while soak­ing up the sights and sounds of the sur­round­ing wilder­ness. Pick from an im­pres­sive line-up of land- and wa­ter-based sa­faris – the 123,500-acre pri­vate game re­serve has herds of ele­phants and buf­fa­los, a pride of lions, hye­nas, leop­ards and an­telopes. While giv­ing the sun­downer cruise a whirl, make sure you sam­ple the lodge’s sig­na­ture frozen mo­jito while tak­ing in that in­cred­i­ble sun­set on board.

Book it Rates from £550 per per­son per night based on two guests shar­ing and in­clud­ing all meals and twice-daily game drives (and­be­yond.com).

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE The 20m rim-flow pool over­looks the Zam­bezi; floor-to-ceil­ing glass en­sures a snooze with a view; en­joy a night­cap to a sound­track of the sur­round­ing wilder­ness; and chill out at the end of the day in your pri­vate plunge pool

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