&Beyond Matetsi River Lodge
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