Zimbabwe || matesi lodge
Matesi Lodge in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe located on the banks of the Zambezi River was our very first impression of Africa, and Safari adventures for that matter. With no expectations for the Safari experience this place left us with the bar set-high, by the time we left we felt like we were saying good-bye to family and there might have been a teary farewell involved.
The hotel staff greeted us with a refreshing iced drink and a fresh cool face cloth. We were then escorted to our lavish bush accommodations and provided a tour, and it was needed the space was huge. I loved the massive king-sized bed fitted with crisp white sheets and lots of feathery soft bedding. It made for a super sound sleep at night nestled in with blankets from the cold night temperatures and unfamiliar bush sounds of lions and elephants.
The bathroom was the same size as the bedroom, both with huge sliding doors that opened out onto a terrace for enjoying the sun, the occasional meal and a splash in the plunge pool, all with views overlooking the Zambezi River. Options for bathing included a huge bathtub, an indoor shower and an outdoor shower and double sinks there was no waiting in this bathroom.
The accommodations are very comfortable letting the right amount of the outdoors come indoors. In the event that the baboons get a little to close they prepare you with a slingshot & some stones to deter them from invading your personal space and snatching up a few souvenirs [aka personal belongings].
On a few occasions we enjoyed a private lunch in our lodge, enjoying the sun listening to the sounds of the bush and the rushing Zambezi river. Uncle George our assigned Butler for our stay was so delightful and always had a wonderful menu to reveal to us. All the staff however were a delight to interact act with, they did a great job in making us feel at home.
Favorite surprise that they provided us with was the hugely romantic bubble bath they prepared for us one night upon our return from safari. They insisted we head back to our room for at least 45 minutes. Trusting ‘the bush’ and the adventures it had thrown at us so far we agreed. As we entered there were large gasps, as our room had been filled with rose petals and candles.
So romantic. Thanks Emanuel for preparing the lovely treat.