Imagine the aquamarine embrace of the pool rippling over you as you look out over a 15km stretch of private Zambezi River frontage, with herds of elephant sweeping by in the background. This is the quiet gift of Matetsi River House Private Villa: a secluded retreat, which comes with a private chef, butler, and safari vehicle and guide.
Secreted by trees, the River House is ideal for small groups and families, with four large bedrooms adorned with natural furnishings, sleek local artworks, floor-to-ceiling windows, a verandah and pool overlooking the river. Spacious en-suite bathrooms create an atmosphere of privacy, and the Matetsi River Lodge facilities are a short walk away, with a wine cellar, masseuse, fitness centre, and pool.
A mere 40km away from Victoria Falls, all the activities at the UNESCO heritage site are available, including an interpretive tour that includes a decadent high tea. You can also hop in your private vehicle to explore the 50,000-hectare concession, with your knowledgeable guide pointing out sightings of wild dog, leopard, lion, leopard, sable, buffalo, and elephant on the way.