The Next African Adventure: Zimbabwean ‘Safari Pods’


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It’s undeniable that the travel and hospitality industries have drastically changed since March. Social distancing measures, the need for personal protective equipment, and increased sanitization is now the norm around the world.

Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world has always been a major draw for tourists from around the globe. Southern African country, Zimbabwe began allowing tourists back into the country in the first week of October. Now that the tourism industry is restarting, the luxury safari provider Matetsi Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe has begun to offer a new service for the weary traveler looking for exclusivity.

The Private Life

With two international airports to fly into, one in Zimbabwe — Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and one in Zambia — Victoria Falls International Airport, which are only a bridge apart, it’s easy to arrive at Matetsi. However, the lodge’s private game reserve has an airstrip that small private planes can fly into. This allows visitors to maintain their ‘bubbles’ and avoid coming into contact with more people than they have to.

From there, guests of the lodge have the choice to buy out the lodge for full exclusive use, or for partial exclusive use. This allows guests to create their very own safari bubbles. The safety measures do not stop there though. Safari goers typically stay at what is known as bush camps, with access to a lodge. The safari bubbles at Matetsi give guests exclusive access to two entire bush camps and the lodge, or one bushcamp depending on the option they choose.

Private staff will be at their disposal, with the same butler, chef, and driver on hand during the entire stay. Private safari vehicles are also included for the duration of the stay. As you can imagine, all of these safety measures do not come cheap.

The Cost

Safaris can be found at most price points, but for those wanting to rent out, Matetsi here’s what it will cost. Guests have the option of purchasing a night, or a weekly buyout depending on how long you want your safari to last. Spending at least a couple of days is necessary if you want to see all of the wildlife in the private reserve. The big cats, like lions, only come out towards the end of the day, and a lot of animals come out early in the morning for a drink down at the Zambezi River.

The buyouts start at $9,500 for the partial exclusive, which gives you access to one of the camps, and $22,000 for full exclusive for the week. This is the trip of a lifetime, and we’re sure anyone who decides to take advantage of this timely offer will make memories that last a lifetime.

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