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Jonathan Hudson joins Matetsi Victoria Falls as Deputy General Manager

Jonathan Hudson
With over three decades of experience, Hudson brings a wealth of managerial knowledge to the team with an impressive background in African hospitality
Matetsi Victoria Falls is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Hudson as Deputy General Manager of the property. Jono, as he’s known in the industry, joins Matetsi Victoria Falls from his most recent role as General Manager of Great Plains Conservation, Zimbabwe.


With over three decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Jono prides himself on delivering service excellence with authentic Zimbabwean hospitality.

Zimbabwean born and raised, Jono began his career in London where he trained in the F&B sectors of The Dorchester Hotel and Sheraton Belgravia Hotel. Since then, he has gained extensive experience working in high-end safari lodges and hotels in Africa and has planted roots in the Victoria Falls region.

Jono joined the team at the beginning of August and has hit the ground running, utilising his well-rounded experience to support the Matetsi Victoria Falls team led by General Manager Franco Rienzo.

Sara Gardiner, the family owners’ representative of Matetsi Victoria Falls comments, “Matetsi Victoria Falls is our family’s legacy to this country that we call home. A strong management team is key to ensuring that we continue to deliver an exceptional guest experience, which some industry colleagues fondly call, “Matetsi Magic”.”

Jono himself comments, “I am thoroughly looking forward to working with the team here at Matetsi Victoria Falls to assist in developing and taking the property to new heights. We have an incredible team and product on an amazing wildlife concession. I look forward to making my mark here."

Matetsi Victoria Falls, located on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River within its own 55,000-hectare private wildlife conservation area, is one of Africa’s most stylish luxury lodges. The family owners have combined their experience in luxury hospitality with their passion for conservation to create an offering that showcases the rich and varied beauty of Zimbabwe, from its people through to its wildlife in this magnificent African wilderness. The property is unparalleled for its unique river experiences, proximity to Victoria Falls - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven natural wonders of the world - outstanding cuisine, and incredible wildlife encounters.

The property is made up of two intimate river-facing camps, with nine suites each, and the 4-bedroom exclusive-use River House Private Villa. During their stay guests are looked after by an expert hospitality team, with their own personal butler taking care of their every need, and a knowledgeable ranger guide and tracker taking them out into the private reserve for activities, such as game drives, boat cruises, canoeing and walking safaris. The lodge also has a superb guest leisure area with a 20m lap pool, gym, spa and a unique wine cellar.

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