Matetsi Private Game Reserve(www.andbeyond.com) in the northwest of Zimbabwe, not far from Victoria Falls, has weathered the highs and lows of the nation’s shifting fortunes for nearly 20 years – and for much of that time it was managed by Conservation Corporation Africa, the company founded in 1991 that eventually evolved into &Beyond. Now comes the heartening news that &Beyond has reassumed the management of the entire 125,000-acre reserve, replete with elephants, big cats and Cape buffalo, and is refurbishing its flagship lodge (from $1,900 per night) to the tune of $10m. Eighteen suites and a four-bedroom family villa will follow the old lodge’s footprint along the banks of the Zambezi River (of which the reserve lays claim to 28km).
Meanwhile, to the northeast in Mana Pools National Park, Wilderness Safaris – which last month relaunched another venerable old camp, Ruckomechi (www.wilderness-safaris.com; from $906 per person per night), with a sleek new face – has built it a very exclusive neighbour. The tented, wood‑decked suites at Little Ruckomechi (from $1,000 per person per night), opening in July, will have their own dedicated chefs, as well as guides to take guests exploring by Land Rover and tracking wild dogs on foot.