Victoria Falls, 1 February 2024

Mbano Manor Hotel by Mantis Victoria Falls is proud to announce the official 5-star grading status bestowed on the boutique hotel by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA). This prestigious recognition celebrates the changemaking philosophy that is underpinned by Mbano Manor’s commitment to excellence in hospitality and service.

The 19-suite luxury boutique, Mbano Manor Hotel, is a member of the renowned African conservation group, the Mantis Collection, and is located on the edge of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.

A 5-star grading signifies the pinnacle of luxury and sophistication in the hotel industry. The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority awards this esteemed status to establishments that consistently meet and surpass stringent criteria encompassing accommodation, service quality, facilities, and overall guest experience. Mbano Manor Hotel’s attainment of this accolade reflects its unwavering dedication to providing an unparalleled level of hospitality in the heart of Victoria Falls.

General Manager, Edwell Shupiko, echoed this sentiment, saying, “This recognition is a reflection of the passion and dedication our team invests in curating unforgettable moments for our guests. Every aspect of Mbano Manor Hotel is designed to provide a unique blend of luxury, comfort, and authentic African hospitality. Achieving 5-star official status is a significant milestone for us, and we are excited about the journey ahead.”


Mati Nyazema, Founder and Owner of Mbano Manor Hotel, expressed her elation, stating, “We have embraced beyond five-star positioning in our beliefs from the hotel inception.  Now it’s official! This endorsement by the ZTA is a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests. We celebrate locality, authenticity, eco-luxury and the finest of hospitality, in a bird and tree sanctuary, at the World Heritage site, Victoria Falls.”


“This recognition is yet another stepping stone towards our vision to inspire Africa’s younger generations to aim high and to believe that you can be local, authentic and a proudly global five-star operator, in any discipline that you choose to pursue. We create bespoke experiences and are setting higher standards of excellence. My personal wish is for our Mbano story to be one of many such changemaking stories that define Africa’s future and development,” states Dr Mati.


Comprised of 18 luxury suites and one Villa, Mbano Manor Hotel by Mantis offers a tranquil eco-luxury experience, and a uniquely perfect blend of rich cultural history and world-class hospitality. The 19th suite is the magnificent Mutota Forest Villa boasting two bedrooms, bespoke lounges, private pool and gardens, and much more. From luxurious suites to unparalleled dining experiences, this 5-star grading reaffirms Mbano Manor Hotel’s position as a premier destination for those seeking the finest in hospitality.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Emma Nherera

Marketing & Communications Manager

Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis

+263 787 333 307

About Mbano Manor Hotel Victoria Falls by Mantis

  • Mbano Manor Hotel is a 5-star boutique hotel in Victoria Falls, opened in 2020.
  • Mbano Manor Hotel is comprised of 18 luxury suites and one forest Villa.
  • Designed to cater for the high-end discerning traveller, seeking luxury, nature, privacy.
  • Mbano is the family totem (chidawo) of Dr Mati – celebrating African culture and identity.
  • The hotel is also arguably the first five-star luxury boutique hotel across Southern Africa, to be developed from the ground, and run, by a black African woman.