Mathis has willed the lodge and its artwork to a trust for education and conservation in South Africa. And the lodge will be her final resting place.
"I want to be cremated and thrown right out there," she said gesturing toward the African bush her lodge overlooks. "I'm in heaven right here."
And how does she think her late husband feels about all of this? "I think he's in a state of shock," she said. "Every once in a while I go to the cemetery to visit his grave to see if he's still there."
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Editor's note: ABC News producer Tom Giusto recently stayed at the Mateya Safari Lodge while on vacation in South Africa. He paid the full group price for his trip and received no special treatment.