Lake Kariba


Wildlife safari, birdlife, fishing and those sunsets!


Lake Kariba was formed in 1958 after the Zambezi River was dammed, creating a massive inland sea. It was an almighty project that was almost destroyed after massive floods in 1956 and then searing heat shortly afterwards. The dam was created to provide hydroelectricity for power-starved Zimbabwe, and is now home to an airport and harbour, easily accessible from Harare or Victoria Falls.

Kariba is an iconic destination with its dead trees rising out of the murky water, which is dense with hippos and sly crocodiles. An array of animals line the banks, from elephants to plains game and predators, and the Matusadona National Park provides a superb wilderness experience. The lake is famous for its fishing, especially the chance to land a leaping tigerfish, and the sunsets each evening are nothing short of spectacular! There are an array of lodges and hotels on the lake shore or you could stay in a floating houseboat!

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