Lake Kariba is an impressive body of water, the second largest man-made lake in Africa. It’s a favourite amongst fishermen looking to snag a hefty tigerfish. Originally dammed in 1958 to build a hydro-electricity facility to provide power to Zambia and Zimbabwe, Lake Kariba is now a popular ‘coastal’ destination in its own right.
Lake Kariba has nature reserves on all sides, one of them being Matusadona National Park. With stunning landscapes and it’s remote, isolated location Matusadona receives fewer visitors than other parks thus offering a more exclusive safari experience.
Reasons to visit Lake Kariba and Matusadona include:
Summers in Kariba are hot with temperatures pushing 40 degrees, if it’s fishing you are after than this is the right time. April and may enjoy warm days with temperatures in the mid-twenties, and cooler nights. The rainy season may bring occasional storms between November and March, these can be quite impressive with the rain accompanied by thunder and lightening.
Matusadona is accessible by speedboat from Kariba, but a lot of visitors opt to fly a bush airstrip and you will be collected from there. Where you are staying determines your means of access, but our consultants can guide you every step of the way.
There is accommodation in Kariba town, but most visitors to the area prefer to stay on the lakeshore in Matusadona for an authentic safari experience and there are a number of good options available. The recently refurbished Bumi Hills offers comfort in classy surroundings while those wanting a simple and rustic place to stay could opt for Rhino Safari Camp and be assured of a warm welcome.
A hill top setting and views over the expansive waters of Lake Kariba.
Large safari tents, shaded relaxation areas, an infinity pool and firepit all arranged on the shore of Lake Kariba: Changa Safari Camp.
A simple rustic lodge in an idyllic lakeside setting on the shores of Lake Kariba.
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Flights from UK to Harare or Victoria Falls are usually via Johannesburg and can take 12+ hours, although once the new Victoria Falls airport is fully operational there may be an option of direct flights – watch this space.
Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Shona or Ndebele are also widely spoken by the majority of the population.
Visas are required for UK passport holders and can be obtained on entry into Zimbabwe.
Malaria is a risk in many areas of Zimbabwe.