Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba offers great game viewing by canoe on the lake and on foot or by vehicle in the adjacent Matusadona National Park. The Tiger fishing in the lake is also excellent making it a really nice varied and niche destination. 
Created in the 1950s, at over 140 miles long and 20 miles wide, Lake Kariba is one of the world's greatest man-made lakes.  The lake is home to several islands, some with permanent lodges, such as Fothergill and Spurwing. 
The lake lends itself to wonderful game viewing by canoe as animals (especially elephant) come to the water’s edge to drink.  The bird life here is also superb, and keen fishermen will be delighted with the lake’s prolific big game fish, particularly Tiger fish.

As well as activities on the lake, the lodges offer drives and guided walks into Matusadona National Park.  The park is a stunning combination of flat plains and rugged mountain country and has black and white rhino as well as all the big five.

Lake Kariba: where to stay

There are two places to stay in this area, each superb in its own way – authentic Changa Safari Lodge and the newly revamped and exceptionally luxurious Bumi Hills.


  • Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Wild Dog and Cheetah. This park has 6 out of our Big 7 icon
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