VISIT TO TIGER BAY February 2012
During a visit to Zimbabwe of my daughter, her husband and two young sons we spent three nights at the remote rustic resort of Tiger Bay. Like most Kariba resorts it has suffered from a shortage of tourists, so has seen better days, but the staff went out of their way to make our stay a good one.
We sped over the lake in a spacious open boat powered by 2 x 85 hp motors and were there in 75 minutes in time for a tasty lunch. The chalets are thatched A frame on the bank of the Ume river with bathroom facilities en suite. I loved being able to lie in bed and look over the water as there was a full moon, listening to the Kariba night life. We took advantage of our three free activities and paid for two extra, going fishing 3 times; a game drive and a late afternoon game cruise, the latter being the highlight of my trip. The river was like glass and we got close to several eles and saw many antelope and abundant bird life and enjoyed throwing small bream to a fish eagle which swooped down to seize the prey, thus providing spectacular camera shots. What a tranquil setting to share chilled sundowners and revel in the peace and beauty of an African sunset.
As for the resort itself, the meals were more than adequate, and varied, with a full English breakfast and dinner was served under the stars. My only criticism was that the bar could have been better stocked, with a wider choice of beverages. But all in all I would definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tiger Bay Resort is situated on the banks of the Ume River and overlooks the magnificent Matusadonha Mountain Range and National Park and is set on several hectares of shady forest on the steep western bank of the Ume River, an area which has been described by many as one of the most unique and scenic parts of Lake Kariba. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tiger Bay Hotel Kariba