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“URGENTLY needs investment” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tiger Bay Resort
Ranked #8 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
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70 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“URGENTLY needs investment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed over New Year, and really loved the romantic setting of the resort, the fishing + bird-watching opportunities, or just chilling out by the pool or near our room. I caught my first 4 fish ever (a real thrill) and deepened my tan. The room's aren't lavish, but the mosquito nets work and the beds are quite comfortable, (although some rooms nearer neighbouring properties have to suffer the noise of their big generator). The scenery is truly magnificent and the waiters and game-drivers are really kind and helpful.

The problem is, the owner hasn't invested in the place and the staff are demoralised. The generator is too small for a resort with over a dozen chalets, and the chalets themselves need an upgrade. The gardens are over-grown and (as if by magic...) a gardener only appeared on the day the owner's daughter came to stay... The game-drive truck broke down once with teenagers having to walk back through the bush where lions are, as did the boat. The chef went AWOL on New Year's eve and the chap who had been on his feet all day cooking had to be brought back... To be fair, he and his team produced a fabulous spread but it was clear that it was all touch and go for a while.

The staff deserve much MUCH more support from the owners than they get currently, and much more money to help turn what is a beautifully located resort into the perfect holiday retreat.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the neighbouring properties are not disturbed by their generators
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Londona
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Gladstone, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I stayed at Tiger Bay Lodge in Kariba for five nights in September 2012, with my partner, toddler and Mum-in-law. This was my first visit to Zimbabwe, and the Tiger Bay Lodge proved to be an oasis. The location was spectacular, we saw lots of game at dusk going to the lake shore for water. The accommodation was comfortable and clean, and some of the a-frames were being re-thatched whilst we were there. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the staff were attentive and considerate given the demands of a toddler. The lodge provides excellent value for money, and I wouldn't have any hesitation in recommending it to friends and family in both Australia and UK.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Alison W
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Harare Zimbabwe
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

My daughter, Sarah got married at Tiger Bay on the 7th July 2012. We hired the Zambezi Trader to sleep 50 guests and Tiger Bay hosted the remaining 35 guests. The setting and ambience made such a wonderful background to a truly African bush wedding. Jonathan and Sarah's photo's were done on the shorelines of the Ume River, such a superb back drop, no props needed. The hotel fed all the guests, Friday night was a Mongolian Braai under the African stars. The weather was warm and comfortable even at the beginning of July. All round a very special week end. Debbie W

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Debbie W
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2012

This was my first trip to Zimbabwe. I must admit it was spectacular. I attended my brother and new sister in laws wedding reception at Tiger Bay Lodge. It was marvellous and the scenery was superb. I will definitely recommend this lodge to any one visit Kariba, Zimbabwe. You are able to experience natural all around in a comfortable setting. The chalets are all river facing which makes for a wonderful morning.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Samantha S
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Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

We recently visited Tiger Bay Lodge on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, to attend my son's wedding reception. This venue is truly idyllic. It offers unique accommodation and leisure facilities and boasts a sense of calm and tranquility that can only be found in the African bush. The staff's efficiency and welcoming attitude, together with the general surroundings, wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities truly make Tiger Bay Lodge a very special destination.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank Hesta S
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Timaru, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

We planned to visit Zambabee and see Ostriches in the wild,hopefully see all the big 5, Visit Victoria Falls and stay in game lodges over a period of a week in July 1997 whilst returning to New Zealand after 4 weeks away overseas which House of Travel arranged. Flying from Kariba toTiger Bay really brought reality to our trip and during our two night stay managed to fit in 5 safari's, by boat, walking and the usual open Land Rover style. The accomodation was great, even if the Hippo's wandered around the camp site at night, staff did everything to make us comfortable and our stay enjoyable.Unfortunately we missed seeing a white Rhino which had been seen the day before,but saw huge Crocodiles,Elephants,heard Lions roaring at night and heaps of other game. Food ,Service and staff were great. The best by far of the 2 other resorts we stayed at. .Sunrise and sunsets were fantastic.

Room Tip: We asked for a chalet type accomodation and we got it. Don't expect too much, thats why you are...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank john D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

After many years of hearing about this resort we finally got a chance to visit for a weekend. A wonderful experience. Scenic accommodation right on the Umi River. Hippos were munching the vegetation right outside our chalet during the night. A super experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Tiger Bay Resort

Property: Tiger Bay Resort
Address: Kariba, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland West Province > Kariba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Kariba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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 
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Tiger Bay Hotel Kariba

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