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“You can't beat a houseboat on the lake”
Review of Lake Kariba

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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Kariba is a beautiful destination for all with great activities including some great fishing and game viewing. The dam wall is a must see and if you have the opportunity you should definitely try to stay on a houseboat on the lake. Stunning views and easy fishing and game viewing access. It is definitely one of my favourite holidays and a regular go-to for Zimbabweans.

Thank DiZim
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed at Eagle's Rest, Siavonga, for a family reunion - and it couldn't have been better! The chalets are clean, well-equipped with: tea/coffeee making,fridges, en-suite loo & shower, good quality mosquito nets and comfortable beds. They nestle by the side of the lake, with stunning views across to Zimbabwe on the further side. Sitting on the hard-wood chairs, sipping chilled wine, watching the sunset over the water - all the world's troubles recede and are replaced with a sense of utter peace and beauty. Of course, this being Africa, you cannot swim in the lake - plentiful notices abound about the presence of hippos and crocodiles. (We saw no evidence of these, but were told a hippo had been sighted nearby - and who'd want to take the risk! We did spot a monitor lizard swimming - and of course the sea eagles 'resting'? on a little island nearby) However, a (slightly murky, but chlorinated) pool is provided, which made for a welcome cooling from the heat (Temps of about 39 degrees when we were there.) The site has plans for a further pool on the beach in the near future. There is a bar on the beach, with of course the great views acrsoss the lake.
Also to be recommended: go into the centre of Siavonga and haggle for the dried and fresh fish from the lake - to cook over the brai provided by each chalet; take a sunset 'cruise' over the lake, to see the dam wall and watch the sun go down. Drink is not provided, but you can bring your own. We were a party of eight, in sole possession of the top 'deck' of the small boat - it was wonderful!

Thank Bryony M
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We spent an afternoon sailing on lake Kariba. The weather was beautiful, we got to visit antelope island and swim in the middle of the lake. We also managed to see some game along the shoreline.

Thank Vimbai H
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

The road journey along T1 from Lusaka to Siavonga turn off was one of the worst roads I have encountered. It is dangerous and immensely poor quality. The road off of here towards Siavonga is like velvet, by comparison.
Siavonga is a chill out place, small and most places are easily accessible (except for the last kilometre, which is normally challenging). They have a bank, ATM and adequate shopping facilities.
The dam is well worth a visit and if you want to eat well then go to the Protea Southern Belle (make sure that it is docked) for an evening of quality food and drink in a luxurious and romantic setting.
If you are using a local phone network beware of slipping onto the Zimbabwe network and finding yourself paying exhorbitant roaming fees, I got caught out a couple of times!

Thank 01Mooro666
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We took the Kariba Ferry from Kariba to Mlibizi, a trip of about 22 hours. Loading and unloading our car was a breeze, the amenities were clean and functional, and the food was first class. There are fold out chairs to sleep on as the trip does go overnight. We chose to carry mattresses outside and sleep on the outer forward deck. It was cool, and quite magical, until it started to rain! The ferry glides past small fishing smacks all along the lake. At one point, the ferry stops and passengers and crew can dive into the lake for a swim. We were assured that any croc who made it that far out into the lake would be way too cold and tired to take on a tourist! Never the less, I was extremely relieved when my adult daughter returned to the boat!

This is a lovely way to travel the length of this enormous man made lake, and saves a lot of time getting to Lake Victoria. Be warned however, that road signs are scarce, and it helps to have a map printed out before you leave.

The owners take it in turns to travel on the boat, and two brothers were on our trip. They have lots of stories to tell, and are working hard to rebuild their business after it closed during the years of political turmoil. They deserve the very best.

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