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“Truly Special Place”
Review of Lake Kariba

Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kariba
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Have spent many HAPPY fishing holidays on this Lake, both on houseboats and shore accommodation. The wild life is still fabulous to watch, no matter how many times you see these animals, each occasion is truly special. Fishing is a wonderful way to pass time, especially in the company of good friends and a few cold drinks and of course many tall stories are told. Be sure to take a camera, sun tan cream, a hat and plenty to drink, its really hot out there.

Thank suntanned2012
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Lake Kariba is just a few hours drive from Lusaka.

We made a day trip out to the dam and lake and had a great time.

If you like to get on a boat and bask in the sun with good friends and a few drinks this is the place to be.

The lake has a few islands which you are welcome to dock on but be careful of Nile crocs!

The only part that I miss being on the lake is tubing, swimming or wake boarding. However if you have the guts to share the lake with crocs and hippos it might give you a thrill!

To rent a speed boat with a captain for 1 hour it will run you K600 or roughly $100.

Thank Carolinablue26
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

One of the largest man made dams in the world, Constructed between 1955 and 1959 when the British ruled both Northern and Southern Rhodesia ( Zambia & Zimbabwe ) the dam wall is 580 meters long and 128 meters high and you can drive light motor vehicles across the wall through Zambia and Zimbabwe Customs and Immigration, the lake is fed by the mighty Zambezi River from its source in north west Zambia flowing along the Namibia and Botswana and Angola borders into Zimbabwe at Victoria falls winding its way through steep sheer rocky hills into Lake Kariba and continues its journey into Mozambique and finally into the Indian Ocean north of Beira.
Kariba lies 366km from Harare on the road to the Chirundu Border with Zambia, driving from Harare you turn off this highway at the 292 km peg at Makuti which offers a hotel for both accommodation meals and drinks, I have stayed there many times or just stopped for lunch on route to Kariba, the road from Makuti is 74km on good tar but with many bends in the road this part of the journey takes a good hour and if you are lucky you may see Elephants and Giraffe crossing the road, I was passing the airport at Kariba and saw animals lying on the road and had no choice to stop, a pride of lions and that was a great sight.
Kariba has luxurious hotels even a Casino but when we are travelling with family usually 6 of us, we stay at the Wild Heritage Upmarket Self Catering Lodges at Charara Banana plantations area, they have magnificent double story thatched lodges that sleep 6 persons and are fully equipped and one of the lodges juts out onto a corner and has a 270 degree view of Lake Kariba and looks out toward the beautiful Matusadona mountains, Charara is 27km from Kariba the last 7 km is gravel surface.
The lake is approximately 300km long (180miles ) and 17km wide (10miles) at its widest point at the dam wall end of the lake, there are islands along the lake with luxury accommodation full board and magnificent game viewing, fishing and bird life, they arrange boat transfers from Kariba town to Fothergill and Spurwing Islands.
The lake is home to the big 5 Wild Animals with many other species of game and crocodiles, the lake is full of Tiger and Bream fish and there are big International Tiger fishing tournaments in September & October, Kapenta like a small sardine was introduced into the lake and it is now a very profitable fishing industry for local and export markets.
Kariba is home to Luxurious House Boats and many other boats of all sizes and can be hired for any period of time with trained & experienced boat captains, all boats are fitted with 2 way communications by law. – There is a vessel that carry’s both passengers and vehicles and runs between Kariba Harbour and Mlibizi at the other end of the lake where tourists then drive to either Hwange & Victoria Falls, it leaves at 08:00 a.m. and takes 24 hours each way, when leaving from Kariba the lake is wide and by nightfall at 6pm you are in the narrow straits of the dam, I prefer to come from Milibizi to Kariba so that I can view the game on the shoreline and banks of the lake.
Everything you need to buy for food and drinks and tackle for a wonderful holiday is available in Kariba it has shops not only on route to Kariba but in Kariba itself and while you are there, why not pop into the quarry and get yourself a piece of their famous glitter stone you may want to ship it home for building and they can arrange that too.
Kariba is a 5 star holiday resort, I have been many times.

3  Thank John R
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

Hard to imagine it was man made its size is mind blowing and the fishing is good too. Keep your hands out of the water as there a lot of hungry crocs but other wild life abounds

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Just come back from an amazing Zimbabwe Trip. We travelled on the ferry to save driving from Vic Falls to Kariba. The 22 hour journey was so relaxing and good opportunity to travel the length of the lake and take in the Kariba magic all the way. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, the meals were fantastic too! We stayed at Mlibizi Resort the night before which was ideal as the drive from Vic Falls to Mlibizi took 3 hours. Will definitely consider this trip again!

3  Thank VB2s
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