At first sight Gache Gache's owner Ray Townsend is Mick Dundee meets Sylvester Stallone. He is every bit the bushman and years of African sun, run-ins with dangerous game and bloodthirsty poachers shows on his face. Beneath this tough outward appearance is a man passionate about his wildlife, it preservation and the conservation of the beautiful Lake Kariba wilderness. His knowledge is incredible and it was a real treat to hear his stories around the fire after dinner. The lodge is a rustic collection of very comfortable twin en suite rooms with a pool, main dining and social area at the center. Lake Kariba was very full while we were there so the hippos ate grass outside our doors all night !. The staff are fantastic, in particular Elliot who always had a smile and for whom nothing appeared to be too much trouble. Between Ray and his assistant guide David, we were treated to rare bird sightings, intimate close ups with large crocs and hippos and a unique few minutes in a nursery herd of elephant who are resident in the lodges immediate vicinity. The bar was well stocked and the three daily meals traditional and generous in proportion. Fish lovers will like Gache's take on fresh lake bream snacks and main courses and the little known but delicious fresh water prawns. The lodge has an area for camping, with convenient adjacent ablutions. Apart from a few boats fishing with the lodges permission, there is no other water traffic in Gache Gache, meaning you have a sense of really having the place to yourself. Game drives by boat and four wheel drive are possible in the mornings and evenings. Getting to Gache Gache by road requires a high clearance four wheel drive. Take an axe and two spare tyres as the elephants like uprooting roadside trees !. Go left at the Charara turn off on the Makuti - Kariba road, follow the power line road left and then drive approx. 32 miles following the white Gache Gache signs. It will take at least two hours at a sensible speed and in the rainy season there will be perilous gullies with narrow concrete bridges to negotiate. Alternatively you can arrange a transfer with Marine Land in Kariba (US$ 60 per person one way) or even fly in. Some people flew out a few days before us in a very large aircraft without any problems at all. Gache Gache have aircraft and can arrange this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gache Gache Lodge is situated across Lake Kariba only 30minutes by speedboat. You can also drive around in a 4x4 vehicle or you can charter a flight in to our own airstrip. We can arrange transfers. We have 10 rustic chalets, one with air-con. All with own verandah overlooking the lake. We offer game drives and our area now has great game-viewing and excellent fishing (Tiger & Bream) as we have our very own Environment Protection Unit on hand to combat any poaching in the Gache Gache Wilderness Area (GGWA. Gache Gache Lodge has a splash pool to keep you cool in those extremely hot months! Our evening game drives by boat/booze cruises allow you to take amazing pictures of stunning sunsets and birdlife too. September through April are the best fishing months! We look forward to hosting YOU soon! ... more less