Lake Kariba is a destination that holds much fascination and a Zimbabwe vacation to this idyllic safari destination offers fantastic fishing, breathtaking sunsets, and spectacular views. It lies approximately 1 300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
History of Lake Kariba
An engineering feat, the Kariba was built in the 1950s. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba dam wall at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. Operation Noah was a subsequent rescue operation of more than 6000 animals from the rising waters. The wildlife was relocated to Matusadona National Park and the area around Lake Kariba. Today the Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station provides electricity to Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Activities and Experiences
Covering nearly 6 000 square kilometres, Lake Kariba is abundant with life and a prime spot for a Zimbabwe safari. Game viewing by boat, cruising along the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park, offers up close and personal encounters with wildlife. The park is a stronghold for elephants and black rhinos. Other sightings for safari-goers will include an array of aquatic birdlife as well as several sightings of crocodiles and hippos.
Time on the Kariba while on a holiday in Zimbabwe includes exploring its islands and inlets, and most certainly some quality time for fishing. Tiger fishing draws fishermen from around the world. The more relaxed fishermen can try their hand at bream fishing while sipping on a cocktail, hopefully catching their dinner for the evening, from lake to plate!
ENMAN African Safaris provides a selection of Victoria Falls travel packages and Hwange National Park safaris, whether you prefer a private itinerary or wish to join a group tour. These are among Zimbabwe’s most sought-after travel destinations, along with Mana Pools, Matusadona, Matopos, and more. Contact one of our travel consultants to help you plan your next safari adventure.
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