Kariba

Kariba

Lake Kariba is 220 km long and in places 30 km wide. It is full of the waters of the mighty Zambezi River. The building of the huge dam wall which was completed in 1960, is a testament to man’s engineering skills. Kariba has become a wonderful holiday destination which, through clever planning and management, has retained the Zambezi’s wilderness character and beautiful scenery. This is also as a result of the amazing foresight of the many brave people who, so many years ago, when the waters were rising rapidly to fill the lake, helped to relocate inhabitants both human and animal so that all could benefit from the existence of Lake Kariba. The resultant hydro-electric power produced due to the building of the wall, became an invaluable asset to both Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The shores and islands abound in wildlife, and the memory of the haunting cry of the African Fish Eagle becomes a continuous reminder of holidays spent on or overlooking this spectacular inland sea. There are so many holiday options. In various wonderful locations on the Zimbabwe shores, luxury lodges and hotels provide great accommodation. As an alternative, holidays can be spent moving around the lake on a choice of attractive houseboats. All of these will offer numerous opportunities for game-viewing, bird-watching or fishing in the prolific waters. The shoreline vegetation is rich in grassland, natural bush and trees, and it is easy to catch sight of herds of elephant and other wildlife.

The high hills of the Matusadona National Park offer a spectacular backdrop to the lake. This range forms part of the Zambezi’s natural escarpment. At the end of the day, in addition to all its other attractions, Lake Kariba offers breathtaking sunsets and incredibly clear starlit nights .

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