Lake Kariba


Lake Kariba is the huge lake that was created when the Zambezi River was dammed in 1959 to create hydroelectric power. Ranging from Milibizi in the extreme south to the town of Kariba in the north, the lake forms the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Fact and figures aside the lake has become the play area and holiday destination of choice for generations of Zimbabweans as well as a major source of food and industry, providing the small kapenta fish which is a dietary staple. The islands that were formed when the lake was created are a haven for wildlife. There are also large tracts of wildlife reserve that line the lake where an array of game can be seen and tiger fish can be caught

The time honored way of exploring the delights of Lake Kariba are by houseboat. Large and small, pontoon or cruiser style, basic or luxurious they are as popular and as ever. The ferry is an exciting and adventurous way of crossing the lake and runs on set pre-departures throughout the year between Milibizi (the side of the lake closest to Vic Falls) and the town of Kariba at the lake's most northern tip.

The small town of Kariba in the north is where the majority of the tourism action takes place. It's here that most of the houseboats are moored and the harbour serves as the entry point for boat services to some of the outlying lodges on the shore of the lake and major islands.

Kariba town has a small airport and there are currently daily flights which link Kariba with Harare and Victoria Falls. Milibizi and Binga to the south of Kariba are a short three hours drive from Victoria Falls making a stay on a houseboat there an easy option. Guests should bear in mind that the south of the lake is scenic and great for relaxing and fishing but if game viewing is your mission then we recommend going north.