Located on the western end of Lake Kariba’s southern shore, Binga is known for its fishing and boating. Lake Kariba is the world’s largest manmade lake, located along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Over 223 km long and 40 km in width, it covers an area of 5 580 km sq. Within this area there are several islands waiting to be explored, boasting a unique and abundant biodiversity. Fish eagles and other water birds thrive along the shorelines, along with big herds of elephants, lion, leopard, buffalo and other plains game – and then of course – a multitude of crocodiles and hippos.
Exploring the islands and waterways of Binga – whether for fishing or a houseboat getaway, is a great option to access Lake Kariba from Bulawayo or Victoria Falls, fulfilling the need for wide-open Zimbabwean waters. Binga town was built as a solution for the Tongan people who were relocated when Lake Kariba was built and its rising waters covered their traditional homes. It has become a fascinating and rich cultural centre of Zimbabwe, with museums, handicraft industries, village visits and traditional markets.
Masumu River Lodge is an invitation for exploration – of the landscape, waterways, islands, Batonga villages and museums. One’s experience of Zimbabwe with Masumu is a multi-faceted experience – fringed in comfort with breath-taking views of the lake, accompanied by the call of the fish eagle. After a day’s expedition, whether on the lake fishing, exploring the town or visiting the hot springs, the view from the lodge calls for cocktails and sunsets. A sunset cruise is also available to soak in more hours on the water, while soaking in the colours of the sky as day gives way to night. A Kariba sunset is truly like none-other, akin to a painting and imprinted in memory.
One of the main attractions and activities at the lodge is fishing. With access from nearby towns, it is a fantastic option to satisfy those cravings for vast open waters. As we like to say, the early bird not only catches the worm, but the fish too! Rise with the sun and head out onto the water before the heat of the day, accompanied by coffee, biscuits and a Kariba sunrise. Dawn is a very special time upon the lake, the morning orchestrated by birds, singing in the day. Calm waters and riverine reflections welcome the early fishermen.
The smaller fish caught are released back into the lake, to populate its waters and grow bigger for future fishing expeditions. Bigger bream are kept to add to the menu back at the lodge, enough to celebrate the experience; nothing of excess. There is a wonderful sense of achievement and connection to your meal when eating what was personally caught, appreciation from lake to plate.
Lake Kariba captures one’s soul, painting it into the gold and orange sky at sunset. Join us for a weekend away at Masumu River Lodge to cruise upon the lake, get lost in the colours of the sky and imprint Kariba into your memory.