Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. It lies approximately 1 300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The lake was filled following the completion of the Kariba Dam wall at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. Fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds patrol the shorelines, as do large numbers of elephants and other big game species. The town of Kariba was built for construction workers on the lake's dam in the late 1950’s.
Operation Noah was a subsequent rescue operation whereby local wildlife was moved away from the rising waters with over 6 000 animals relocated to Matusadona National Park and the area around Lake Kariba. Today the Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station provides electricity to Zimbabwe and Zambia.
A Kariba houseboat safari offers a unique and wonderful alternative to the more traditional land-based safari. Travellers can look forward to plenty of rest and relaxation and it is the perfect option for families and friends wanting an exclusive and private experience.
Booking a houseboat on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe is a complete change of scenery as instead of viewing wildlife from a vehicle, animals are observed while gliding silently across the expansive body of water. Houseboat staff are focused on delivering a personalised service while guests are invited to relax on the deck or make use of the onboard plunge pool.
Tender boats (small pontoons) with a personal guide, are available for fishing excursions and birding trips. Days on board the Hideaways Sovereign Houseboat for your Kariba houseboat safari will be spent cruising the islands and inlets of the Sengwe River Basin, sipping on cocktails and toasting the spectacular African sunsets.
To stay in this area, visit Hideaways Kariba Safari Lodge