Lying along Zimbabwe's northern border with Zambia is the inspiring Lake Kariba, stretching 220 km in length and up to 40 km in breadth at its widest point. There are multiple operators offering full-board and self-catering house boat-based safaris on the lake. Staying on a houseboat on Lake Kariba with a family or group of friends is one of life's must do's. During the days one can head out fishing for the prized Tigerfish or local catfish and bream species. With the Matusadona National Park and other protected areas situated on the Lake's shores, boat-based game-viewing can be rewarding and one has the chance of viewing the Big 5 (although leopard and Black Rhino are seldom seen from the water's edge). Sipping sundowners as large herds of elephant and buffalo come down to drink with hippos around you will ensure you feel totally detached from the 'modern' world.

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 5580 sq km
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Hippo
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kariba Town

Accommodation in Lake Kariba

Dzimbabwe Houseboat, Lake Kariba

Dzimbabwe Freestate Houseboat is located on the beautiful Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. The boat can accommodate 12 guests and is the perfect place to lie back, soak up the African sun, and take in the views across Lake Kariba. The cabins are air-conditioned and also have fans, with en-suite bathrooms. The top deck of the boat is the perfect place…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Dzimbabwe Lodge

Dzimbabwe Lodge is an upcoming lodge with amazing views of Lake Kariba, which is a 5 minute walk away. Guests can see and hear elephants, hippos, zebras and antelope from their windows or balconies. The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees such as Cluster Leaf, Bush Willow, Mopani, Acacia and many others. There is a wide variety of bird species…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Hornbill Lodge

Located on the shores of the scenic Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, Hornbill Lodge offers charming, intimate accommodation. The lodge features just 5 comfortable rooms, accommodating a maximum of 12 people. This ensures that the lodge never gets overcrowded, making for a relaxing, intimate experience. The chalets at Hornbill are very unique in their design- the round structures are topped with…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Lake Kariba

16-day Zimbabwe Tour

Zimbabwe is one of Africa's key wildlife, nature and safari destinations. The landlocked Southern African country is home to the mighty Zambezi River, one of the largest in Africa; the legendary, world-famous Victoria Falls; and several parks and reserves that are sanctuaries for a plethora of large and small game species. The country also features several ancient and historically-significant sites.…

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Duration: 16 days
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Zambia and Malawi Highlights Tour

On this safari, you will visit the best parks in Malawi and Zambia: Lilongwe National Park, Malawi National Park, South Luangwa National Park for 4 days, Lower Zambezi National Park for 3 days, and Lake Kariba. You will also visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and have the chance to experience the thrill of a helicopter flight over the Falls. On…

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Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings

Lookout for

Black Rhino
Spotted Hyena
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope

Key Species


African Fish Eagl
Bateleur Eagle
Saddlebill Stork
Ground Hornbill
Giant Eagle Owl

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Lizard
Marsh Terrapin


Open Water
Savannah Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7.5
Mammals: 8
Birds: 8
Reptiles: 8.5
Trees: 7
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