Wildlife Ratings

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

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Spotted Hyena
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Impala
Sable Antelope
Roan Antelope
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Dzimbabwe Houseboat, Lake Kariba Full Board, Self-catering
Dzimbabwe Lodge Full Board, Self-catering
Matusadona Houseboat, Kariba Super Luxury Full Board

Tours & Trips (click on the links below)

Tour / Trip Budget Duration
Zambia and Malawi Highlights Tour 17 days / 16 nights

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Recent Sightings

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Buffalo
Hippo


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


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
African Lizard
Marsh Terrapin


TREES
Mopane
Baobab
Marula


HABITAT TYPES
Open Water
Riverine
Savannah Woodland