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Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

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Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
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The largest man-made lake in the world, covering nearly 6 000 square kilometres, abundant with wildlife.

Lake Kariba is a destination that holds much fascination and a Zimbabwe vacation to this idyllic safari destination offers fantastic fishing, breathtaking sunsets, and spectacular views. It lies approximately 1 300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

History of Lake Kariba

An engineering feat, Lake Kariba was built in the 1950s. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba dam wall at its northeastern end, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River.

Operation Noah was a subsequent rescue operation of more than 6000 animals from the rising waters. The wildlife was relocated to Matusadona National Park and the area around Lake Kariba. Today the Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station provides electricity to Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Activities and experiences on Lake Kariba

Covering nearly 6 000 square kilometres, Lake Kariba is abundant with life and a prime spot for a Zimbabwe safari. Game viewing by boat, cruising along the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park, offers up close and personal encounters with wildlife. The park is a stronghold for elephants and black rhinos. Other sightings for safari-goers will include an array of aquatic birdlife as well as several sightings of crocodiles and hippos.

Time on Lake Kariba while on a holiday in Zimbabwe includes exploring its islands and inlets, and most certainly some quality time for fishing. Tiger fishing draws fishermen from around the world. The more relaxed fishermen can try their hand at bream fishing while sipping on a cocktail, hopefully catching their dinner for the evening, from lake to plate!

A safari to Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe with Jenman African Safaris

With some of the world’s greatest wildlife, Botswana and Zimbabwe are perfect safari partners. The 15-day Intimate Botswana and Zimbabwe Encounter includes a houseboat safari on Lake Kariba. Travellers will get to explore the incredible tourist attractions of Hwange National Park and Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe while there are also stops in Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Make your vacation to Lake Kariba an unforgettable experience with the 9-day Highlights of Zimbabwe safari package. Wild and untamed and with some of the best game viewing on offer, the spectacular Victoria Falls and time in the wilderness that is Mana Pools National Park are also included in this trip.

Journey to the shores of Lake Kariba on the Grand Zimbabwe holiday package. You will further fulfil your cultural curiosity with visits to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins and the Zimbabwe capital of Harare.

JENMAN African Safaris has a range of Africa safari packages that allow you to experience the very best of Zimbabwe and the rest of the continent.

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