Africa Tours and Safaris
Lake Kariba

The Kariba Dam wall has a height of 128 m and produces a lake of 5200km² in area at full capacity.  With a storage capacity at an immense 185 cubic km, and a maximum depth of 97m, Kariba is one of the world's largest man-made reservoirs. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam.  The dam wall was built across the Kariba Gorge to harness the river’s flow to generate hydroelectric power.  This endeavor displaced about 57,000 local tribes-people, and over 5000 wild animals.  Over the years, several ecological difficulties at Lake Kariba have been researched and documented.  And the enormous mass of water is believed to have caused induced seismicity in the seismically active region, including over 20 earthquakes of greater than 5 magnitudes on the Richter scale.

Despite this history, Lake Kariba remains a special place of incredible beauty: nestled in mountains with the white limbs of dead trees reaching up from the water, Lake Kariba is a photographer's dream.  The Zimbabwe side of the lake has about 1000 km of shoreline, with sun-baked African hills, placid backwaters and numerous islands.  Covering nearly 6 000 square km, Lake Kariba is abundant with life.  Game fish, including Tiger Fish thrive in its waters, and Fish Eagle, cormorant and other water birds patrol the shorelines.  Elephant, crocodile and hippo are commonly seen as well.  Game viewing and fishing can be done by boat.

Accommodation
1. Tiger Bay and Chura Bush Camp situated a short distance from each other. They are both set on the banks of the Ume River, an area which has been described as one of the most unique and scenic parts of Lake Kariba.  

2. Spurwing Island Lodge is situated on Lake Kariba in the middle of one of Africa’s most spectacular lakes, overlooked by the majestic Matusadona Mountains.

3. Caribbea Bay is a Mediterranean-styled resort, situated on the shore of Lake Kariba. With the opportunity to experience the thrill of tiger fishing and game viewing during the day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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