Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Stretching over 300 kilometres in length and covering an area of 5 000 square kilometres, the man-made Lake Kariba, filled between 1958 and 1963, is a veritable inland sea located on the mighty Zambezi River.

Flanked on all sides by pristine nature reserves, this exceptional water mass is a testament to human ingenuity and not only contributes to the people of Zimbabwe and Zambia but also to a flourishing diversity of game, fish and birdlife.

Many a memorable moment can be shared on the lake from fishing for the powerful tiger fish off a houseboat, as the sun displays its final colours before melting into the horizon, to game viewing by boat or on an interpretive guided walking safari. Not-to-be missed is the annual tiger fishing competition held in September.

Enjoy the opportunity to view elephant, buffalo and African wild dog. Other highlights include sable, soan antelope, hippo, nile crocodile, lion, leopard, kudu, zebra, impala, waterbuck, giraffe, wildebeest, African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyena. Birdwatchers are spoilt for choice as they can experience an excellent array of birdlife.

Why Visit

  • Africa’s largest man-made dam.
  • The lake is studded with islands and flanked by mountains.
  • It’s Zambia’s undiscovered riveira.
  • Offers spectacular views, stunning sunset, great fishing, boating opportunities.


Min 14°C/58°F Max 38°C/86°F

Min 5°C/41°F Max 20°C/68°F

Lake Kariba Map

Lake Kariba