Holidays to Lake Kariba, Zambia

The largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba is an adventure–filled hub of wildlife and activity. First created 1958, this magnificent marine spread and its islands took more than six years to build – and it’s easy to see that it was well worth the effort. This alluring expanse of water is 226 kilometres long and, at its widest, 40 kilometres across. With its stunning sunsets, beautiful boat rides and fruitful fishing opportunities, there is no other place quite like it.

This part of Zambia is a tranquil, lush and magical land. The scenic beauty of the lake is truly breathtaking and exploring this expanse is best done at a leisurely pace. Take an overnight cruise on a luxury boat and see this aquatic wonderland from the water itself. Bird watch under the deep blue skies, crocodile spot from the deck or just put your feet up and enjoy the view.

If you’re looking for some authentic lakeside living on your trip, why not try staying on a houseboat? There are many clusters of these attractive lodgings along the lake and you'll feel part of a small community, but with plenty of your own space.

Water sports are exceedingly popular on the lake, from extreme sports like wake-boarding lessons, to more gentle group canoeing trips. For a truly exhilarating experience, you could always see the sights by speed boat and stop for a spot of fishing whilst in the deep of the lake. Tiger fish, bream, purple labeo and even electric catfish all inhabit Kariba. These fish thrive in the potent waters of Lake Kariba, and the area bustles with activity around the world-famous Tiger Fish Tournament, held annually at the lake each October.

After a day of action, wind down whilst watching the sunset with a glass of wine and let the magic of this stunning lake soothe you. The evenings are spectacular here – the moon and shimmering stars that glitter over the lake make nights here unlike nights anywhere else, and its beauty will stay with you long after you return home.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a range of watersports

  • Visit the local crocodile farm

  • Admire the wildlife with a game viewing experience

  • Relax by the lake at sunset

  • Head out on an overnight cruise

Jody
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I adore Africa and have lived and worked in South Africa as well as travelling across the wider region. Spotting a leopard during a night safari at Nambiti Private Game Reserve is definitely an experience I'll remember forever.

Map of Lake Kariba