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Lake Kariba is located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It is known for its wonderful sunsets, serene boat trips and idyllic seclusion which makes it a memorable destination.

There is excellent wildlife to see here and the best sightings are usually found along Lake Kariba’s southern shore with boat and canoe safaris being a particularly good way of seeing animals here. The birdwatching is also excellent with high numbers of African fish eagle spotted as well as saddle-billed storks, goliath herons and African skimmers. For those that venture here, it is the remoteness and seclusion that really sets this part of the Zimbabwe apart.

The lake is man-made and was created after the construction of the Kariba Dam which was finished in 1958. The lake itself is mightily impressive, especially at the end of the day as the sun sets over the water, and much of the surrounding land is dedicated to either national parks, such as Matusadona, or conservancies. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Nile crocodile, African fish eagle, hippo, saddle-billed stork, waterbuck
  • Where: Zimbabwe – Zambia border, Zimbabwe

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Wild Zimbabwe

Enjoy game drives, walks and canoe safaris in Zimbabwe's premier wildlife and wilderness locations. Explore the rivers and floodplains of Mana Pools, admire the sunsets and the seclusion of Lake Kariba and witness the wildlife of Hwange National Park – home to huge numbers of elephants.

  • When to go: Apr-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,725 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea