Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made Lake by volume, offering the best fishing safaris in Africa. You will fight to reel in the ferocious game fish known as the Tigerfish.
The surrounding floodplains and islands offer excellent game viewing and bird watching. The unspoilt horizons allow magical African sunsets, made more remarkable by the petrified forests poking out of the water’s edge while you dream of tomorrow’s adventures.
Situated halfway between the source of the Zambezi River and its mouth lies Lake Kariba. Stretching over 223km long and 40 km wide, it forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeastern end and flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. The Lake has several islands with beautiful lodges or camps on them. Alternatively, you can choose one of the many Houseboats and take to the water for your stay while being looked after by an incredible crew who will not only cater for your needs but will extend their knowledge and fishing skills to you.
Wildlife abounds around the Lake. Elephants, hippos and crocodiles, along with various antelope and predators, are often seen. The birdlife is superb, with many migratory birds seen during the hot wet months. The call of the Fish Eagle is the undisputed soundtrack while visiting Lake Kariba.
Fishing is a highlight of any Kariba visit, and you can expect to catch the Tigerfish, Kariba bream, tilapia, barbel, Cornish Jack, the mighty vundu and others. Nighttime vistas include the twinkling lights across the Lake from the Kapenta Rigs. Kapentas are small fish caught in their thousands and then dried in the sun for the local market.
The easiest way to get to Kariba Town, the gateway to the Lake, is by charter flight either to the Kariba airport or directly to your island lodge. Most Lodges will arrange charter flights and will organise additional transfers from the airport by road or boat.