Siavonga is the so-called ‘Riviera of Zambia’, the weekend breakaway destination of choice for Lusaka’s more affluent residents and tourists.

It has also become a popular conference and team-building destination, and the incredible selection of hotels catering to that market is testimony to this fact. A comfortable 2.5-hour drive from Lusaka, Siavonga also offers visitors various guest houses, self-catering accommodation and campsites. There are no options to get to Siavonga directly by air. Those visiting for leisure are generally watersport enthusiasts, with boating and fishing the main recreational activities. The scenic landscapes around the lake and surrounding areas make this a popular place for photographers and artists.

Plan Your Trip

Visitors travelling to Siavonga from neighbouring Zimbabwe are able to cross into Zambia at the Siavonga Border Post. This is situated 7.2 km (4.5 mi) north of Siavonga town, with the crossing open from 06h00 until 20h00 daily. It is advisable to have your own vehicle when visiting as the hilly landscape, distances and shortage of taxis make walking a chore in the heat. Most people visit Siavonga to enjoy Lake Kariba and related activities. Although Siavonga is not an area for game viewing, the birdlife is diverse. Visits to the Chirundu fossil forest and Kariba dam wall offer glimpses of Zambia’s past and present. On the lake itself, you can try your hand at various watersports, like riding a jet ski, or tackling the legendary Tiger Fish, said to be one of the finest fighting fish around.