Lake Kariba
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Nearest townKariba

Lake Kariba is a lake in Kariba in the Mashonaland West Province, Kariba flows between Zimbabwe with Zambia. The holiday resort has lodges, cottages, self-catering campsites and hotels which visitors may and wild animals to view.

Visitors Guide

  • When to visit: All year around
  • Fee: Entrance free, and fishing and boating licence required
  • Directions:

Take the A1 Harare to Chirundu national road, 115 KM reach Chinhoyi, 207 KM reach Karoi, 292 KM reach Makuti, 292.4 KM turn left for Kariba, 363 KM reach Kariba Town.

Getting there by air: Air Zimbabwe runs scheduled flights into Kariba linking the resort town with Victoria Falls and Harare via the “Zambezi Triangle” flight route. Flights run three days a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using a 52-seater MA60 aircraft.


The Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made dams in Africa. Its construction displaced the Tonga people who used to live there. The legend of Nyaminyami has inspired art, sculpture and craft work in the Kariba area and provided a livelihood for local people who sell intricately carved wooden walking sticks depicting the snake-like river god to visitors. At the western end of the lake around the Binga area, traditional Tonga skills of wood carving and basket-weaving have been developed into thriving industries the products of which are exported worldwide. Read More


  • houseboat cruising
  • fishing
  • Canoeing
  • game viewing.



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