Lake Kariba is one of the largest man- made dams in Africa, Kariba is usually referred to as a lake because of its vastness and scenic beauty. It offers a great, easy to access destination for relaxing getaways, excellent fishing, fantastic sunsets, and a variety of water sports. Views of the Lake stretch for miles, and one could even imagine you’re at the Ocean. Located on the southern border of Zambia, Lake Kariba is warm all year round, making it perfect for a sunny retreat!
Lake Kariba is Zambia’s undiscovered Riveira! It offers spectacular views, stunning sunsets, great fishing, boating opportunities, water sports or wonderful relaxing holidays or weekends just soaking up the sunshine.
The weather here is mostly sunny and fine. It can get quite hot in mid-summer, but even mid-winter days are warm and the nights are balmy.
This is Africa’s largest man-made dam, 226km long and in places up to 40 km wide. It provides considerable electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe and supports a thriving commercial fishing industry. The sheer size of it makes one forget it’s a dam and in certain places it almost feels like an ocean.
Some of the Things to Do:
Sport fishing - is good and the major lodges offer boats and tackle. Further down the lake shore at Sinazongwe, the annual Tiger Fishing Competition attracts anglers from all over the subcontinent and is held in May.
A trip on a houseboat - is highly recommended. The tranquility of watching the deep orange sun sink on the one side of the lake and the moon rise over the shimmering waters on the other is very special. Try Lake Kariba Inns or Lake Safari Lodge if you need to launch a boat at Siavonga.
Sightseeing - Kariba Dam Wall – there are spectacular views over the Lake from the Dam Wall as well as down the Kariba gorge. A display describes the building and provides some impressive statistics.
PowerStation – an engineering achievement steeped in legend of trial and tribulation.
The Chirundu Fossil Forest – near Chirundu on the road to Lusaka there is a 150 million year old fossil forest exposed on the roadside. Stone Age implements can be found here indicating that the locals have used the fossliized wood to make stone implements.
FISHING - The Tiger Fish is considered one of the finest game fish and specimens of seven pounds are not uncommon. The nutrients flowing from the town into the Lake sustains a productive habitat that attracts the fish making fishing in Siavonga a rewarding pastime.
WATER SPORTS - Jet-skis, houseboating, sailing and water skiing are all available at Siavonga. A visit to Siavonga is incomplete without at least one sunset on the Lake taking in the breath-taking views and tranquil scenery over this majestic expanse of water. The sight of a full moon rising across the Lake is a treat you will never forget.