What to See & Do

Hiring a houseboat is a popular and tranquil way to experience Lake Kariba, as it offers accommodation, game viewing, fishing or simply the opportunity to unwind and relax in the splendor of the natural surroundings all in one. There are a plethora of houseboats available on Lake Kariba, ranging from family size vessels to floating hotels, which can accommodate any group size or budget. All come with a complement of experienced crew, the number of which is dependent on the size and luxury level of the boat. Houseboat safaris offer complete flexibility and can be self-catering or a cook and all meals can be included if required. Click here to view our houseboat accommodation options.

Lake Kariba is renowned for its fishing. The 300 km fresh water lake is home to many types of fish such as; Tiger fish, Bream, Tilapia, Catfish, Barbel and Labeo. At Lake Kariba, fishing is exceptional all year round, but the best time is during the months of September and October, when the annual Tiger Fishing competition is held.

Along the southern shore of Lake Kariba is the Matusadona National Park, one of the lesser known parks in Zimbabwe. This national park is one of the last remaining. Also in the Matusadona National Park you will find the largest concentration of wild lions in Africa (after the Ngorongoro crater). Matusadona is a superb game viewing park with the opportunity to take game drives, walking safaris and boat excursions.

The majority of the animals in the Matusadona National Park are from the ‘Operation Noah’ project. ‘Operation Noah’ refers to the time when Lake Kariba was filling-up with water and the area surrounding the lake was becoming highly dangerous for animals. Most of them were then captured, transported and safely released into the Matusadona National Park. A number of animals can be spotted in this Zimbabwean park, such as; white and black rhino, hippo, crocodile, lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, hyena, waterbuck, sable, zebra, eland, and over 240 species of birdlife.

Visiting the Matusadona National Park near Lake Kariba can be done all year round as the weather is surprisingly pleasant. Winter months are between May and September; however the ‘winter’ is almost as warm as summer - with warm days, clear nights and minimal rain. Most of the rain falls in the summer months with afternoon electrical storms between October and April.

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