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Kariba Familiarisation Trip for International Agents – May 2024: Detailed Itinerary

Zambezi Cruise & Safaris, one of Zimbabwe’s leading hospitality groups offering unique land and lake experiences, is inviting international agents and tour operators for a post Africa’s Travel Indaba Familiarisation Trip to Kariba (Zimbabwe) 19th – 22nd May 2024.

The trip is designed to provide a unique personal experience of the destination as well as showcase the newly refurbished Zambezi Trader and the rest of the cruise fleet/lodges and safari camps. During this trip, you will visit Kariba Safari Lodge and Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel. Agents will also tour Kariba Town and enjoy a two-night Lake Kariba cruise on the Zambezi Trader houseboat.

A post-Famil add-on to Mana Pools is also on offer for interested agents. Limited spaces are available for the 2-night site inspection of Mana Pools Safari Lodge.

Famil Trip Itinerary

  • Tour of Kariba Town (including visits to the Dam wall, the Church of Santa Barbara and the Kariba Viewpoint)
  • Sundowner Cruise along Lake Kariba
  • Evening beach braai dinner
  • A 2-night Houseboat cruise on Lake Kariba aboard the Zambezi Trader
  • Exploration of Matusadona National Park with the National Parks Foundation
  • Dinner onboard the Zambezi Trader
  • Tender boat-based activities including fishing as well as game viewing
  • Specialist talks of Lake Kariba and its wildlife and Tongan people.
  • River boat transfers to Mana Pools National Park
  • Guided game drives and walks in Mana Pools National Park

Kariba Fam Trip – $385 per person

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation at Kariba Safari Lodge/Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel and houseboats, with all transfers
  • Meals
  • Selected beverages
  • National park fees
  • Game drives and tender boat-based activities.
  • Local transfers.

Post Mana Pools Fam Trip – $265 per person

Rate Includes:

  • Accommodation at Mana Pools Safari Lodge
  • All meals, selected beverages
  • National park fees,
  • Game drives and riverboat transfers.

Witness the magic of Lake Kariba: Four-Day Itinerary

  • DAY 1

Sunday 19th May 2024 (Kariba Arrival)

Arrive in Kariba followed by a transfer to Kariba Safari Lodge or Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel. Once in Kariba, you will tour all our lodges. You will also visit the dam wall and other Kariba town sites. The town visit is followed by a sundowner sail on one of the TIKKI Catamarans or Sundowner Cruise boats. This evening’s dinner will be a beach Braai at Kariba Safari Lodge.

  • DAY 2

Monday 20th of May 2024 (Depart Kariba for a 2 Day Cruise —Zambezi Trader)

We set sail on our Cruise Boat to cross the lake bound for  Matusadona National Park for an afternoon of exploring the park by road with the African Parks Foundation and from our various tender boats, which are also perfect for those keen on a spot of fishing. This evening dinner will be served onboard the Zambezi Trader cruiseboat.

  • Day 3

Tuesday 21st of May 2024 (Lake Kariba Cruise – Zambezi Trader)

Cruise Day on Lake Kariba. Activities available include game viewing, fishing, and specialist talks about the lake, its wildlife and Tongan people. Lunch and dinner will be served on board Zambezi Trader.

  • Day 4

Wednesday 22nd May 2024 (Lake Kariba Cruise – Zambezi Trader)

Cruise back to Kariba, disembark and then catch a flight back to Harare.


Lake Kariba, located in northeastern Zimbabwe, the world’s largest man-made lake by volume is the “hidden riviera” of Southern Africa. The majestic lake is a vast expanse of water as far as the eye can see with the Zambezi Escarpment in the backdrop. This picturesque destination offers a diverse array of experiences to enjoy the wildlife-rich shorelines of both Kariba and Matusadona National Park and is fast becoming a popular inclusion in safari itineraries to Zimbabwe. Kariba, an often overlooked destination, provides an uncrowded opportunity to explore the Lake Kariba & Matusadona National Park either by land or on water. Lake Kariba is a unique destination that has a diversity of activities to suit the interests of all travellers.


Kariba Safari Lodge is a beautifully built property that won The ZTA Tourism Best New Product of Zimbabwe in 2019. The property sits on 40 acres of a forested hillside which slopes down towards the lake shore. Kariba Safari Lodge has a private sandy beach and a 15m swimming cage which allows visitors to swim directly in the lake without fear of crocodiles or hippos. Each of the nine lodges and eight suites has sweeping views of the lake below and is elegantly furnished to reflect the colours and scenery of the surrounding forest.


Clean swimming pool at Crowned Eagle Boutique hotel with a view of Lake Kariba

Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel is a charming colonial-style property with 13 deluxe rooms and magnificent views of the lake and the Matusadona Mountain range on the distant horizon.


Kariba town is steeped in history, visitors can choose from an array of activities which include game drives, visiting St Barbra’s Chapel & Kariba Heights viewpoint, walking on the spectacular Dam Wall 350 feet above the Zambezi and many more.

ZCS has a sailing fleet of five catamarans that can be hired as a flotilla; or individually for day trips and sunset cruising on private boats; or fishing tours with guides who can teach you how to catch the fighting Tiger fish or Niloticus Bream.

Lake Explorations on board The Zambezi Cruise Fleet: The ultimate relaxation!

A wildlife cruise on Kariba is about as good as it gets and offers real cruising distances daily of 4-6 hrs. This isn’t a floating lodge in a tourist-drenched destination as exists on the Chobe. Our fleet of 10 vessels varies in size from private charter boats of 2-4 cabins to the Zambezi Trader at 29 cabins over 4 decks.



Katete Safari Lodge Bumi Hills

The lodge is undergoing a major refurbishment and is expected to open at the end of 2024 and will offer ultraluxe accommodation to match the exceptional wildlife experience.

Namembere Island Safari Camp

Namembere Island Safari Camp, a 6000-acre private wildlife concession, is a new and exciting barefoot product on the largest island of Lake Kariba.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance: intl-res@zambezicruisesafaris.com

We look forward to welcoming you onboard our May 2024 Kariba Famil Trip.

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