When Lake Kariba was constructed in 1959 it was the largest man-made lake in the world and still remains the largest by volume. For first time visitors, the magnitude of this dam is comparable to the size of an ocean. Nowhere else in Africa can one cruise these vast distances upon such a remote and untouched wilderness. A photographer’s paradise, wide-sweeping landscapes and stunning sunsets with the backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment are renowned as some of the best wildlife photos in the world.
Things To Do
Best time to travel to Kariba
Lake Kariba is generally hot all year round. The hottest weather is during the southern hemisphere summer (October to April). Peak humidity occurs with the start of the rainy season in October. The rains which normally consist of short intense afternoon thunderstorms usually last until April.
The best time to travel to Lake Kariba is between May and July. During this period the weather is dry, calm and slightly cooler. Tiger fishing is good throughout the year on Lake Kariba. However, early summer (September to December) is the best tiger fishing season. The rainy season is great for birding while the dry season (May to September) is good for land-based game viewing. There isn’t a bad time to visit Kariba – there are just times that are better for some activities than others.