10 Things to do in Kariba, Zimbabwe’s top land and lake experiences!
Lake Kariba is one of the most notable freshwater bodies in the world, yes the world! This fact, coupled with the diverse wildlife roaming the lake’s shores combine to create some truly great land and lake safari holiday memories.
While this colossal water body is famous for offering some of the best tiger fishing safaris on the African continent, Kariba town and its surroundings also have many activities perfectly suited for different tastes.
Key sites & activities to enjoy while on holiday in the Kariba area
Kariba activities easily create unforgettable land and lake experiences regardless of whether you are looking for a family-friendly holiday or an adventure vacation! This vast lake is an all-year-round destination that has several fun things to do, for both adults and children!
Top 3 things to do in Kariba
- Going on the water
- The Town Tour
- Dam wall visit
Going on the lake
The absolute best thing to do while visiting Lake Kariba is to go on to the water. While on the water you enjoy lake experiences like fishing and game viewing from the water. By approaching the shore from the water, you are able to safely view some of the most majestic animals on the planet as they come to quench their thirst. Birding from the water also provides a unique chance to see some of the rarest waterbird species.
Visiting the Dam Wall
The dam wall is a true feat of human ingenuity! Built across the mighty Zambezi river, the wall created the world’s largest water reservoir by volume. Standing at more than 120m high, 500m long, and 13m wide, the dam wall itself is a truly massive structure! The dam took 5 years to complete due to several floods during the wall’s construction and the sheer size of the dam wall.
St Barbra’s Chapel, built-in memory of the construction workers who perished while working on the dam wall, is another top attraction in the town. We will not spoil the tour for you, your guides will share with you more on this memorial.
Kariba town has a rich history dating back to before the construction of the dam began in 1955. The town and lake were built on ancient Tonga tribe lands, hence the area inherited the beliefs of Zimbabwe’s most iconic river tribe. Relics and artefacts of Nyaminyami, the river god, are everywhere and his stories are legend all throughout the region. Take some time to enjoy curio shopping.
Other fun things you can do in the Kariba include visiting the crocodile farm and going on game drives in surrounding wildlife parks. However, the best way to end any tour of the town is to take in the sunset at Kariba Heights viewpoint, drink in hand!.
2022 Lake Kariba Activities and Prices.
There are many packages on offer for travellers who wish to enjoy the best that Kariba has to offer. For current pricing on Lake Kariba activities always contact the provider.
Catamarans, affectionately known as “Tiki boats”, offer safe lake excursions. While on these boats you can hunt for the fighting tiger fish, see wildlife as it comes to the lake for a drink or you just enjoy sailing on the lake.
However, this is just entry-level. Overnight cruises offer the premium Lake Kariba experiences. Luxury houseboats that provide the safari cruise boat experience are beautifully furnished making sure your lake experience is as comfortable as it is memorable.
Popular Lake Kariba Activities (Note: several activities are seasonal and prices change depending on the time of year)
- Lake excursions of Tiki Catemerans
- Swimming Cage at Kariba Safari Lodge
- Relaxing at lodges with swimming pools offering amazing views of the lake and its distant islands
- Fishing on lake. This one of the top activities visitors enjoy on the lake.
- Visiting St Barbra’s Chapel
- Game drives along the shore line
- Visiting the dam wall
- Kariba Heights view point
- Visiting the crocodile farm
Plus one extra, hunting for beautifully handcrafted curios!
Zambezi Cruise and Safaris as the biggest operator in Kariba offers epic land and lake safaris. Talk to us for the best Lake Kariba experiences.