Lake Kariba

Offering spectacular scenery, stunning sunsets and amazing fishing opportunities, Lake Kariba is Zambia’s undiscovered Riviera. The world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir, by sheer volume of water, Lake Kariba runs along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and offers a vast array of game viewing and watersports in addition to fishing.

Kariba lies 1,300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam, flooding the Kariba Gorge on the Zambezi River. Before it was filled, the vegetation that grew there was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that then became the lake bed. Boasting a mainly sunny climate, it can get hot in mid-summer, but even mid-winter days are warm and the nights balmy. The sheer size of Lake Kariba makes one forget it's a dam and in certain places it almost feels like an ocean.

The flora and fauna around the shore of the lake attracts many different wildlife species which in turn attract resident predators making it a great place to view the animals in their natural habitat. The lake itself is an immensely popular fishing destination and is home to the renowned Tigerfish as well as over 40 other fish species. This fertile lake bed has resulted in many species of fish being introduced, like the kapenta which is a sardine-like fish. The lake is also home Nile crocodiles and hippo. Tigerfish feast on the kapenta and fish eagles and water birds like the cormorant can be seen on the shoreline as well as occasional visiting herds of elephants. Whether you are big game fishing for tiger fish, canoeing or on a game drive, there is plenty to see and enjoy at Lake Kariba.