Lake Kariba is the result of a massive damming project undertaken in 1958 to flood an area of the Zambezi Valley in order to create a hydroelectric power plant for Zimbabwe and Zambia. Many hundreds of local people were displaced in order to flood the valley, and many animals were relocated in the months before the floodgates finally opened. The lake is 282km long, and the dam is 24m thick at its base.

The town of Kariba is an eclectic mixture of fishing boats, luxury hotel complexes and local township streets. There is no centre as such but the shores of the lake are dotted with campsites, small bed and breakfast guesthouses and hotels.

Views from the surrounding hilltops are beautiful and sunsets are spent very peacefully watching palm swifts dart in and out of their nests, and the silhouettes of the submerged trees grow to shadows in the dusk.

The Lake itself is a popular destination for fishing, boating, game watching and relaxing. Many visitors take a house boat with a crew and drift off to explore the many secluded inlets and islands which are home to a good variety of animal and bird life, as well as 42 species of fish.

The fishing is excellent with opportunity to catch tiger fish, bream, carp and black bass. Many hippos make the lake their home, as well as crocodiles, and the Matusodona National Park, Chete and Charara Safari Areas on the shores of the lake offer a great opportunity to see some of the larger of Zimbabwe\’s game animals such as elephant and buffalo.

Chizarira National Park is the most remote of Zimbawe\’s wildlife areas and is located 50km inland from Kariba. The landscape is a rolling mass of mountains, river gorges, flood plains and plateaus. Animal life includes tssesebe, buffalo, roan and sable antelope and zebra.

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Musango Safari Camp is an exclusive 16 bed camp situated just off the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park. Musango is the only owner run safari camp on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.

Just a short flight away from Victoria Falls or Kariba, Musango offers an abundance of wildlife and bird life, with a wide selection of activities available or the option to simply relax.

The Musango activities include walking safaris, Big 5 game drives, boating safaris, cultural tours, sailing trips to Starvation Island and tiger fishing on the famous Lake Kariba. The activities offered are fun, informal and operated by trained and experienced guides.

Walking safaris provide guests the experience of tracking and photographing a wide variety of wildlife. Musango was involved in the re-introduction of black rhino into the Matusadona National Park, and guests can track the wild black rhino on foot within the park.

The Musango game drives are conducted across the water on the mainland in a classic game vehicle where guests can discover the prolific wildlife inhabiting the area.

Lake Kariba is a fantastic fishing location, and Musango caters for both novice and experienced fishermen. The famous tiger fish is found in abundance in the lake in addition to a variety of other species.

Musango offers cultural visits to the local village, Musampa, where guests can learn about the local culture and lifestyle.

Sailing to Starvation Island is a unique way to explore the bird life and wildlife in the area and view the spectacular Kariba sunsets. Musango offers trips to the island onboard a 23 foot catamaran.

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  • Rooms: 8
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  • Special Interests: Birding, Fishing, Flora, Hiking, Indigenous Culture Art, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife
  • Location: Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe