In 1955 a point on the Zambezi River known as "kariwa" (a trap) became a hive of activity with the construction of the Kariba dam wall. The wall was sealed at the end of 1958 despite a 1000-year flood and repeated warnings by the local tribe that the River God, Nyaminyami had an unsettled score.
World media attention focussed on the new township at Kariba in the early 1960's during Operation Noah when Rupert Fothergill and his team undertook the biggest animal rescue ever. An epic drama unfolded as wildlife was saved from the rising waters of the new Lake and largely relocated in Matusadona. The surrounds of Lake Kariba became a fascinating turmoil of ecological change - parts of which now teem with an abundance of flora and fauna in a striking and diverse terrain. Kariba was officially declared a town in 1977.
-Tented, walking and canoeing safaris
-Lodges and bushcamps
-Houseboats, cruisers and sailing adventures
-"One day" safari options, walks, canoe trips, game drives and cruises
-Fishing safaris on Lake Kariba and the lower Zambezi River
-Kariba is located in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe on the north eastern border with Zambia, 365km from the Zimbabwean capital Harare.
-The town is spread along approximately 20km of the Lake Kariba shoreline with its western boundary on the Zambezi River.
-The town has a population of approximately 30,000 inhabitants concentrated in the Nyamhunga and Mahombekombe townships, with smaller communities on The Heights, Chawara, Charara and Camphill.
-Lonely Planet has described Kariba as an "unconsolidated two level jumble," topographically it's very hilly similar to parts of Matusadona and Kaburi and it doesn't have a distinguishable centre don't expect to see a lot if you arrive without a plan.
If you have your own vehicle connect with Victoria Falls via the ferry (22 hours - prebooking essential) or via Zambia (the road is safe and in "reasonable" repair, don't consider riding with a hired vehicle), the "back" road via Binga/Magunge/Karoi is not recommended unless you're fully equipped, the trip via Bulawayo is tarred but tedious.
If you plan your own excursion into Mana Pools (prebooking essential), Matusadona or Chizarira then come fully self-sufficient.
The climate is generally tropical with three reasonably distinguishable seasons. A hot rainy season from late November to March, a cool dry season from May to August and a very hot dry season from September to November. Annual rainfall ranges from 400mm (16 inches) in the Valley to about 700mm (28 inches) on the plateau. Winter temperatures rarely go below 13 degrees C (55 degrees Fahrenheit), day time temperatures hover at about 40 degrees C (104 degrees Fahrenheit) during the hot months.
Provided By: The Zambezi Safari And Travel Co. Ltd.
Self-catering lodges in woodlands near Harare
Harare, Zimbabwe Bed & Breakfasts
Spacious thatched chalets in wooded hills 20 km east of Harare on the way to Mozambique (Tete) and Malawi. Clean and comfortable accommodation with small conference room. Self-catering. Kitchen & Braai facilities. Swimming pool....
Starting at $30 Per Night
Victoria Falls Backpackers
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Youth Hostels
Welcome to Victoria Falls Backpackers, recommended by: Lonely Planet, Rough Guide & Let's Go as well as all our previous guests...........
$15 Per Night
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Youth Hostels
Looking for a Campsite with spectacular views? Then Worlds View campsite is the place to stay!...
$15 Per Night
Adventure Safaris in Southern Africa
Eastern Highlands, Zimbabwe Motorcycle Tours
Adventure Mobile Camping & Canoeing Safaris, Horse Riding & Walking Holidays, Fishing and Houseboat Vacations - Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba, Botswana, Zambia. We arrange Safari Tours to Suit You with Transfers and Regional Flights...
$200 Per Night
The Zambezi Safari and Travel Co.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Kayaking & Canoeing
A comprehensive guide to safaris and adventures from Victoria Fall and the Zambezi Valley - maps, facts, safaris and adventures in Zimbabe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia...
Pearls Tours Victoria Falls - Accommodation
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Sight-Seeing Tours
We are a Tour Operator in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe specializing in Accommodation Reservations, Tours, airport and inter-hotel transfers, game drives and many other activities....
From $50 Per Night
.Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Bed & Breakfasts
Tucked away on the lower slopes of a tree-covered hillside in the Eastern district of Zimbabwe....
$41 Per Night
Bulawayo Burn Side Cottage
.Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Youth Hostels
It is one bedroom with two single beds in it, then there is a lounge with two sleeper couches. Therefore...
Flame Tree Lodge
Harare, Zimbabwe Bed & Breakfasts
Situated in the leafy suburbs of Harare, our lodge acquired its name from the two beautiful old 'Flame' trees which compliment the tranquil setting....
$60 Per Night
Harare, Zimbabwe Youth Hostels
Simba B & B is located in the Northern-Western part of Harare, at Westgate. From Simba you can take a tax...
$35 Per Night
|Link Code |