Thinking of Kariba is seeing a huge man-made lake, created in the late 50’s, to generate electricity, but in the process creating vast opportunities for wild life to prosper.
Kariba town is usually visited for one night, for an onward transfer to one of the many lodges on the endless shoreline of Lake Kariba. A visit to the dam wall is worth a visit, especially when the gates are open, but this happens maybe once in two years. The small church at kariba Heights, near the dam wall serves as a monument which tells the story of the construction of the dam. Quite a heroic exercise indeed!
A multiple day journey by house boat is certainly an affordable and attractive option to consider, especially for groups. A house boat does what it says: it provides a home on the water, simple but comfortable, a very relaxing journey, with excellent cooks on board.
Currently access to kariba is a bit taxing: from Victoria Falls either by air charter, or by road through Zambia which takes a full day with two border crossings, or by road and ferry between Mbilizi and Kariba, a 24 – hour trip, or by road via Binga and Karoi (but this option is only for very experienced and patient 4 x 4 enthusiasts, since the road can only be described in one word: terrible! By tar road from Vicfalls via Bulawayo, Chegutu and Chinoyi, a 2 – day trip.
We sincerely hope that by the time you read this there is a scheduled flight Harare – Kariba – Victoria Falls, making life much easier and making this gem more accessible!!