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Extraordinary Sightings on Lake Kariba


At Wild Nectar, we’re always on the lookout for unusual itineraries and this Southern Africa Riverboat Safari is a rare find. Instead of only heading out on a game drive in safari vehicles, why not take in the lush flora and fauna happily dwelling on the shores of Lake Kariba? You can see amazing happenings by riverboat!


Lake Kariba is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and stretches across the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam at its northeastern end. The lake is over 139 miles long (223 km) and 25 miles wide (40 km).


Here are some of the outrageous experiences and sightings you can have on Lake Kariba:


Spectacular Vistas: Lake Kariba is known for its stunning natural beauty. As you cruise along the lake, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the water, the surrounding hills, and the wildlife-rich shoreline. Given how few visitors come to this region, you’re assured some deep peace in this stunning location.


Wildlife Viewing: The shoreline of Lake Kariba is home to an abundance of wildlife. You can spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and a wide variety of bird species as you glide through the waters. Keep an eye out for the lake's famous tigerfish. As part of this riverboat safari, explore Matusadona National Park, where you’ll disembark. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume rivers, the park's 540 square miles of untouched terrain is home to elephants, Cape buffalo, impala, waterbucks, side-striped jackals and more. You’ll also look for lions—though sometimes they are hard to spot. Only two prides inhabit the park—about 40 in all. These lions are adept hunters, even killing crocodiles on occasion.

Sunset Cruises: Lake Kariba is renowned for its incredible sunsets. Imagine cruising along on a riverboat that provides the perfect vantage point to witness the sun setting over the lake in a blaze of colors. It's a magical experience that you won't want to miss.


Bird Watching: Lake Kariba is a bird-watching paradise. The lake and its surroundings are home to a diverse array of bird species. Keep an eye out for African fish eagles, herons, cormorants, African finfoots, spurwing geese, great-white pelicans, goliath herons and the quirky jacana among so many others. Bird enthusiasts will have a field day with their binoculars and cameras.


Island Exploration: Lake Kariba is dotted with islands and these islands often offer unique ecosystems, plant life, and even ancient rock art sites to discover.


Stargazing: The clear night skies over Lake Kariba provide excellent stargazing opportunities. On a riverboat far from city lights, you can marvel at the southern hemisphere's constellations and enjoy a serene, celestial experience.


Deep Peace: One of the most special aspects of a riverboat experience on Lake Kariba is the serenity and tranquility of the lake. You can unwind, enjoy the sound of lapping water, and disconnect from the hustle and striving of your daily life.


I hope I’ve convinced you to add Lake Kariba to your bucket list. Whether you’re planning your first safari or your fifth, including Lake Kariba is a great way to add a diverse set of activities and animal sightings to your experience. Contact us and we’ll help you plan your safari today!

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