Lake Kariba is a man-made expanse of water that is in the vicinity of Victoria Falls and would be a short jump to a safari with a difference.
This destination offers an opportunity for the african eco-tourism enthusiast to take advantage of the beauty, fishing and photography opportunities that this lake offers. Where Victoria Falls showcases the Zambezi River and its thunderous drop over the knife-edge of the waterfall to the tumultuous ferocity of the narrow gorges, Lake Kariba encompasses a quieter beauty, a laidback experience with a slow cruise past the riverbanks and wildlife. The wildlife can be viewed leisurely from the comfort of the open air decks of the houseboat with a cool breeze and drinks to hand.
Lake Kariba Houseboats – The Abangane
The Abangane is an 18 metre twin-hulled houseboat, which can accommodate between 12 and 15 visitors. It features open air decks that do not hinder the expansive views of the lake and the stunning african sunsets. You will be served cold drinks from the bar and dinner on the upper deck by the crew on board. A gas braai (or barbecue) complement the cooking facilities for those who would like to take over being the chef. A shower is also situated on the upper deck with a small splash pool, as well as an iPod dock.
The lower deck provides two cabins/changing rooms, two toilets, a fully equipped kitchen, two shower rooms and fridges and deep freezers.
Beds are set up on the upper deck under mosquito nets allowing you to sleep out in the open air under the african stars. This is much cooler than sleeping in the cabins. You don’t have to listen hard to hear the night life noises on the nearby shore clearly over the water.
Kariba Fishing Safaris
Kariba is famous for Tiger Fish which is a ferocious fighter and will give any fisherman a fight on the line. Other fish species include vundu, barbel, bottlenose, nkupi, tilapia and different bream varieties that grow to a spectacular size and will make a delicious meal.
The crew knows the best fishing spots and will take you on the two twin-hulled rafts with outboard motors. These give access to shallower waters and rich fishing grounds.
The rafts are towed behind the Abangane, but may only be used during daylight hours on the Lake.
Kariba Photographic Safaris
Once on the Abangane you sail north-east to the Chete Safari area, the Sengwe River and can also visit the Matusadona National Park. On the return trip you stop at Elephant Bay before returning to harbour.
This journey provides unparalleled opportunities for game viewing, bird spotting, fishing and experiencing the beauty and magic of the Lake Kariba shoreline. Regular sighting of hippo, elephants and crocodile are common, as well as an occasional leopard.
Bird viewing is prolific and include birdlife such as the Narina Trogon, the Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Weavers, Angola pitta, Rollers, Flycatchers, Sunbirds and Parrots. The waterfowl and raptors are also many and varied.
So don’t forget your binoculars and cameras.