Kariba Town

Kariba is a town on the shore of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba is a great place to fish and enjoy the wild life that visit the shores of the worlds largest man made lake.

Kariba is a town on the shore of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Lake Kariba is a great place to fish and enjoy the wild life that visit the shores of the worlds largest man made lake.

There are a number of small hotels, lodges, holiday cottages, self-catering facilities and campsites dotted among the hills, bays and shorelines of Kariba town from where views of the lake are stunning. Points of interest include the dam wall itself (there is an observation point on the hill above it); The Heights, on a hill 600 m above the lake, with another look-out point, a collection of small shops and craft stalls, a hotel, the Kariba Club (bar/restaurant/swimming pool) and the extraordinarily beautiful little Chapel of Santa Barbara, built in memory of workers who died during construction of the dam. Getting around without a car can be tricky because the town is so spread-out. But minibus tours can be arranged from Kariba's main hotels.

Facilities
There are food supermarkets with a reasonable range of basic goods in Nhamhunga and Mahombekombe, the two small commercial centres at opposite ends of Kariba town. Petrol and diesel are available from fuel stations on the main road through the town or from the various boat harbours widely spread out along the extensive shoreline at the base of the hills. These also supply ice and drinks. It is wise to check availability beforehand, as the laid-back nature of the place can make the provision of visitor facilities a little haphazard!

Kariba Tourism Services

Kariba Highlights Tour
Drive up to the dizzying climax of the Operation Noah Memorial and visit the church of Saint Barbara, built in the shape of the dam wall, in memory of the men who lost their lives during construction of the massive dam wall.  Proceed to the Observation Point for a bird’s eye-view of the wall, then go on to walk on the wall itself.    

Morning or Afternoon Game Drive
Join our experienced guides in open safari 4x4s in search of elephant, buffalo and a variety of plains game around Kariba.

Lunch Cruise
Nothing beats the refreshing lake breeze on a lunchtime cruise – relief from Kariba’s sometimes searing heat. Our cruiser anchors at an island where lunch is served.

Full-Day Lake Cruise
Cruise at leisure into the eastern basin of the lake, only breaking for a mouth-watering lunch either on-board or, with the captain’s blessing, disembark onto the island.