Lake Kariba Recreational Park is a game park in the Mashonaland West Province of Zimbabwe and is the second-largest man-made lake in Africa. The shoreline spans over 2,000 kilometres long and is home to diverse fauna and flora, providing a wonderful safari experience. Nestled along the Zambezi River, Lake Kariba Recreational Park is a fine example of the harmony between nature and man. The shoreline of Kariba is a rich grazing area for many wildlife species, which in turn, attracts predators, so safari-goers can expect fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Kariba is the nearest town and is approximately 20 kilometres away, while Harare is about 360 kilometres from the Park.
With lush vegetation and grassy shorelines, Lake Kariba boasts a great source of food and water for the resident wildlife in the area. Buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, and impala thrive in this beautiful environment, which in turn, attracts predators. Lake Kariba teems with Nile crocodiles and hippos and the shores are home to herds of elephants and the famous Big Five, including the elusive leopard. The number of waterbird species is impressive, with the giant kingfisher, fish eagles, and cormorants making a regular appearance. The lake is also home to many different types of fish species, including tigerfish, bream, chessa, bottlenose, vundu, and barbell.
June to October is the best time to visit Lake Kariba for wildlife viewing. However, September and October are hot months. January is the rainy season, and the rain usually comes as afternoon thunderstorms. This time of year is also the birthing season and provides exciting wildlife sightings.
Lake Kariba Recreational Park is a fantastic destination for safari enthusiasts and outdoor adventures. Self-driving opportunities are allowed and are a great way to spot wildlife. Avid anglers can bring along their gear and cast a line from the shores for some epic tiger fishing, while those who would like to explore the area from a different perspective can cruise along the serene waters by boat. There is also a crocodile farm offering plenty of insight into the Nile crocodiles that call this part of Zimbabwe home.
Lake Kariba Recreational Park has 20 camping sites available along the lakeshores, as well as self-catering lodges with modern facilities. Should you require any further information, please contact one of our safari specialists here.