Located on the Zambezi River, Lake Kariba is the world's largest artificial lake and reservoir. Lying along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe the lake lies 1300 kilometres upstream from the Indian Ocean. The lake was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam. The lake is home to a rich ecology, hosting a number of fish species including sardine-like kapenta and game fish such as tigerfish. The lake's other inhabitants include nile crocodiles, hippos, good elephant populations on the lake shore and an abundance of water birds including fish eagles and cormorants.
The Matusadona National Park is a Big 5 protected wildlife area with shorelines on Lake Kariba. Its rugged wilderness is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the endangered black rhino and it also holds strong populations of most mammals including 1000 strong herds of buffalo and the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa after the Ngorongoro Crater.
On holidays to Lake Kariba and Matusado you'll find the shoreline of Lake Kariba is home to a few very good safari lodges which offer walks and drives into the park as well as boat and canoe trips. Tiger Fishing is also extremely popular here. The Lake is famous for its dramatic vistas and spectacular sunsets, with the Matusadona Mountains providing a stunning background. The park is usually accessed via light aircraft into the Bumi Hills airstrip.
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Overlooking Lake Kariba, from this lodge enjoy boat trips, bush walks and game drives to take in the surrounding natural beauty. After a hard day exploring relax in your well-appointed room or fully unwind in the wellness spa.
Set on the shores of Lake Kariba and with vistas of the Matusadona Mountains, Changa Safari Camp boasts well-furnished, spacious tents that overlook the lake. Catch tiger fish on fishing excursions and embark on guided walks.
Situated on its own island, this camp is an unusual and very special choice for exploring the Matusadona National Park. Enjoy tiger fishing, the chance to take on walking, canoe safaris and see the Big 5.
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