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Lake Kariba Accommodation, Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe is blessed with breath-taking scenery, amazing bird and wildlife and some of the best fishing waters in Southern Africa. The weather, although extremely hot in some seasons is idyllic, so it’s no wonder a variety of accommodation options have sprung up.

Lake Kariba is a vast wilderness area, with the lake extending for more than 280kms. So, it’s not exactly over developed at this stage, which is part of the magic…its isolation.

What are the different Lake Kariba accommodation options?

For those unfamiliar with Kariba, it can be a bit confusing as to where to stay. We have outlined the options below and hope that this will make it clearer for you.

Houseboats on the lake itself, based out of both Kariba town and Binga.
• Hotels, lodges, self-catering and camping in and around Kariba Town on the extreme eastern end of the Lake, by the Kariba dam wall.
• A handful of beautiful Safari lodges dotted around the eastern basin, on the islands and the mainland extending just past the Ume river.
• Minimal hotel options in Binga and Mlibizi at the western end of the lake.
Matusadona National Parks chalets and camping.

Safari Lodge/Camp

Lake Kariba accommodation options

2020 Rates

Lake Kariba is a very noteworthy safari destination, although mistakenly often overlooked by international tourists. The safari lodges that have developed on the islands and mainland along the Matusadona shoreline offer some truly amazing safari opportunities.

The ones we recommend are Spurwing Island Lodge, Musango Island Camp, Bumi Hills, Changa Safari Camp and Rhino Safari Camp. Each one has its own uniqueness in some way, so please contact us for more information and details on each.

In this section but cheaper and on the more rustic side are Tiger Bay and Gache Gache Camp.

<Musango Island Safari Camp Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

Musango Safari Camp
Location: Private concession just outside the Matusadona National Park boundary, Lake Kariba
Approximate International Fully Inclusive Prices pppns (2020): Low Season - $385; High Season - $495.
Size: 8 en-suite tents
Star Rating: Luxury safari camp
Advantages: In a private concession just outside the Matusadona National Park and some of the activities are in the national park; Private owner-run camp and personalised experiences and a top guide; Family friendly safari lodge; Extensive range of activities including Games drives and walks, speedboat and pontoon boat cruises for both scenic and game-viewing / bird-watching, Fishing, Village visits, Specialised birding trips, Dinosaur fossil site visits, Crocodile Farm visits, Black rhino tracking, Early stone-age tool sites,  Photography; Great savings with a pay stay special offered all year round.

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Spacious deluxe tents at Changa Safari Camp along Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

Changa Safari Camp
Location: Private concession in Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba
Approximate International Fully Inclusive Prices pppns (2020): Low Season - $380; High Season - $590.
Size: 6 luxury tents, 2 family tents
Star Rating: Luxury safari camp
Advantages: In a private concession within the Matusadona National Park; Great views of the hills and lake; Spacious luxury tents; Fully inclusive including Morning and afternoon game drives, Walking safaris, Boat cruises both scenic and game, Fishing; Bird watching, Scenic trips to Sanyati Gorge; Great packages with sister camp The Hide in Hwange National Park; Personalised service and good guiding.

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View of the lake from a luxurious suite at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge on the Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

Bumi Hills
Location: Private concession in Bumi Hills, west of Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba
Approximate International Fully Inclusive Price pppns (2020): Low Season - $520; High Season - $990.
Size: 9 luxury rooms, 1 luxury villa
Star Rating: Luxury lodge
Advantages: Great location with breathtaking views and beautiful beaches; Comfortable spacious luxury rooms; Luxury facilities and good service; Fully inclusive activities including game drives on private concession, scenic boat excursions/cruises, fishing, cultural visits, birding; Close to Matusadona National Park.

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Combining Kariba/Matusadona with Mana Pools and Victoria Falls gives a fantastic experience of the different section of the Zambezi River, from the upper Zambezi (and perhaps Chobe), to the middle Zambezi and the lake, and the final section which is the Lower Zambezi in Mana Pools. Have a look at some Zimbabwe safari ideas taking you around different destinations in Zimbabwe.

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