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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.

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Lake Kariba Accommodation options

The town of Kariba was originally developed for the construction workers on the Dam Wall. After the Dam filled and it started to become recognised a recreational playground, tourism flourished and hotels and lodges sprang up in and around town and along the lake shoreline.

Today, these town hotels are used more by local Zimbabweans who have their own boats and come on holiday. International tourists generally stay at the more luxurious safari lodges detailed below, where there are more activities and they can enjoy a safari.

Caribbea Bay Resort is probably the most popular hotel, followed by Cutty Sark Hotel. Hornbill Lodge is a boutique lodge with stunning views, whilst Nzou Lodge, Cerruti and Wild Heritage offers affordable self-catering accommodation. Warthogs Bush Camp has backpacker accommodation with a great relaxed atmosphere and location, while Lomagundi Lakeside also has self-catering and camping options.

Hotel info coming soon, but feel free to send us an enquiry...


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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