Lake Kariba is a vast artificial inland sea, created when the mighty Zambezi River was dammed in the 1950s. This extraordinary feat of engineering and endeavour resulted in 282km² of the Zambezi Valley being drowned, Operation Noah – a massive wildlife rescue mission – tracked and captured more than 5,000 animals of 35 different species to save them from the rising waters. Most of these animals were relocated to the Matusadona National Park.
Lake Kariba is 280km long and 32km wide. All along its shores the bleached trunks of mighty hardwood trees project from the waters, a lasting reminder of the forests that grew here before the Zambezi was dammed. The skeletal branches provide perches for fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds.
Renowned for magnificent watery sunsets, excellent game viewing and superb fishing, Lake Kariba is a popular holiday and safari location.
Matusadona National Park
Matusadona National Park is the finest safari location on Lake Kariba, occupying over 1,400km² of wilderness on the southern shores of the lake. Home to a multitude of wild animals. Matusadona is an excellent safari destination, combining the best of Lake Kariba’s water wildlife with good inland game viewing. Here you will see large herds of elephant, black rhino, lion, buffalo, waterbuck, eland, sable and roan. Huge numbers of hippos and crocodiles inhabit the secluded bays and inlets. Game drives, walking safaris, boating and canoe excursions are all offered.
Matusadona National Park is accessible for fly-in safaris by regular charter flights. Accommodation is provided in luxury safari camps along the shoreline.
The best time to visit Matusadona is during the dry and cooler winter months, from June to September.