Lake Kariba

About the park

Lake Kariba is largest man-made lake in the world by volume. At capacity, the lake is 282 km long, 32 km across its widest point and 116m deep. It covers an area of 5,580km 2 and its storage capacity is 185km 3 . The dam and 6 flood gates were built between 1955 and 1959, with later work adding turbine rooms to generate electricity.

Building the dam resulted in flooding and the resultant reservoir forced the resettlement of about 57,000 Tonga people living along the Zambezi in Zimbabwe and Zambia (formerly known as Southern and Northern Rhodesia respectively). In an unprecedented effort, called Operation Noah, 6000 animals were rescued in an operation that lasted from 1958 to 1964 and most were taken to Matusadona National Park. Unfortunately, 86 men perished during construction of the dam and a memorial has since been constructed at Kariba Heights.

The park is based around the lake measuring 2872km 2 and is host to various bird species and animals whose numbers fluctuate according to the water levels. There are over 40 fish species including tigerfish, bream, barbell and chesa among others. The lakes well known islands include Fothergill, Spurwing, Msambakaruma, Rhino, Forty mile, Long Island, Redcliff, Antelope, Zebra and Chete Island.

how to get there

Access by Road

From Harare, from the Harare-Chirundu Road turn off at Makuti Hotel on the tarred road sign posted for Kariba town. For those going to Nyanyana the turn-off to the camp is 56 km from Makuti and is sign posted.
From this turn-off to the camp is 6 km of dirt road. Kariba town is only 28 km away from Nyanyana Camp.

what to wear?

September to March

For summer, cool comfortable clothing is recommended along with sunhats and sunscreen.

April to August

For winter and autumn, warm clothing is recommended, especially for the night times.
Wear earthy colours and avoid bright-coloured clothing like red, yellow, bright green etc

what to bring?

Binoculars, cameras, hiking/ walking shoes and wildlife reference books or smartphone applications.
Food supplies enough for the stay.
Medical Aid Kit.
Malaria and insect repellant.
Mosquito nets.


Crocodiles along the shore.
Avoid getting to close the edge on the dam wall.


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