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PLACES: Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe


Lake Kariba is Africa’s largest man made dam. It is 226km long and in some places up to 40 km wide. It provides electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe and supports a thriving commercial fishing industry. The sheer size of it will stun you into forgetting it is actually just a dam!  It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers (2,150 sq mi) and its storage capacity is an immense 185 cubic kilometers. Before the lake was filled, the existing vegetation was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that would become the lake bed. As a result, the ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant.

Lake Kariba in Zambia is renowned for offering visitors a superb tiger fishing experience as the the lake boasts of a variety of fish species. Occasionally you may be treated to a veiw of a whole herd of elephants or a patrol of water birds on the shorelines of the Lake. As if that is not enough to interest anyone, here is a list of islands
on the lake with pampered accommodation:

  •  Maaze Island
  • Mashape Island
  • Chete Island
  •  Sekula
  • Sampa Karuma
  • Fothergill
  • Spurwing
  • Snake Island
  • Antelope Island
  •  Bed Island
  • Chikanka

Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it? See pictures below

Kariba1 Zambia_Accommodation3 kariba kariba2 Keith Clover of Tourette Fishing with a trophy tigerfish ready for release OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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