Lake Kariba and Matusadona

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In the late 1950s, the Kariba Dam flooded much of the middle Zambezi Valley, creating one of the world's largest man-made lakes: Lake Kariba. Known for its excellent tiger fishing, herds of animals that drink from its waters and its exceptional sunsets, Lake Kariba can be seen either from the comfort of a luxury motor cruiser or from one of the many lodges on its shore.

The valley's prolific game concentrated on the southern shore, where Matusadona National Park was created. Around this shoreline are some excellent safari lodges, offering walks and drives, as well as boat and canoe trips to explore the lake's inlets and creeks. The lake is a superb place to watch the sunset, with the Matusadona Mountains in the background making for an excellent photo opportunity.

One of the Matusadona's greatest features is its bird life with over 240 species having been recorded in the park including a very large population of fish-eagles which are seen near the lake. The bird life is exceptional largely due to the diverse habitation. In the east of the park is the second largest concentration of wild lion in Africa after Ngorongoro Crater and thus walking safaris in these rugged mountains are a constant source of excitement.


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Fly to

Livingstone (Zambia) or Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) via Johannesburg

Flying time

12 hrs 15 mins

time difference

GMT+ 2 hrs

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

The UNIVISA system (which allowed travellers to enter both Zimbabwe and Zambia using a dual visa) is currently suspended. If you’re travelling between Zimbabwe and Zambia (more than one entry either way), you should get a double entry visa for both countries. Both Zimbabwe and Zambia issue double entry visas at ports of entry.

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if travelling from an endemic area

Best time to travel

Apr-Jun when the water levels are at their greatest at Victoria Falls and large herds of animals can be seen in Hwange National Park. 

Weather

The best time to travel is between April and June, there is little to no rain and the Falls are at their fullest. These are the winter months therefore temperatures will only peak at around 20°C, although days are clear and bright.

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic Zimbabwe

Nights: 12 | from £5,945pp

Zimbabwe offers authentic Africa on an enormous rugged scale. Experience its mighty waterfall, its expansive national parks, its huge herds of animals... Find out more

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Safari & Wildlife

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Luxury Small Group Journey - Southern Africa Safari by River & Rail 2017

Nights: 14 | from £9,885pp

From cosmopolitan Cape Town to thundering Victoria Falls to the extraordinary Okavango Delta, experience the best of Southern Africa in one spectacular... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Spa

Bumi Hills has 20 en suite rooms (divided into standard and premium depending on the size and location). The premium rooms are larger both in bedroom... Find out more

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