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Victoria Falls via Johannesburg

Encounter one of Africa’s largest concentration of lion at Matusadona National Park

Lake Kariba may be man-made but it is a storehouse of natural delights. Formed in the late 1950s, when the Kariba Dam flooded much of the middle Zambezi Valley, Lake Kariba is one of the world's largest man-made lakes.

Here you can take in the views as you cruise gently across its waters and watch the wildlife gather to wash, drink and to prey. Be sure to time your visit around sunset and witness the setting sun reflected in the waters of the lake. The changing hues of the evening sky are perfectly framed by the rugged Matusadona Mountains in the background.

Known for its abundance of tiger fish, the lake also attracts herds of many other animals. The valley's prolific game concentrates on the southern shore, where Matusadona National Park was created. The area is blessed with bird life: over 240 species live here, including a very large population of fish eagle.

Around this shoreline are some excellent safari lodges. From these you can enjoy walking safaris and game drives, as well as boat and canoe trips to explore the lake's inlets and creeks. In the east of the Matusadona National Park there is the second largest concentration of wild lion in Africa, after those found at the Ngorongoro Crater. Walking safaris in this mountainous area are a constant source of excitement.

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