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Kariba, upon completion in 1962, was the largest man made lake on earth. The dam wall is 128 m high and 600 m long. The lake behind it is massive, more than 30 km wide and almost 300 km long. Kariba is often referred to as the Riviera of central Africa, the playground of the rich and famous. Numerous yachts (called Houseboats in Zimbabwe) are the constant reminder of this fact.

Kariba means little trap. This refers to the small opening in the Zambezi where the Wall was built between 1958 and 1963. Today Kariba remains one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world, providing both Zimbabwe and Zambia with electricity.

A small species of fish, namely the Kapenta, was introduced into the lake in the early 1960’s. Today they have become the main source of protein for the locals. In excess of 100 tons are fished every night. Preying on these huge schools of Kapenta is Africa’s best sport fish, the tiger. Fishing in Lake Kariba is therefore a much favoured sport. During the summer months you are almost guaranteed of success. Kariba bream is a smaller and much tastier fish which you will most likely be served at your hotel.

As one would expect from a place of such beauty, many hotels were built over the years. Unfortunately, due to political turmoil, most of them closed down. The only two remaining are Cutty Sark and the luxurious Caribbea Bay resort. Other accommodation includes Tamarind lodges which offer basic and very affordable self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation, and the islands of Mutusadona National Park.

Spurwing Island, Fothergill Island and the luxurious Bumi Hills are destinations where you are guaranteed of seeing big game and where the fishing is also excellent.