Africa ‘s best kept secret! Lake Kariba is approximately 226km long and in some areas up to 40km wide, and the largest man-made lake or reservoir in the world. Its 2,000 kilometres of shoreline offers a spectacular variety of estuaries that spill into the surrounding bush. The entire region abounds with bird life and large game species such as Elephant and Hippo. Lake Kariba is a paradise of Africa’s natural splendour. After completion of the hydro plant Kariba town became a famous holiday resort with established lodges, house boats and boat cruises.
Lake Kariba is Zambia’s undiscovered Riveira. The lake offers awesome views, astonishing sunsets, wonderful fishing opportunities and lovely water sports. The weather is mostly sunny and excellent although it can get quite hot in mid summer, but even mid winter days are warm and the nights are pleasant. The lake is so beautiful with features of a beach which makes some people forget that it is actually a lake and not a beach.
The lake is home to several islands, including Maaze, Mashape, Chete, Sekula, Sampa Karuma, Fothergill, Spurwing, Snake, Antelope and Bed Island.
The Lake forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The hydropower generated by the dam and the turbines, represent the major supplier of electricity in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Known as one of the greatest engineering feats undertaken by man, this immense project began in 1950 to accommodate the power needs that new industrial growth would require. The immense project to stop-up the powerful Zambezi river began. Completed in 1959, the Dam stands at almost 130 metres high and spans a length of over 1/2 kilometre with a berth roadway, 12 metres thick. The electrical power output for the region is 1,180 million kilowatts per year.