Zambezi Cruise Safaris
Located on Lake Kariba on Zimbabwe’s northern border
A safari cruise on Lake Kariba is an experience like no other and will leave you with many wonderful memories. Kariba is one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and is situated halfway down the iconic Zambezi River and approximately 90 km after the mighty Victoria Falls. Zambezi Cruise Safaris has a fleet of three luxurious houseboats on Lake Kariba offering comfort, delicious food, great experiences and typically friendly Zimbabwean service.
With cruises that can traverse the full 250km length of the lake as well as in and around a number of beautiful bays and islands, this is a truly unique African Safari. Sit back and soak up the breath taking scenery or partake in the many offered activities on an all-inclusive basis.
Lake Kariba really is a ‘must do’ destination which offers a unique opportunity to cruise one of the world’s truly special water wildernesses offering both amazing scenery and unparalleled wildlife experiences.
The vast expanses of Lake Kariba forms a boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia and its extensive shoreline is home to large populations of wildlife. A cruise safari will provide endless wonderful photographic opportunities and is very popular with wildlife enthusiasts, birders and fishermen alike.
Kariba sunsets are legendary with the lakes waters and evening sky turning into a stunning array of glorious golds, reds, oranges and yellows. Adding to the spectacle are the silhouetted skeletal remains of the lakes famous petrified trees which provide a unique reminder of a time past. Kariba’s magnificent scenes really are second to none.
A typical day on board starts with an early morning continental breakfast followed by game viewing or fishing from the tender boats( smaller boats that travel with the main vessel and are used for activities), allowing you to explore the expansive waters of the Lake, experiencing the unbeatable scenic views, abundant birdlife and possible wildlife sightings.
The boom of the Ground Hornbill resounds from the shoreline and Pells Fishing Owls can often be found in the high branches and riverine patches. The notorious cry of the African Fish Eagle echoes from all around the lake.
The Matusadona National Park boasts a unique combination of pristine rugged wilderness, together with the water frontage of the Lake. It is one of the sanctuaries of the Big Five and is famous for its abundant elephant population which feed along the shoreline.
Try your luck fishing for Kariba Bream, Cornish Jack or the infamous Tiger Fish or simply snap away in this photographer’s paradise. Back at the main vessel, a delicious brunch is served on deck as you sail off to our next destination along the lake shore. Lake Kariba stretches endlessly into the distance, a vast unpolluted lake with hazy colourful horizons providing picturesque landscape views.
On arrival guests explore the nearby creeks and inlets which have abundant hippo and crocodile populations or they can simply relax with a cool drink and watch the world drift by. In the evening enjoy a sundowner and soak up the legendary Kariba sunset as you cruise back to the main vessel.
Zambezi Cruise Safaris offer small, intimate cruises which traverse the entire 250 plus kilometres of the Lake and can also connect you to all of our partner products on the lakes shore of the Matusadona National Park, as well as some of the finest safari lodges/ camps and mobile operators in Mana Pools / Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls.
Besides the set travel dates and cruise itineraries Zambezi Cruise Safaris offer ‘Full Charter’ options for private groups, conferences, weddings and functions. The vessels are intimate unique products and without doubt the best Kariba has to offer.
“We had three nights on the lake and spent one at Rhino Safari Camp. This was such relaxed but amazing experience. The ‘crew’ were so helpful and the food was delicious. The lake is so enormous and breath taking…we saw so much wildlife and some beautiful birds…can’t recommend a houseboat stay strongly enough.”