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Lake Kariba Safaris, Vacations & Wildlife Experiences

  • Lake Kariba dam reflections on the water is a great photo opportunity on Zambia safaris.

Located 1,300 km (807 mi) upstream from the Indian Ocean and along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is Lake Kariba, the world’s largest human-made reservoir.

The idea for Kariba Dam and thus Lake Kariba came in response to the needs of a hungry nation that decided to control the flow of the Zambezi River. Construction of the dam began in the mid-1950s and Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963. Before the lake was filled, the land was burned to create incredibly fertile soil that became the lake bed resulting in a great deal of vibrant vegetation and ecology today. Kariba Dam provides electric power to both Zambia and Zimbabwe which helps to support a growing commercial fishing industry.

Today, Lake Kariba is becoming a popular tourist destination for those in search of fishing, boating and water sports opportunities on a Zambia vacation. Tigerfish, considered to be one of the finest game fish in the world, are common in the lake. Many other fish species have been introduced and share the waters with Nile crocodiles and hippopotamus on Zambia safaris. In recent years, Siavonga, a town on the edge of the lake, has been given the nickname the “Riviera of Zambia” as it has grown into a favourite retreat for locals as well as international tourists. 



Zambia Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to a Zambia vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of Zambia, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Zambia's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, and 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips and visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Zambia for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Zambia tours & safaris today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Africa tours, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from  Zambia or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours


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