Lake Kariba was created in the late 1950s, following the completion of the Kariba Dam. Measuring over 220km in length and up to 40km in width, it is the world’s largest man-made reservoir. Gamefish – including the legendary tigerfish – thrive in its waters, whilst huge flocks of waterbirds, handsome raptors, Nile crocodiles and pods of hippopotami ply its banks.
A small national park of just 1,400km², Matusadona sits on the shores of Lake Kariba. There is good game viewing along the shores of the lake home to elephant and crocodile as well as further into the park. The “Big 5” can all be found in the park as well as other general game including buffalo and numerous antelope species. There is also a great diversity of birdlife thanks to the ever-present lake attracting a multitude of species including the impressive African Fish Eagle.
Along the lakes shoreline are a number of absolutely sensational lodges. One of those lodges is Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, set atop a remote hilltop in a private wilderness concession, offering mesmerising views over the lake below. The lodge offers a very intimate experience with just 10 spacious suites, including a 2-bedroom villa complete with a private butler, safari guide and dedicated safari vehicle. A wealth of activities are available including guided walks, day and night game drives, boating and catch-and-release fishing.