April 25

Best Lake Kariba Accommodation and Lodges


April 25, 2023

If you're looking to explore one of the most fascinating man-made lakes in the world, look no further than Lake Kariba. This massive lake, located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, is surrounded by stunning scenery and is a must-visit for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Plus, we've got the inside scoop on the top spots when it comes to Lake Kariba accommodation, and we can't wait to share it with you!

Woman meditating at sunset overlooking Lake Kariba

Bask in tranquillity at Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

What Makes Lake Kariba So Special?

With a staggering expanse of over 5,000 square kilometres, Lake Kariba is truly a wonder of the natural world. Originally formed as part of a grand dam project on the mighty Zambezi River back in the 1950s, the lake has since evolved into a bustling hub of nature and adventure.

Notably, Lake Kariba offers endless opportunities for incredible experiences for locals and visitors alike. Whether you're an avid angler, boating enthusiast, or wildlife lover, the luxurious Lake Kariba lodges will satisfy your every desire.

Elephant crossing the lake during a boat safari

Lake Kariba is home to the lion, leopard, buffalo and wandering herds of elephants, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Lakes to Falls and Everything in Between

When staying at any of the Lake Kariba lodges, you can easily combine it with some other incredible destinations. For instance, you can add a visit to Mana Pools or Hwange National Park to your itinerary or even take a trip to Victoria Falls.

But don't be mistaken, Lake Kariba holds its own, and the lodges and accommodations in the area are some of the most comfortable and well-appointed you'll find anywhere in the world.

Nothing like witnessing a burning sunset from your Lake Kariba lodge, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Lake Kariba Accommodation

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Elevated on the hillside overlooking shimmering Lake Kariba, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is a sight to behold. With its unique blend of authentic African themes and contemporary western influences, the lodge exudes a modern and sophisticated vibe. However, it's the dazzling panoramic vistas that will leave you in awe, spanning as far as the eye can see from every living space.

Infinity pool at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

The infinity pool blends evenly into the lake, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

At the top of our list of Lake Kariba lodges, we give you Bumi Hills. Along with spacious suites, a two-bedroom private villa, and an impressive infinity pool that blends seamlessly into the lake, what really sets this lodge apart is the range of activities on offer.

Here, you can discover the ancient secrets hidden within the fossilised dinosaur footprints exclusive to this area or embark on guided walking safaris, day and night game drives, catch-and-release fishing, and cultural visits.

Game drive along Lake Kariba

Endless game-viewing opportunities, led by passionate guides, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Changa Safari Camp

If you're looking for a truly immersive and elegant safari experience, Changa Safari Camp is an excellent choice. Moreover, the camp is set on a private concession within the Matusadona National Park, which means you'll have exclusive access to some of the most remarkable wildlife and scenery on the shores of Lake Kariba.

Woman on her private outdoor viewing deck overlooking the lake

This camp prides itself on its secluded location, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Changa Safari offers game drives, boat cruises, and guided walks, allowing you to get up close and personal with elephants, lions, hippos, and other amazing animals. In addition, the camp emanates a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making you feel right at home.

Each luxury tent is perfectly situated under sprawling Mopane woodland along the pristine shoreline of Lake Kariba. Also, you'll enjoy access to a central swimming pool, private beach, bar and dining area, all while taking in endless views across the lake under the biggest, bluest skies.

Safari tent deck with table and chairs surrounded by mopani trees

Sprawling views across the deck to the wilderness beyond, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Musango Safari Camp

For a more authentic safari experience, Musango Safari Camp is the place to be! This family-run camp enjoys a unique location on its very own island in the middle of Lake Kariba.

Even though it's more rustic than most Lake Kariba accommodations, Musango boasts beautiful facilities, including an elevated bar, dining room and lounge area – great for game-spotting from a cosy armchair – raised above a sparkling swimming pool that beckons during the summer heat.

Poolbereich Musango Safari Camp

Musango offers homely appeal without compromising on comfort, Image Credit: Musango Safari Camp

Musango's lavish safari tents and honeymoon suites, crafted from natural stone, are nestled deep in the forest, with stunning east-facing views of the lake and the majestic sunrise.

Here, you can immerse yourself in exciting walking safaris and Big 5 game drives or embrace serenity with peaceful canoeing and tiger fishing trips. Every moment is an opportunity to discover Lake Kariba's wonder and beauty or simply bask in its untamed ambience.

Catch and release fishing at sunset

Boating safari guarantees an up-close and personal encounter with nature, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Private Luxury House Boats

Finally, for the ultimate Lake Kariba experience, we highly recommend renting a private luxury houseboat. These floating homes are the epitome of sophistication, with all the amenities you could ask for, some even including private chefs, plunge pools, and sun decks.

Imagine waking up to the sound of the water lapping against the side of your boat, with nothing but the vast expanse of the lake before you – it's truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Enjoy a dreamy stay on a Lake Kariba houseboat

Discover Lake Kariba

Lake Kariba truly has it all – spellbinding scenery, incredible wildlife, and some of the most exclusive lodges in the world. Whether looking for adventure, relaxation, or a little bit of both, you won't be disappointed with this incredible destination. 

So, what are you waiting for? Take your pick of the best Lake Kariba lodges so that we can start planning and you can enjoy nature at its finest!

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Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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