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Why Your Next Holiday Should be a Lake Kariba Safari

April 16, 2024

Deciding where to go on your next African holiday can seem like an impossible choice, as there are so many wondrous destinations to choose from! Well, the good news is that we know what you should add to your itinerary next... a Lake Kariba safari! Whether it's for a family holiday, a romantic getaway, or anything in between, Zimbabwe has it all. Here's why we know you'll love it.

Lake Kariba accommodation Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Elevated Lake Kariba accommodation, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Leaving on a Jet Plane

There is a specific kind of silence just before a plane takes off. The aircraft is rumbling beneath you, almost quivering. Then suddenly, in a remarkable burst of speed for something so large, the plane is off, racing down the runway before finally being airborne, signalling your trip's official start. 

And suddenly, as the clouds part, you see it, crystal clear waters dotted with rolling hills and lush greenery. It has an almost Riviera-like look to it but better because this is Lake Kariba – the world's largest man-made freshwater lake in the world!

Elephant in Kariba at Changa Camp

Kariba has an immense biodiversity, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Your Lake Kariba Safari 

Whether you're travelling with the fam, or deepening those romantic ties, you'll love a Lake Kariba safari. Here's where we recommend you go for every type of holiday. 

Family-Friendly Fun

It's that time of year again when the whole family gears up for the long-awaited holiday, whether it's a road trip or a flight. There's always that last-minute rush to ensure everyone has packed everything they need.

But all the chaos will melt away the moment you set foot in Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, greeted by the stunning infinity pool and the serene view of the lake from your balcony.

Game drive with Bumi Hills in Kariba

A game drive is the perfect start to the day, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

1. Game Drive 

Your first day in Kariba should definitely start with a game drive! The 5 AM wake-up call might sound early, but you'll be so excited that you'll jump right out of bed. Plus, there will be coffee!

You and your family will hop up onto the game vehicle, snuggle up, and enjoy the thrilling feeling of the wind rushing through your hair as you search for the Big 5.

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge Kids Cub

It's never too early to learn how to cook, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

2. Kids Club

The kids will be well looked after at the lodge's dedicated kids club – the Ngwana Club. From nature walks around camp and storytelling to cultural arts and crafts and cub club cooking classes, boredom won't be an option!

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge view from deck at sunset

Just relax and soak in the views, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

3. Private Dining

While this may be a family holiday, everyone needs a little "me", or perhaps "we" time. As the sun sets, slip into some date night finery and enjoy a private dinner overlooking Lake Kariba.

Changa Safari Camp coffee by the pool

Start your day by the pool with a delicious cup of coffee, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp


Could your journey to Lake Kariba have a more romantic purpose? Perhaps it marks the beginning of your honeymoon, a tranquil escape from the routine with no children in tow. 

Or is it your maiden voyage as a couple, often dubbed as the ultimate relationship test? Regardless, Changa Safari Camp, in all its divine rustic glory, is the perfect setting for a little rom-com-worthy romance. Set on the shores of Lake Kariba with views of the Matusadona mountains, this camp is peaceful and secluded.

Soak in more than just the views, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

1. Bush Breakfast

Start your day off with a delicious and exclusive bush breakfast that has been lovingly set up on the private beach made just that much better with pancakes and mimosas! Or maybe just a bottle of bubbles – hold the OJ?

Chill time at Changa

The view from the deck of your tented suite, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

2. Do Nothing Or Everything

The beauty of a Lake Kariba safari holiday is that you can do as much or as little as you like! You can start your day off snuggled up on the game vehicle tracking a pride of lions, go on a guided bush walk or take a short boat ride across the lake to the scenic Sanyati Gorge. 

Or you can simply enjoy some quiet time by the pool, on the deck of your tent or even take a little afternoon nap. 

Sundowners for two at Chnaga

Sundowners for two on a private beach, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

 3. Private Sundowners 

Yes, we know it's more eating, but truthfully, aren't all relationships merely deciding, or arguing, about where you're going to eat next? A private sundowner for two is the perfect start to the evening.

Watch the sunset on a private beach, have a few laughs, and a few more drinks before adjourning to your tent and enjoying an outdoor bush bubble bath.

Changa outdoor bath setup

Strip and take a dip in a romantic bush bubble bath, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

Multi-Generational Lake Kariba Safari 

Could your plane be journeying to this destination for a multi-generational trip? Imagine parents, older kids, and grandparents embarking on an adventure reminiscent of a scene straight out of "The Lion King".

Picture the pride gathering, with generations coming together on a private houseboat. It's the perfect way for a little family bonding.

Catch and release fishing at sunset

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

1. Fishing and Water Sports

Battle it out with tigerfish, or take it slow in the petrified forest, where you can try your luck at catching some bream while sipping on a G&T.

If adventure is more your speed, there are plenty of watersports available on the lake! From parasailing to motor boating, there's no shortage of options for adrenaline junkies to indulge in.

Walking safari in Kariba

A walking safari is one of the best ways to connect with nature, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

2. Walking Safari

If you haven't found your sea, or in this case, lake legs, go on a guided walking safari. This is a great way to learn more about the little details that make Lake Kariba such a sensational destination. However, please note that children have to be 16 years or older to partake in this activity.

Bumi Hills safari lodge

A beautiful sunset in Africa is something everyone should experience, Image Credit: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

3. Epic Sundowners

Arguably one of the best activities in Kariba is the sundowners. They are simply, for lack of a better word, epic. As the sun dips below the horizon, the sky is painted in hues of lilac, pink, and orange, creating a stunning vista. Relaxing with a drink in hand while soaking in this natural beauty is an experience you and your family won't soon forget.

Kariba lions

Your Lake Kariba safari awaits, Image Credit: Changa Safari Camp

What Are You Waiting For?

Don't let this opportunity slip away! Your next holiday should include a Lake Kariba Safari, where adventure, relaxation, and family or romantic bonding await.

From thrilling game drives to tranquil bush breakfasts and epic sundowners to private dinners overlooking the lake, every moment promises unforgettable memories. With so much to offer, there's no time to waste – book your trip now and embark on an incredible journey that will leave you longing for more.

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About the author 

Xinay De Vries

Born and raised in South Africa, Xinay is no stranger to all the amazing possibilities Africa has to offer. She's a self-proclaimed bookworm and coffee addict with a yen for bubbles and rosé, so you'll often find her exploring the streets of Cape Town looking for the best cup of coffee or glass of wine. With a passion for travel and her home country, she's determined to get others to love Africa as much as she does!

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