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The hot gem

Kariba can be extremely hot. I experienced the scorching temperature of 33 degrees in the assumed... read more

Reviewed 9 October 2016
John C
,
Harare, Zimbabwe
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Not what it once was

Kariba, the riveria of Zimbabwe. Its not the sea coast and you can't swim in the lake because of... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2016
davidgrieveau
,
Melbourne, Australia
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Kariba, Zimbabwe
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Kariba can be extremely hot. I experienced the scorching temperature of 33 degrees in the assumed coldest month of the year. Despite this hot weather , it can't take away the joy of viewing one of the biggest man made lakes. The civil structure of...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Kariba, the riveria of Zimbabwe. Its not the sea coast and you can't swim in the lake because of crocodiles, hippos and other 'nasties'. With the current state of the Zimbabwean economy the place is dead. Dozens of houseboats are ideal and its such a...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2016

We and a group of friends, 10 of us in all, recently spent 4 nights on 'Sundowner' houseboat. We, Zimbabweans, have not been to Kariba for years, and the whole experience was as magical as we remembered. The crew on board were excellent and they...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Having said that. The views are incredible. It's so peaceful . There's wildlife everywhere, wildlife I'd only ever seen in a zoo before. The dam is awesome. ZPC Kariba also play in the township if you like football and want a fun Saturday afternoon.

2  Thank KeithCharman
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

24 of us, from the UK, have just returned from a 2 week trip to Zimbabwe. Our group included 7 children, (the youngest turning 5 whilst we there). Some were nervous about visiting a country which gets bad press but all left loving the country,...More

2  Thank woolleyram
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

There's not a huge amount to do other than kick back on one of the house boats and enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Saw heaps of elephants and hippos at various points of the tour. The boat also had a swimming cage which was cool...More

Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

We – 2 couples - stayed 2 nights on the houseboat "Den Maryne". We flew in from Mana Pools and a shuttle was awaiting us. Short drive to Kariba Port. After immediately boarding, the boat left the harbour. Originally, it was a 4 night stay...More

1  Thank Robert D
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Fantastic 22 hour sailing on the ferry. We had a pre-booked trip, via Allen on email, for a group of us travelling together. Super staff, 3 fantastic meals cooked and served to us and a sunset and sunnrise so worth being awake for. The mid-lake...More

1  Thank africanbeauty
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

We booked the houseboat (“Den Maryne”) with another couple, friends of us. The boat is a pontoon boat with 2 decks. The lower deck has 1 cabin for guests, the bar/kitchen and the cabins of the staff and the upper deck has a bar, the...More

Thank Stijn M
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

To behold Lake Kariba is a wonderful thing, realising that this is man's creation. Lake Kariba is the largest man made lake in the world. I was in Zimbabwe for the Sanganai/Hlanganani 2016 World Tourism Expo and was part of a pre-event tour group. We...More

1  Thank Omoniyi_David
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Response from Fortune_Madhuku | Reviewed this property |
For pregnant women, you cant take any chances. Its safe to take anti-malaria medication before you travel to Kariba
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Response from msercombe | Reviewed this property |
, The Kariba Ferry (see their website for the timetable) takes 22 hours from Mlibizi (south of Vic. Falls) to Kariba. All meals are provided, seating folds down into beds for night sleeping, blankets and pillows are... More
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Yes, you will be alright (my husband, who was a motorcyclist says so!) but do watch out for those pot holes!
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