The very words Zambezi Valley conjures up images of heat, haze and mopane flies, hunters and long-gone explorers, perils and dangerous game, and of course the legendary Zambezi River itself. The area is of course much tamer these days though not without its perils! The Kariba Dam has replaced the river in the Gwembe Valley and is now more a playground for holidaymakers and very much different from its former days, with safari lodges and Matusadona National Park on its shores. Downstream through the lower Zambezi Valley the aspect of the river has been very much altered by the dam and is bordered on the south by safari areas and Mana Pools National Park, and to the north by Zambia.
For places to stay follow the links below for some accommodation options on the lake and the many camps associated with the river and Mana Pools.
Matusadona National Park’s main accommodation is at Tashinga Camp with a camping site; various camping areas are along the lakeshore as well as 3 exclusive lodges.
Rhino Safari Camp is on the Muuyu Peninsular in Matusadona National Park. Raised lodges are situated along the edge of the jesse overlooking the Kariba foreshore and lake.
Musango Safari Camp is on an island in Lake Kariba, west of Matusadona National Park and
offers an exclusive safari experience.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is built high on a hill with a spectacular view of Lake Kariba. There are 10 premium rooms directly over the lake and 10 standard rooms, also with views, behind.
Spurwing Island is just off the northeast shore of Matusadona National Park, with chalets, cabins and tents.
Gache Gache Lodge has 10 double/twin all inclusive chalets in the eastern basin of Lake Kariba on the banks of the Gache Gache River.
Changa Safari Camp is situated on Lake Kariba. It`s luxury tents have been designed to blend with the environment.
IN BINGA: Chilila Binga offers self-catering cottages, houseboats, camping.
Rifa Conservation Education Camp is chiefly dedicated to school camps, near Chirundu on the Zambezi River, but contact them to see if the camp can be utilised during the rainy season. Accommodation is rustic.
Mongwe Fishing Camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi downstream of Chirundu. They
have 2 chalets, a fully equipped tented camp, as well as a campsite.
Mana Pools National Park has various facilities for visitors. Nyamepi is the main public campsite and there are a few lodges and a number of basic exclusive campsites along the banks of the Zambezi River and Chitake Camp near the southern Zambezi escarpment.
Wilderness Safaris runs Ruckomechi Camp on the western border of Mana Pools National Park. Accommodation is in 10 spacious, luxury, en-suite tented units.
Chikwenya Safari Lodge is on the eastern border of Mana Pools National Park and has 10 luxury en-suite units on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Mwinilunga Safaris in Mana Pools has comfortable tented accommodation on the banks of the Zambezi River.
Natureways Safaris conducts canoeing and safari in the Mana Pools National Park.
Goliath Safaris has a permanent luxury tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi in Mana Pools.
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