Along the Zambezi River is Lake Kariba. The lake was created when a dam was built across the Zambezi in the early sixties to provide hydro-electric power. The building of the dam was controversial as many people lost their homes and thousands of animals had to be rescued
in something called Operation Noah organized by a man called Rupert Fothergill.
Animals of all sorts were saved from drowning with many having to be rescued
literally as the waters rose around them.
Now, the lake, which covers an area of 5,000 square kilometers is a wildlife paradise both in
the water with crocodile and hippo as well as some of the world’s best fishing, especially the
tiger fish, which fisherman have to really fight to catch, and on the shores where the Matusadona Wildlife Reserve has the highest number of lion per square kilometre of any
reserve in the African continent. The most iconic image of Lake Kariba is of the fish eagles
who sit in the fossilized trees in the lake hunting for fish and whose haunting cry is a
sound you will never forget.
Visitors can stay in one of the game lodges along the shores or perhaps enjoy a few days in a houseboat just drifting along enjoying the spectacular scenery and watching the wildlife come down to the shores to drink. Lake Kariba is a special place of incredible beauty that is a nature lover's dream. The scenery at this African holiday spot also makes it a photographer's paradise.
Lake Kariba is among the four largest man-made lakes in the world and the second largest in Africa. It lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.The dam wall was built across
the Kariba Gorge to harness the river’s flow to provide hydroelectric power for the growing industries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.