Lake Kariba is over 220 km’s long and up to 40 km’s in width. It covers an area of 5,580 sq. km’s. The mean depth of the lake is 29 m and the maximum depth is 97 m making it one of the world's largest fresh water man-made lake and reservoir.
It is located on the Zambezi River, and situated about halfway between the river's source and mouth, and about 1300 km’s upstream from the Indian Ocean. The lake lies along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam Project at its northeastern end. Electricity for the area is generated here.The lake is home to several islands including Chete Isaland, Sekula, Sampa Karuma, Fothergill Island, Spurwing Island, Snake Island, Antelope Island, Bed Island and Chikanka Island.
The portion of Lake Kariba which falls within Zimbabwe has been designated a Recreational Park within the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Estate. Houseboat Safaris are a fantastic way to experience the wilderness and wildlife of this region. Offering the most fantastic photographic platforms that allow for some spectacular scenery shots and views of the wildlife you would not be able to get on land. Tiger fishing is also popular. The Matusadona National Park is one of the lesser-known wilderness
areas in Africa. It boasts a unique combination of pristine and rugged wilderness with the “water frontage” of Lake Kariba.