Cahora Bassa Lake
Cahora Bassa Hydroelectric Dam © EmjayE2/Magnus Manske
Situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique, the Cahora Bassa Lake is Africa's second-largest artificial lake. The Cahora Bassa Dam system is the largest hydroelectric scheme in southern Africa and it is one of the three major dams on the Zambezi river system, the others being Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi. The nearest town is called Songo, established in 1969 to house the workers for the construction of the dam. Ugezi Tiger Lodge is quite close to Songo and has an à la carte restaurant, as well as a campsite with floodlights and security. There are a number of other lodges and camps where tourists can stay. Great fishing is the biggest drawcard of the dam and fishing trips are very popular, as the vast stretch of water contains Tiger Fish, Sharptooth Catfish, Vundu, Bream, Longfin Eels, Zambezi Parrotfish and much much more. Boat cruises and waterskiing are other attractions of the area. The lake and surrounding landscapes are very picturesque, with lush vegetation and dramatic mountainous scenery. The rich birdlife attracts bird enthusiasts, there is a large population of hippos in the dam, and Baobab trees can be seen, particularly on the southern shores. Boat tours down the beautiful gorges of the dam, and sunset cruises are a must for travellers in the region.
Admission: Entry to the dam is restricted and visitors should speak to the owner of O Sitio restaurant about admission before leaving Songo.