Lake Kariba © Aristocrats-hat
Lake Kariba is the largest artificial lake in the world, and a very popular tourist destination in Zambia (and Zimbabwe). A number of game and safari parks ring the lake on both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides, and tour operators offer a number of water activities such as boat and pontoon cruises. The best way to experience the vast body of water is to hire a houseboat, though there are a variety of accommodation options for those who prefer to sleep on land, including campsites, luxury lodges and self-catering chalets. All budgets will find something on offer. Lake Kariba is an excellent place to see wildlife, but foreigners should be wary of hippo and crocodiles when swimming in Kariba, and on the banks. The facilities around the lake are good, with entertainment available at the casino and hotel complexes. Also, travellers will appreciate Lake Kariba's famously beautiful sunsets. Those who are planning a houseboat holiday should time their trip so they can witness the full moon rising over the water, which is quite a magical experience.
The area can get swelteringly hot in the summer, and many people prefer to visit in the cooler months (May to September), when the weather is still balmy and sunny, but far more comfortable.