Lake Kariba © Aristocrats hat
The largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Kariba is 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, but for those who prefer to sleep on land there are a variety of accommodation options for all budgets including campsites, self-catering chalets and luxury lodges. Lake Kariba is an excellent place to see wildlife like crocodiles, hippos, zebra and buffalo. Foreigners should be wary of hippo and crocodiles when swimming in Kariba, and on the banks. The facilities around the lake are good, offering entertainment centred around the casino and hotel complexes. The sunsets over Lake Kariba are famously beautiful and if you are planning a houseboat holiday it is ideal to time it so that you can witness the full moon rising over the water, which is quite a magical experience. In summer it can get swelteringly hot in the area 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.