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Section 4: A man-made flood

 
21 May - 31 May, 2020

We traverse the evocatively beautiful Lake Kariba, spending three days on a houseboat heading east along a shoreline fringed by petrified trees. During the journey we safari by boat and hear how Tusk supports the Painted Dog Conservation. Returning to land, we explore Matusadona, one of Zimbabwe’s finest national parks and learn about the heroics of Operation Noah. Passing the dam wall we head towards the Lower Zambezi, camping each night on an island in the river. During these few days we have the privilege to see the beginnings of a conservation project, eradicating hunting and forming protected wildlife conservancies.
Woman watching elephant near Lake Kariba from deck chair at Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe
Mobile camping under southern hemisphere stars on banks of Zambezi River
Three African wild dogs up close in Zimbabwe, protected by Painted Dog Conservation
Exterior view of Catalina Houseboat
Idyllic red sunset over Lake Kariba with birds flying, Zimbabwe
Fishing off speedboat near dead trees at sunset in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Elephant with calf near game drive in Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Guests stop for drinks on game drive from Changa Camp, Zimbabwe
Zebra running near Lake Kariba dam with mountains in background, Zimbabwe
Aerial view of Kariba Dam
Aerial photograph of mobile campsite on sandy banks of Zambezi River
Leopard cub in morning light in Mana Pools National Park
Game drive at sunset near Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
Expert safari guide Phil Jeffery
Exterior view of Masumu River Lodge on edge of Lake Kariba
Exterior side view of Catalina Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Interior of luxurious guest suite with view at Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe
Exterior of guest area pool at Changa Camp, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Exterior view of boma at Kariba Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
Morning coffee and breakfast set up to watch sunrise over Lake Kariba
Exterior of main guest area at Tamarind Tented Camp
Luxurious outdoor boma at Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe
Woman watching elephant near Lake Kariba from deck chair at Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe
 
A dinner talk by the Painted Dog Conservation

Marvel at the dramatic scenery along the eastern side of Lake Kariba on a luxurious houseboat

Go behind the scenes with the Matusadona Anti-Poaching team

Sit back and enjoy three idyllic days of birding, fishing, boating and great company on Africa’s largest man-made lake
Mobile camping under southern hemisphere stars on banks of Zambezi River
 
Game viewing in the Matusadona National Park

Visit Fothergill Island to learn how 6,000 animals were saved during Operation Noah

Two days of mobile camping on remote Zambezi River islands

Hone your photographic skills with a week in the company of professional guide, Phil Jeffery
Three African wild dogs up close in Zimbabwe, protected by Painted Dog Conservation
 
Arrive into Victoria Falls and board a private charter to Binga, continuing by road to Masumu River Lodge. In the evening, dinner is accompanied by a talk from the Painted Dog Conservation, hearing first-hand how money raised by Tusk helps to fund their work.
Exterior view of Catalina Houseboat
 
Today we transfer to the western shore of Lake Kariba and board the Catalina Houseboat, beginning our journey across this hauntingly beautiful lake. Enjoy an afternoon of photography, fishing and birding.
Idyllic red sunset over Lake Kariba with birds flying, Zimbabwe
 
Continue our journey east across the lake past eerie petrified forests along the shoreline, learning techniques to photograph the myriad bird species on the lake.
Fishing off speedboat near dead trees at sunset in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
 
Nearing the middle of the lake, the day can be spent exploring further by tender boat as we discover the effect of the rapidly rising lake waters, on the once the lush floodplains of the Batonga people.
Elephant with calf near game drive in Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
 
This morning we disembark for a day of game viewing in the Matusadona National Park. A visit to park HQ provides insights into the issue of human-wildlife conflict.
Guests stop for drinks on game drive from Changa Camp, Zimbabwe
 
Return to the Catalina for a transfer across the lake to Changa Camp. After lunch on the beach, the afternoon brings the chance to stretch our legs on an exhilarating walking safari, tracking endangered rhino and lion on foot through the bush.
Zebra running near Lake Kariba dam with mountains in background, Zimbabwe
 
Boat to Fothergill Island to learn about Operation Noah’s rescue and relocation of around 6,000 animals as the lake waters rose following the building of the Kariba Dam. Continue to the far eastern edge of the lake.
Aerial view of Kariba Dam
 
This morning we visit the forbidding 600m Kariba Dam before returning to the river, travelling by motorboat to an island on which we will spend the night.
Aerial photograph of mobile campsite on sandy banks of Zambezi River
 
Today we have the privilege of hearing how old hunting grounds can be rehabilitated for conservation as we spend time with pioneering conservationists working along the riverbanks. As the sun sets, we once again camp on an island in the river.
Leopard cub in morning light in Mana Pools National Park
 
We continue by motorboat to the edge of the Mana Pools National Park and an afternoon of exciting game viewing.
Game drive at sunset near Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
 
Transfer to Chirundu.
Exterior view of Masumu River Lodge on edge of Lake Kariba
 
Set in an elevated position overlooking the islands of western Lake Kariba, Masumu River Lodge has been designed to make the most of its spectacular position. Huge picture windows and sweeping verandas face out across the lake, creating an awe-inspiring yet, perfectly tranquil atmosphere. The natural surroundings are also welcomed into the spacious guest lodges where a bedroom furnished in calming tones and en-suite bathroom provide every comfort, and private verandas afford different views across the lake.
Exterior side view of Catalina Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
 
The perfect way to discover the eerie beauty of Lake Kariba is to traverse it by houseboat. Catalina is a luxury catamaran with five bedrooms and excellent facilities. A raft and speedboat provide the opportunity to step offboard and explore your surroundings. On board the middle deck comprises the cabins and a cosy lounge to while away the evening. On the top deck a lounge, open air dining room and swimming pool are the ideal locations in which to sit back and soak in your idyllic surroundings.
Interior of luxurious guest suite with view at Bumi Hills, Zimbabwe
 
The Matusadona National Park is a semi-circular region of hills, valleys and escarpments on the southern shore of Lake Kariba. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is nestled on the edge of the park ensuring guests can enjoy complete privacy for their game viewing and panoramic vistas of the lake. The lodge comprises ten spacious tented rooms, each with a bedroom and large en-suite bathroom. In the central area is a stunning infinity pool, stylish bar and dining room, all boasting breath-taking views.
Exterior of guest area pool at Changa Camp, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
 
The Matusadona National Park is a semi-circular region of hills, valleys and escarpments on the southern shore of Lake Kariba. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is nestled on the edge of the park ensuring guests can enjoy complete privacy for their game viewing and panoramic vistas of the lake. The lodge comprises ten spacious tented rooms, each with a bedroom and large en-suite bathroom. In the central area is a stunning infinity pool, stylish bar and dining room, all boasting breath-taking views.
Exterior view of boma at Kariba Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
 
On the eastern edge of Lake Kariba, Kariba Safari Lodge sprawls across a forested hillside. The lodge has a contemporary design, where possible embracing the iconic surroundings with open fronted communal areas sitting under a cooling thatch roof. Each of the 17 guest rooms enjoys its own unique view of the lake. For those who want to dip their toes, a walk down the hillside takes you to a sandy beach from where you can make your way into a protected area of the lake to swim.
Morning coffee and breakfast set up to watch sunrise over Lake Kariba
 
Staying in small a mobile camp, dwarfed by its vast, wild surroundings and erected just for you offers the chance to spread your arms wide and connect with the majesty of nature. The sights and sounds of Africa are all around you, above a huge starry sky, the distant rumbling roar of lion your lullaby. Yet you are not without a touch of comfort: a cosy bed, hot bucket showers and a chef, on hand, to create delicious fresh cuisine to sustain you on your journey.
Exterior of main guest area at Tamarind Tented Camp
 
Set beneath the shade of a canopy of tamarind trees, Tamarind Tented Camp is a forested retreat along the banks of the Zambezi River. The open-sided main area of the camp sits under a thick thatch roof; when dusk falls, the only light provided by the moon, the campfire and paraffin lanterns, creating an exciting and warm atmosphere. Accommodation is in traditional meru-style safari tents which are comfortably furnished and have an en-suite bathroom complete with bucket shower.
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