Kariba Information

Shops & Necessities

Everything you need at your convenience. Although Kariba is in a safari area and pretty much in “the bush”, we still have shops nearby for all the basic stuff.


The main supermarket in Nyamhunga Township is Pick n Pay/TM Supermarkets. Here you will find all your everyday groceries. The Butchery is not too bad…if you don’t see what you want just ask the butcher behind the counter and they will happily cut what you need if they have it.

Crispy Fresh

If you are boarding a houseboat on the Mahombekombe side or are wanting something a bit more upmarket/different, then Crispy Fresh is the place to go…lovely meat, veg and a good selection of sauces/baking products etc…yummy sweets too!

Head towards the border. 500m after the ZUVA garage turn left then left again by SWIFT. Go up and over the hill and take your first right and bear right immediately. They are there on the left.

Lake Harvest Fisheries

If you fail to catch fish, you can buy at the Lake Harvest Shop….on the main street by Glow garage. Or ask our Barmen. They can get you whole frozen fish at a good price.

Car Spares

For spares for your car, see Farai at Marmite (behind Pick n Pay/TM). He can find most things or get them up from Harare on a bus in 24 hours. 


Kariba hosts many fun filled activities for everyone. Read on to find out more!

Guided Walks

New this year are guided walks to/from Nyamasowa, downstream of the dam wall. Another option is along the Nyanyana river. There’s all sorts that you will come across….things that you would normally miss in a car such as fossils, amazing rock formations and the “small” 5….not to mention the normal array of Kariba’s wildlife, birds and trees.


Also new this year, after many years of absence is Parasailing. See the area from the Fish Eagle’s perspective….it’s an amazing experience and one of the few places you can do this in Zimbabwe.


Obviously, fishing is the big one and you can do this either on mainland at Kariba Bream Farm, just a 10 minute drive from Warthogs. You can go just for an hour and be fairly sure to come away with some fish. 

Alternatively, you can take your cooler box and food and have a braai there. The old man that works there is called Solomon and he has been there forever. He is always happy to help you out with some worms or dough (fish’s favourite). You can choose to release the fish back into the ponds or take home what you want.

If you want to have a go out on the lake, Marineland is the place to hire boats.

Kariba Dam Wall

Follow the instructions as above but go past the ZUVA garage (in red) and continue on the main road for another km or so until you reach the customs and immigration. Park here and go into the immigration office. You will need to pay US$1 and leave your passport at the office until you return. Often they only ask for 1 passport if you are in a group. Do not walk past the half way mark of the wall as the authorities get a bit jumpy that you might be heading into Zambia!

Kariba Heights

View over Sampakaruma. Opposite the car park is the church that was built to honour all the people who died during the dam wall construction. Unfortunately it is often locked but you can have a good squint through the grill doors. 100m further along the road is a small car park where curios are sold.

This will give you the most awesome view of the eastern end of the lake. You cannot see the end….not even close. What you see on a clear day is only about 1/5 of the way. This tour is free. The whole route is about 40km and takes a couple of hours.


We can assist with any activity enquiries or bookings at the Camp!


Be sure that you are safe when you visit this small, quaint town


The Good Sheherd Pharmacy is a local, well stocked pharmacy on the Main road in town. Southbank pharmacy is also another option in the area, opposite ZB Bank. 

Emergency Response

One thing that Kariba has is the most awesome service called MARS…Medical Air Rescue Service.

MARS has very dedicated staff who are fantastic at all things. Most important… their phone numbers are 0772 377 406 or 0772 560 445. If you have an emergency, call them and they will assist.  If you are able to drive to them, they are on the Heights. Head towards the border but turn RIGHT at the T-Junction. Go past the  “Jam Jar” bar, past TelOne and past the right turn to Lake Navigation. After this they are the 2nd road on the left and the first house on the right. DO support them…they are a real necessity in Kariba. Obviously it is not for free but it is worth it.

Doctor & Dentist

We also have an amazing doctor Dr Tafara Siduna  0772 412 763. His surgery is opposite Crispy Fresh. 

We have an equally brilliant dentist Clara 0777 224 168 in Nyamhunga.

Police & Fire Fighting Department

Kariba has a police force….we’ll leave it at that.  The police station is on your way to the border…turn right at the ZUVA garage. They are by the Observation Point. When visiting the police station, take plenty of patience with you. Try to talk to CID rather than uniform if you can. Inspector Mashatise 0777 552 112 is part of CID and is very helpful, especially if you tell him you are staying at Warthogs. Also a good guy is Nyevhe from CID 0774 897 671. There is also a police base in Nyamhunga. If you turn off the main tar road towards the shops, then turn first right down a dirt road you might find them. Best of luck. As for fires we have a shiny red truck and lots of water!


We want to make sure you fill up so that you can go explore!

We are blessed to have 6 fuel stations in our small Kariba town. There's Glow Petroleum in Nyamhunga...you can swipe or pay cash. Next along is AMC Total. It doesn't always have but you can phone Titch 0772 786 118 in advance if you want to check. Down the hill from there is Marineland, they nearly always have fuel...USD only. Towards Mahombekombe you have ZUVA who are also pretty good and lastly there is Andora Harbour and GDI Harbour who also have a fairly reliable supply...also USD