Sunset from Changa Safari Camp on Lake Kariba

Sunset from Changa Safari Camp on Lake Kariba

When the high altitude areas of Zimbabwe are chilly during the mid-winter months of June and July, the climate in Kariba, which is in the low-lying Zambezi valley, is much milder.

The sun shines warmly during the day (but not with the intense heat of the summer months) and thanks to the moderating influence of the lake, there is only a slight evening chill at night and in the early mornings.

It’s a great place to escape to!

Changa Safari Camp's Lounge

Changa Safari Camp’s Lounge

Changa Safari Camp, is the newest addition to Lake Kariba’s safari destinations within the Matusadona National Park.  Wild Zambezi received some beautiful images of Lake Kariba taken by Jo Sharp at Changa Camp during the winter months.  Here’s a snippet from their newsletter:-

Jo says “….brisk windy mornings, crystal clears skies, sunshine during the day, and a slight chill creeping into the air after sundown. Morning activities are a chilly affair, but with the help of a steaming cup of coffee and a knee blanket they have been bearable. The clear night skies are canvasses of brilliant shimmering stars, satellites and the milky way burns a prominent path across the sky.”

Fast facts about Lake Kariba:
Dam wall completed 1958
Length of Lake Kariba 220 kilometres
Width 40 kilometres
Total Area 5 580 sq. km
Capacity 185 cubic kilometres
Maximum depth 97 metres


“The full moon rises have been spectacular, silkily slipping over the escarpment bathing the bay in silver ripples, and splashing the skeletal trees with a ghostly pallor. Chilly winter evenings have made for wonderful moments around the campfire on our beach, with the lake gently lapping meters away.” said Jo.

CheetahSightings of lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and illusive cheetah are reported.  “Bream fishing has been quite good, with guests catching enough for dinner on several occasions!…. The bush is drying out rapidly, with the grass turning lion gold, sprinkling seeds of all shapes and sizes into the wind or clinging to the fur of passing animals. The escarpment has been lit by bush fires, the warm glow of flames breaking the inky black silhouetted mountain range at night.  Arachnophobes will be pleased to know that we have seen the last of the golden orb spiders, prolific in the wet season. ”

“Only a few straggling webs remain high above the road, and the spiders have died off, leaving their eggs in nests at the tops of the mopane trees…for next year.  Game sightings continue to improve as the bush thins out, and the inland water dries up. As the lake slowly recedes the shoreline increases providing lush green grass, which will hopefully entice the buffalo to grace us with their bulky presence.” stated Jo.

For more information and contact details, see this link:  Changa Safari Camp

Changa Safari Camp


From: Wild Zambezi

Date: 27 July 2013