Unbeatable Luxury and Fun at Kariba
Kariba is a perfect escape from the freezing weather that usually characterises winter months in Zimbabwe. Unlike Harare, Gweru or even Bulawayo, Kariba is warmer; and the presence of the magnificent Lake Kariba makes Kariba one of the few places in landlocked Zimbabwe with good prospect for luxury water activities.
By air, Harare is just 45 minutes from Kariba; but travelling by air means missing some of the sights en route to Kariba. One of such interesting sites is the Chinhoyi Cave and its sleeping pool. This cave is mystified with various legends. That notwithstanding, it is unarguably an incredible site, one that inspires awe.
On my last trip to Kariba by road, my friends and I (Belinda and Kuda leading us), stopped at this magnificent cave. We were received by the officials of the National Park within which the cave was located and led down the holes to see the system of tunnels and caverns that lead straight to the cool, blue-coloured sleeping pool. The mystery of the pool is that it lies under the cave, fully covered for many years until a section of the upper covering fell to create what is now called a Wonder Hole.
For the stress of what seemed like a full day trip, arriving at Kariba, and lodging at the Caribbea Bay was a respite. The lodge gives an instant feel of life in the middle of the Mediterranean. Its Sardinian architecture, together with the lapping shores of Lake Kariba, made me feel as if I was visiting a fishing village on the Mediterranean coastline and not a resort on the largest man-made water body in Southern Africa!
The reception was wow! Upon getting our room keys and internet access code, we entered our room to freshen up only to find a table of complimentary fruits and drinks. About an hour later, we were treated to one of the nicest dinner ever. It was a buffet with plenty of options.
After such a long journey, one is tempted to pick almost everything on offer and leave with so full a plate. To put myself to check, I asked one of the chef to guide me through with selecting the best options for the local delicacies and the combination he made was sumptuous…I later went for another round!
After dinner, we had a little get together at the bar where we got to meet other guests at the hotel, and people from neighbouring hotels and lodges. The get-together was spiced up with nice mix of music by the DJ.
As early as 7 am the next day, everybody was up. As earlier arranged, our host was ready to treat us to a boat cruise across the magnificent lake Kariba. It was a memorable 2-hour cruise that blew everyone’s mind. We had fun enjoying our breakfast on board, and taking in the beautiful scenery as the cool breeze from the waters blew away our worries and stress. I guess this is one thing everyone should try at least once in a lifetime.
Other interesting things on offers at Caribbea Bay include a range of water sports, such as water skiing, canoeing and even water polo. Junior visitors are kept occupied with two swimming pools, an outdoor play area, Sup tube Waterslide and monkey bars. Tennis courts are also in close range. If game viewing interests you, you can inform the staff at Caribbea Bay and they’ll arrange guided game drives into the nearby Kariba Matusadona National Park.
Well so much can be said about this luxury trip, but for what it’s worth, I’ll advice you never to miss a weekend in Kariba whenever you are in Zimbabwe. The experience is best felt.
*Belinda and Kuda were staff of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, our host. This piece is dedicated to Belinda who passed away on September 3, 2016.
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