The Catalina is moored at Binga, on the southern shores of Lake Kariba.
Before Lake Kariba was filled, the existing vegetation was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that would become the lake bed. As a result the ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine like Kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile Crocodiles and Hippopotamus.
Gamefish, particularly Tigerfish, which was among the indigenous species of the Zambezi river system, now thrive on the kapenta. Fish eagles, cormorants and other water birds patrol the shorelines, as do occasional herds of elephant.
There is no better way to experience a spectacular African sunset than from the sundowner deck of the Catalina,
looking out upon Lake Kariba.
Matusadona National Park