Lake Kariba

The Catalina is moored at Binga, on the southern shores of Lake Kariba.

The lake is some 226km long and in places up to 40 km wide, and covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers (2,150 sq mi) with its storage capacity being an immense 185 cubic kilometers (44.4 cu mi). The mean depth of the lake is 29 meters (95 ft); the maximum depth is 97 meters (320 ft) making it one of the world's largest man made reservoirs. It is located on the Zambezi river, about halfway between the river's source and its mouth, about 1300 kilometers upstream from the Indian Ocean and lies along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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.
Popular Cruises

Senkwe River 
This usual, popular destination is approximately a 2 hour trip from Binga

Matusadona National Park
Binga to the Ume river in Matusadona is about a 9 hour trip. We would normally stop off for a night in the Christmas Island area, which is about 5 hours from Binga and then leave early the next morning to get through the Sengwa basin before it gets too rough. It takes about two hours to cross the basin but is an interesting trip.
Unfortunately, because of the distance involved in this cruise, an additional fuel cost has to be levied.