Fun & Wild
Situated in the Matusadona National Park, Spurwing Island is ideally situated to offer a wide range of game viewing activities. Game viewing options incorporate both the water (by boat) and land (by foot and by vehicle) to ensure that our guests have access to some of the finest game and bird viewing in the country.
This is game viewing along the shoreline by speed boat or covered pontoon. Game viewing from the water adds a whole new experience to the guest’s safari. Unique to Kariba is its forest of ‘dead’ trees which is home to a wide variety of nesting and roosting birds. Mid-morning cruises allow the guests to encounter elephants bathing at the waters edge, watch game coming down for a drink, and see crocodiles basking in the sun.
Afternoon cruises will meet game coming down to the shoreline for a refreshing drink after the mid-day heat. Guests relax with a sun downer whilst watching the spectacular Kariba sunset casting eerie shadows in orange and purple hues across the lake.
Our Game Drives are conducted in purpose-built comfortable Land Rovers. Each vehicle can take 9 guests. Currently the vehicles can leave directly from camp to the Matusadona National Park mainland for the game drive.
These Walking Safaris are led by a Professional Guide within the Matusadona National Park. The walk can take a maximum of six guests. No children under 16 are allowed on the walks.
The walks leave from Spurwing Island by boat – which transfers the guests to the Matusadona National Park mainland where they then either board a vehicle and drive to where they will start the walk, or boat to a starting point for the walk. The walking safari provides an opportunity to study nature at “grassroots level” whether it is an interesting insect, plant, tree, bird, spoor, or a close encounter with wildlife.
Fishing is a popular sport at Kariba and Spurwing Island offers tackle and an experienced coxswain for those who want to try their hand. Fishing trips are offered on a half day basis – departing early morning arriving back in time for lunch, or alternatively departing after lunch arriving back just after sunset.
The Tiger Fish, a fierce fighting fresh-water game fish, offers a thrill to those who manage to land them. The Kariba Bream, which is an excellent eating fish, is a challenge to the keen fisherman.
The Spurwing Chefs are renowned for thier preparation of your catch – if requested. Spurwing Island however encourage catch and release. Own boaters can bring their boat to Spurwing Harbour where there boats will be cleaned and looked after by our Spurwing staff. Packed lunches/drinks can be organised for the day. Not included is the cost of fuel used and the drinks.
This is a scenic trip up the Sanyati River Gorge by speed boat. The river is navigable for about 10 km. The Sanyati Gorge, which is directly opposite Spurwing Island, cuts into the Matusadona mountains providing its own dramatic landscape. During the rainy season waterfalls flow in abundance along the course of the gorge • bird life is prolific and some rarities may be seen including the Black Eagle and African Finfoot.