Travel Information

Driving From

Harare

From Harare to Kariba is a pleasant scenic drive which if you adhere to speed limits and allow for stops should take you roughly 5 hrs. Along the way you will pass through a number of small towns that you could refuel or use the restrooms.

You will firstly go through Banket, don’t forget to pick up worms just before the town at fisherman’s worms on the left. After Chinhoyi a favourite stop is Lion’s Den butchery which makes brilliant biltong, and various burgers and rolls. A further 80kms is Karoi the town of witches, just after going through Karoi another favoured stop is Twin Rivers, they offer clean ablutions and a small Takeaway. Makuti is your last possible pit stop before Kariba; there is a fuel station and the Makuti Hotel which offers a restaurant, rest rooms and a break from that long haul.

After turning Left at Makuti you then meander down the windy Makuti hill range through prime wildlife area where there is every chance you may encounter elephant, buffalo or even lion so keep to the speed limits as early in the year the grass is tall and you may not be able to see around each corner. There are a number of scenic lay byes along this stretch. Please don’t forget to carry your rubbish with you. The stretch from Makuti to Kariba should take roughly 40 minutes.

If you are boarding a transfer to Spurwing you will more than likely be leaving from Marineland harbor, on entering Kariba the first fueling station on your left is a TOTAL station and there is signage pointing you down the hill left of the station into Marineland harbor.

Marineland harbor is equipped with a shop, rest rooms, a takeaway which does great light meals and safe parking for your vehicle at minimal charge per night. Our regular transfer leaves Mainland at 12 00 noon therefore you will be advised when making your booking a bookings@marineland.co.zw to be at least half an hour early as there may be other people on the transfer. This transfer will then leave from Spurwing at 9 00 am on your day of departure.

The boat ride from mainland to Spurwing is 20km’s and will be roughly 40 minutes, depending on the boat and weather. The boat type is dependent on the number of guests on the transfer.

Generally in a small speed boat for those of you coming in your own boats the trip is usually slightly shorter, be sure to carry your GPS if you are crossing the lake for the first time as on an overcast day you can get disorientated.

Spurwing Island GPS Coordinates are: 16°43’48.16″S 28°41’28.34″E
Fothergill Island GPS Coordinates are: 16°42’15.17″S 28°39’40.98″E

Driving From

Zambia

For those guests coming through or from Zambia, Kariba has a fully functional border post at the dam wall which allows only for light vehicles to cross so no need to worry about being backed up in heavy vehicle traffic, The border post is small and relatively hassle free, If you require transfer by road from either the border post or the Kariba Airport this can be arranged by Hersov Tours which operates out of marineland harbor, they are contactable with the details below.

Tel: +263 773 923 500 / 071 2 209 631
Cell: +263 772 224 280

Email Address: hersovtours@gmail.com
Email Address: kangomatendai@gmail.com

Please Note: Hersov also provide transport from Harare to Kariba.

Flights To

KARIBA AND THE EASTERN BASIN

An attempt is being made to resuscitate flights into Kariba and the various air strips within the Eastern Basin with the assistance of Halsted Aviation. Crispy Fresh is chartering Halsted Aviation planes each week which will fly every Friday from Harare to the Kariba area and back to Harare on a Monday.

See details below.
If you require any further information, please contact the Crispy Fresh Harare office. Email harare@crispyfresh.co.zw, or phone 04 – 754 020/21 or cell 0772 265 600.

Flights will be weekly from Harare main with possibly two stops in the Kariba area per flight sector. Planes can land at Bumi, Tashinga or Fothergill airstrips, as well as at Kariba main. In other words, the plane could land at Bumi and Kariba main, or Bumi and Fothergill etc. 

  • Flights will depart Friday and return Monday to Harare. 
  • The pilot accommodation will be arranged at the final point along the route and the return flight will fly in reverse order.
  • All payments will be in USD cash.
  • Baggage: Soft bags only with a maximum of 15 kgs.
  • 12 seats available per flight sector. However, several types and sizes of plane are available from a 4 seat Cessna to a 12 seat Caravan. The most cost effective plane will be chosen on the day depending on the seats sold.
  • Terms and conditions apply.
  • All flight bookings will be made through the Crispy Fresh Harare Office. A booking confirmation will be handed the client by this office.
  • Clients must be at the Harare Domestic terminal a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the flight. There is a private HAC guest lounge within the terminal. 

Alternative flights can be arranged through Altair, please contact Giles Raynor on: +263 279 23012 or +263 772 515 852, Skype: Giles.Raynor.
If un-available, please try Nick Hinde on: +263 772 254 980.