Written by Laiton Kandawire
Kariba is a destination offering exceptional scenic views, unforgettable sunsets over huge expanses of water and with local wildlife quietly grazing on the shoreline this creates endless photographic opportunities.
The construction of the dam in the 1950s has opened the door for an array of tourist activities to satisfy the preferences of both local and foreign visitors including fishing, boating, game viewing, birding, palaeontology, photography, culture and crafts. Visitors arrive either by air or road and as far as accommodation goes, the Kariba area as a whole has so much to offer, from budget self-catering camping sites to beach resorts, hotels, houseboats and stunning luxurious safari camps.
While, admittedly, some products and services are decidedly earmarked for foreign markets, this is not the case with the majority of what is available. The domestic market is yet to realise the benefits of using the services of local, area-based destination planners, better known as Domestic Management Companies (DMC) in the travel trade.
Reading personal experiences of tourists, particularly about the Kariba area, it is clear for those of us in the know that the domestic tourist is missing out on some of the fun. In fact, this market seems to be complaining that there is not much more to see after the dam wall visit, lake cruise and a game drive. Nothing can be further from the truth.
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