Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake on the African continent after Egypts Aswan Dam and Cahora Bassa in Mozambique. Bordered by Zimbabwe and Zambia, and fed by the mighty Zambezi River, Kariba town, near the massive dam wall, has become a tourist resort in its own right.
A short drive from the town, on the shore of the lake, is a sight more in keeping with the blue waters of the Mediterranean than the heart of Southern Africa. African Suns Caribbea Bay Resort, with its unashamedly Sardinian-style architecture and feel, great climate all year round and a host of water sports on hand, is a favourite playground for Zimbabweans, as well as visitors to the country.
Caribbea Bay Resort is an ideal base from which to explore this unique part of Zimbabwe or just enjoy a sun-filled holiday in relaxed comfort. Sundowners on the pool deck, followed by an informal dinner in the Terrace Restaurant, then playing the tables at the intimate casino into the small hours, is only one of the leisure and lifestyle experiences awaiting guests.
Tours to the nearby Kariba Village are a big attraction with guests who wish to get to know the history and traditions of the local Tonga people. Another is the crocodile farm where these dangerous creatures can be viewed up close and personal!
The massive dam wall itself, with its observation platform, gives visitors a vivid idea of the pressure exerted by Karibas vast expanse of captive water on an equally breathtaking man-made structure.
Water sports, from canoeing to the fast and invigorating water skiing, are firm favourites, while within the resort itself regular water polo matches are played, with guests welcome additions to local teams. For those interested in game viewing, Caribbea Bay staff will arrange professionally guided tours into the Mutusadona Game Reserve.
Whatever the choice of activity, what better than a sunset cruise on Lake Kariba to round off the day. While cruising and enjoying long, cold drinks, join in the banter of the other guests as they describe their days. Sunsets on Lake Kariba are legendary, with the famous, but very brief, green flash before the sun finally disappears, a sight always to be remembered.
Facilities at Caribbea Bay Resort
A great deal of effort has been put into making Caribbea Bay the ultimate one stop entertainment and leisure hotel in Kariba. With a dedicated play area for children offering a range of activities including the popular Supatube Waterslide. Caribbea Bay is the perfect retreat for family vacations.
Not only that, but a choice of 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and an array of conferencing facilities makes this hotel flexible enough to meet the unique needs and tastes of a wide range of guests.
Kariba Village Tour
Caribbea Bay offers a small but comfortable array of conferencing and banqueting facilities. The largest room being the Masaisai Room which can hold a maximum of 120 people, this room has high ceilings but remains intimate and warm.
With a small adjoining kitchen, catering for functions in this conference room is effortless. There are also two smaller rooms ideal for board meetings and small conferences. All conferencing venues have flexible seating plans and are fully air conditioned.
Hotel staff are well trained and dedicated to ensuring that all events are trouble free and seamlessly put together. Guests are advised to communicate any special equipment hire needs in advance to ensure they can be adequately catered for.
Caribbea Bay has two restaurants, the main terrace restaurant and the poolside eating area, to which both offer stunning views of The Lake. The dress code is casual for all meals and special seating plans are easily accommodated, making the hotel a flexible venue with the ability to cater for large groups or for an intimate couples dinner.
In a bid to meet the tastes of our varied clientele there are four separate bars throughout the hotel each with its own unique ambiance, although not all bars are open during the low season. All bars and restaurants are staffed by local residents who are distinguished as being some of the most courteous and warm people in the country.
The popular Caribbea Bay Casino is a small but cosy and intimate location. Split into two sections, the upstairs room is where you will find a colourful range of slot machines and the down stairs casino is dedicated to the tables.
The slot machines are a great pastime and are open all day from 1000hrs till late, while the tables are open from 2000hrs. With full air conditioning and a convenient bar service you can be excused for forgetting just what time it is. Fun filled games and competitions are occasionally held to keep guests occupied with exciting prizes on offer.
Situated 13km from Kariba Airport at Caribbea Bay, 425 Impala Drive, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Accommodation at Caribbea Bay Resort consists of 83 rooms and offers an exciting range of different room types. Rooms range from large spacious suites ideal for a family group, to executive rooms perfect for conferencing guests who wish to unwind at the end of a long day of meetings. Casita rooms are neat little family units that have bunk beds for children and either twin or double beds for the adults.
A dividing curtain is conveniently placed to separating the bunk beds from the main bedroom area. All rooms are tastefully decorated in a warm Caribbean feel and the light pink painted walls truly create the sense of being immersed in the Mediterranean.
Nearly all the rooms in the hotel have balconies and all rooms are fully air conditioned with overhead fan, comfortable bed mattresses, en-suite bathrooms and digital satellite television.
Rooms are easily accessible for disabled guests with ramps linking them to all public areas.