Hurungwe and Charara Safari Areas

Why Visit?: 

These are Safari Areas where wildlife hunting is permitted under licence and with Professional Hunters

How to get here: 

As for Mana Pools

This hunting area is situated in the Kariba eastern basin and extends from the Zambezi River at Kariba on the west as far as the Ruckomechi River on the east and is the only hunting zone that stretches down the lake shore. The Makuti / Chirundu National splits this Safari area approximately in half. Hunting safari operators hunt elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hippo, crocodile, sable plus other antelope and bird shooting.

Chapungu Safaris ( is run by professional hunters Ray Townsend and Warren Thorne. They have camps at:

Charara Camp in the Charara Safari Area with en-suite thatched chalets and communal dining area. From here they conduct hunting safaris for big game, plus the smaller plains species.

Gache Gache Lodge ( on Lake Kariba has ten thatched chalets all en-suite with private verandas and a communal dining, lounge and bar area and is located in the Gache Gache River estuary in the eastern basin of Lake Kariba in a natural wilderness area where visitors can experience the “Big 4” wild animals, plenty of crocodiles and hippo, amazing birdlife and wonderful fishing for tigerfish or bream. . The lodge offers guided fishing, or you can bring your own boat; game viewing by vehicle or pontoon boat, guided walking and bush dinners.   Access is by air charter or a half-hour speedboat transfer from Kariba town.

Sengwa Safaris provide custom houseboat safari holidays on Lake Kariba out of Binga and Kariba town offering a complete service from booking, catering, airport transfers and professional guides. They have a wide choice of houseboats that sleep from 4 to 44 people, all with qualified captain & crew.

Ruwanzi Safari Lodge about 40 kilometres from Karoi has en-suite thatched chalets and communal dining area.

Gache Gache Lodge has announced that it is introducing Kariba’s first Volunteerism Programme in 2015 to gain experience in wilderness area & lodge management, anti-poaching and community outreach including assistance to the Gache Gache Schools.  Owner, Ray Townsend, has worked tirelessly over the past few years to protect the abundant fish and wildlife resources of the area by developing  and training an effective anti-poaching team and building strong links with local communities villages and schools. Volunteers taking part will also be able to take part in activities including Fishing, Photography, Birding, Clay Pigeon Shooting and Rifle Training. 

National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority ( have:

  1. Self-catering Nyanyana Lodges on the shore of Lake Kariba where you will be sent to sleep with the snort of hippos and awakened by the cry of the Fish eagle. 

  2. Twenty camping sites close to the lake shore which have the use of two ablution blocks with showers, baths, wash basins and toilets.

  3. Caravan site with a capacity of fifteen caravans.


When to visit: 
Closed in the rainy season December to April
Hunting licence, entrance and accommodation fees charged