About Kariba Bush Club, Zambia – Sustainable Green Ecotourism and World Travel in Africa
Kariba Bush Club was established in 2003 as a family owned backpackers’ lodge with guest houses able to accommodate 32 guests. As the word of our secret location spread, we have grown to include another guest house, four en-suite lake view chalets and two houseboats, now being able to accommodate a maximum of 76 guests excluding the campsite. Our mainland campsite is situated under a large grassy canopy, and our new island campsite provides an opportunity for a real bush experience!
Travelers to Lake Kariba who are in search of spectacular wildlife and fishing opportunities may look no further than Kariba Bush Club’s Maaze Island bush camp. Situated on a private and secluded island, stocked with prime game, including impala, eland, bushbuck and the occasional elephant, we offer game walks and fishing excursions. The camp itself, which rustically blends into its surroundings, is comprised of 6 tents each with their own shower and toilet. A Boma with a bar, lounge and dining area provides a space for relaxation whilst soaking up the jaw dropping views out into the bay. There is a kitchen set up for self-catering, but full board can be organized on request for those who wish to take it a little bit easier. For the romantic at heart, full moon cruises combined with dinner on one of the sandy beaches will be available during the dry season (April-October), weather dependent.
At the main lodge, guests can enjoy a fully stocked bar, all our safari activities, a swimming pool with stunning views, self-catering kitchen and braai (aka BBQ) facilities, as well as delicious homemade meals prepared by our cooks.
Luxury and Budget Accommodations at Kariba Bush Club
- Baobab House sleeps up to 6 and is perfect for spending quality time with friends and family. Available for US $275 for the whole house.
- Marula House sleeps up to 10 and has its own private pool. Available for US $350 for the whole house.
- 4 lake view en-suite chalets offer comfort and privacy for guests wanting more luxurious accommodation. Available for US $85 per person/per night including breakfast, or US $110 pp/pn for full board.
- 8 dorm beds are located in a cozy and colorful room with bunk beds. Available for US $20 per person/per night.
- 4 private rooms (not en-suite) are simple yet clean and situated within our original lodge. Available for US $35 pp including breakfast.
- 1 family room (not en-suite) is also situated within our original lodge, in a cosy nook of the garden. Available for US $35 pp including breakfast.
- Kholisa Houseboat (sleeps up to 30) from US $85 pp/pn, minimum of 15 people.
- Maaze Island Bush Camp – 6 en-suite tents from US $40 pp/pn self-catering. (Our most popular accommodation.)
- Or pick a shady spot on our campsite for US $9 a night!
Getting to Kariba Bush Club
Nearest International Airports: Lusaka or Livingstone International Airport
Travel Directions from Airport: If traveling directly by self-drive, it takes 5 hours to reach Kariba Bush Club from Lusaka airport or 4 hours from Livingstone’s airport. If using public transport, you will get a bus to Choma on the Lusaka to Livingstone road. The lodge can arrange transfers from Choma through a local taxi driver. Alternatively, transfers can be arranged from the aiport if booked in advance.
How to be Green – Sustainable Development at Kariba Bush Club
Kariba Bush Club is working in partnership with The School Club Zambia, a registered Zambian NGO, to implement a financially self-sufficient model with our local Siansowa Community School. Community schools in Zambia provide education and social support to families who cannot afford the costs associated with government schools, namely for orphans. The self-sufficient school model works by starting school-run businesses that provide enough income to cover all of the school’s expenditure. It encourages trade rather than aid, which builds confidence rather than dependence. We are helping to develop businesses at the school that promote local crafts to sell at our lodge curio shop, as well as products that the lodge and the local community can frequently buy, like organic vegetables. All agricultural projects at the school have a strict organic policy. We also run extra-curricular activies like a school gardening club and employ school volunteers when the school is fundraising for resources.
For the last 20 years, the owners of Kariba Bush Club have actively been involved in improving the livelihoods, healthcare, and education standards of our local community. Since the 1980s we have built a school, local clinic, and a road linking the village to the nearest town of Maamba. The lodge continues to offer support to our community, including providing free transport to the nearest hospital, which is a 3 hour drive away during times of emergency; micro credit facilities at no interest; and excellent working conditions for our employees.
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