Changa Safari Camp (Kariba)

Coffee with a view over Lake Kariba

Experience an unforgettable wildlife safari at Changa Safari Camp is in a remote and secluded part of the Matusadona National Park, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. This romantic camp enjoys a private concession area within the Park and boasts nearly 4 kilometers of lakeshore frontage. The East African Styled luxury tents are private and exclusive with commanding views of the rugged and enquiring Matusadona Mountains.

Changa Safari Camp is an oasis of tranquility and offers a unique and authentic safari experience; on the shores of Lake Kariba. The lodge has been designed to blend in with the environment; an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

The open-air lounge area with welcoming leather chairs and sofas; is shaded by a thatch roof with bursts of color from the individually designed mosaic tiles. It’s a great spot where you can unwind while admiring the scenery.

Set among the shade of Mopane trees, the inviting swimming pool overlooking the lake; provides a great location for a poolside cocktail or an afternoon dip in the heat of the day.

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Changa Safari Camp Accommodation

Changa Safari Camp has 6 x luxury en-suite tented rooms; with private verandas and lake views, an outdoor bath, and a shower.

Each luxury en suite tent is tastefully decorated with unique African influences. From rustic wood to leather and woven basketry, crisp white linen to locally crafted furniture. All tents are mosquito proofed with specialized netting. There are fans for your comfort during the hot months.

Honeymoon at Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe
Romantic Outdoor Bathtub – ideal for honeymoons

There are also two family units which consist of the normal luxury safari tent, and to this; a smaller replica of the tent. The second tent has two 3/4 beds which can be joined together to make a king bed. They also have a dressing room, separate shower, separate toilet, wash hand basin, and an outside deck. A secure tented corridor links the two tents. This allows children to move freely between their tent and their parents; in complete safety and privacy. Whilst the 2nd tent can be described as a ‘kids’ tent; it is tastefully furnished, private, and spacious enough to accommodate adults. Therefore the family units are suitable for both families and adult groups traveling together.

Kariba Family Safari
Kariba Family Safari at Changa Safari Camp

Families, couples, and groups of friends love it here; nothing beats the fun, romance, and excitement of a Changa stay. How about booking out the entire camp for a wildly happy special occasion?

Discreetly positioned in the front-facing trees, are small sprinklers that may be turned on; inviting a flurry of feathers to your doorstep. Watch the colorful birdlife darting in and out the spray. The unique landscape surrounding Changa provides each tent with its own breathtaking view of the unspoiled environment.

Other Camp amenities and services include:

Main deck area which leads to a lower deck, fire pit, and beach
Early morning tea and coffee are delivered to your tent at a pre-arranged time
Solar power electricity in the camp
WiFi is available. However, there is limited mobile phone coverage.
Daily laundry service is available
Bathroom vanity with double basins & luxury amenities
Outdoor bathtub
Dressing table and ample cupboard space
Universal plug points
Lockable safety deposit bag for all your valuables
Hairdryers are available at the front reception
In-room guest amenities provided
Wheelchair Friendly
Curio shop
On-site Spa: A calm and rejuvenating massage or treatment in the most idyllic setting could not be a more pampering experience. Indulge a little… you’re on holiday.

Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park

The Matusadona National Park consists of some 338000 acres of unspoiled and unfenced splendor. Rugged mountains, springs and streams, Miomba woodlands and Mopane scrublands; pristine riverine vegetation, crystal clear lake water, and grass flanked shoreline; all combine to create a unique habitat for healthy populations of African Mammals. Elephants, who have adapted to a semiaquatic lifestyle, frequent the shoreline; as do numerous species of antelope, their feeding patterns governed by the everchanging lake levels. Lion, leopard, hyena, and cheetah occur in good numbers. A small, but very important population of endangered black rhinos roam the Park.

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The beautiful surroundings on a Kariba safari with Elephants and Hippos

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake; covering almost 5,600 square kilometers. This vast expanse of freshwater is home to some fantastic fish species. These include the famous Tigerfish, Tilapia bream, Catfish, and the mighty Vundu.

Changa Safari Camp Activities:

There is a varied range of exciting and relaxing activities to choose from; including both morning and afternoon game drives, fishing for the famed fighting Tigerfish and stunning game walks on the concession; with an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Details on Activities at Changa Safari Camp

Walking

Arguably the best way to experience and feel in touch with the African bush. Changa’s professional guides have a thorough knowledge of the area and, accompanied by them; you can experience Matusadona National Park ‘at its best’. For your comfort, walks are in the early mornings and late afternoons. We recommend wearing neutral or “bush” colored clothing. Because the terrain can be uneven and rocky; bring appropriate footwear; track shoes are not ideal and they are pervious to grass seeds and thorns.

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Walking Safaris at Changa Safari Camp in Lake Kariba, Matusadona

Game Drives

Game drives may be by vehicle or boat on the concession and into the National Park; in the morning before and after breakfast and after mid-afternoon tea. Open game vehicles are the perfect way to discover the area; providing a fantastic opportunity to see a variety of wildlife; including lions, buffalo, and elephants while taking in the beautiful scenery.

Birding

Bird watching can be done on either a gentle boat cruise or a game drive in the morning or afternoon. The birdlife in the park is prolific, with 350 different species identified in the area; including ducks, herons, plovers, and storks; that congregate along the waterfront and darters and cormorants who use the putrefied and partially submerged trees; that have stood since the creation of the lake some 50 years ago; as a base for their fishing forays. These airy trees, remnants of great hardwood forests; provide homes for bats and insects; vantage points, and nesting sites for fish eagles, darters, cormorants, and kingfishers. Other adept fishermen are ospreys and the iconic African fish eagle. These are often seen perched majestically on a high branch. Their clear ringing call has to be the most characteristic and evocative sound on Lake Kariba. It is truly a ‘WATER WILDERNESS’.

Zimbabwe Birding safari
Zimbabwe Birding safari – Pied Kingfisher and Lilac-breasted roller

Fishing

For most of the year, Lake Kariba is truly one of the greatest places in Africa for fishing. For those guests who would like to have a go at catching their lunch or dinner; you can catch it and the lodge will cook it for you. Or head out for fighting tiger fish with experienced guides.

Boat Cruises

Relax and enjoy one of Lake Kariba’s most popular activities and a favorite at Changa. Whilst drifting along the banks of the lake, you will also encounter some great wildlife sightings in their peaceful surroundings. What better way to end your day in Kariba; than listening to the sounds of hippos around you and witnessing an unforgettable sunset on the lake?

Sanyati Gorge

A short boat ride across the lake will bring you to the scenic Sanyati Gorge; where you can meander peacefully through the steep cliffs for up to 10 km. The Sanyati Gorge is both unspoiled and undisturbed. An abundance of birdlife, the occasional sighting of antelope, and great fishing. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars for this activity as the dramatic landscape will leave you speechless.

Lake Kariba activities - Sanyati Gorge
Lake Kariba activities – Sanyati Gorge
A Typical Day at Changa Safari Camp

Changa endeavors to provide an exclusive, tailor-made experience to suit you individually. Where possible activities are planned around you.

5.30 am – Rise and Shine, it’s Safari Time!

As the sun rises at dawn and the sounds of the chirping of birds; a tray of hot tea, coffee, and homemade biscuits arrives at your tent. Mornings are typically cool but tend to get warmer once the sun is up. For clients who are into healthy safaris, yoga is available.

Healthy and fit safaris
Calming yoga by the pool overlooking Lake Kariba

Breakfast Time

Breakfast times at Changa are flexible depending upon which activity you choose to do in the morning. If you go out for an early morning activity, you will have a substantial continental breakfast before you go; then during your activity, you will stop for tea/coffee and some baked rusks. If you choose to do a later activity; you will be able to enjoy a leisurely cooked breakfast before heading out; served al fresco on the main elevated deck; either under the shaded thatched open-air dining room or; under the Zig-Zag Terminalia tree overlooking the private beach.

6 am – 9 am: Your First Activity of the Day

Your friendly guide will meet you in the lounge area before departing on your chosen morning activity.
Whether it’s a game drive, game walk, or a fishing trip on the lake; you are guaranteed an exciting few hours to begin your day in Kariba.
Expert guides will be able to suggest activities and the best times to head out; based on what they feel would give you the best experience. Game viewing times and fishing spots change with the seasons and the lake levels rising and falling throughout the year. Expect to see elephants, zebra, and buffalo along the lake shoreline or in the park itself. Before heading back to camp, stop for a relaxing tea break alfresco style; while immersed in the African bush.

Now it’s your time to relax

As temperatures rise during the hottest hours of the day; we suggest you follow in the footsteps of the animals and enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation. Make yourself at home in the comfortable lounge area; which is the perfect spot to read a book or play a board game; or recline back by the pool area on a sun lounger with an iced cold drink overlooking the lake.

1 pm – Lunchtime

The gourmet cuisine will certainly be a highlight of your trip to Changa Safari Camp. The chefs lovingly prepare a variety of delicious meals for you using the freshest of ingredients. Lunch is al fresco-style. Either under the open-air thatched dining room or; under the zig-zag Terminalia tree, overlooking the private beach and the Lake Kariba shoreline. After lunch; enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, document your birdlife and wildlife sightings from the morning activity; or retreat to your tent for a well-deserved siesta or to read a book.

3.30 pm – 7 pm:  Afternoon Tea Time and Your Second Activity of the Day

A tasty afternoon tea in the lounge area with your guide and the rest of the guests in camp. After a glass of homemade iced tea or freshly brewed local coffee, served with a range of baked goodies; you will venture out for your next chosen activity. Don’t forget to bring along a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, insect repellent, and of course; a camera to capture that iconic Lake Kariba sunset shot!

With the heat from the afternoon slowly passing, the wildlife becomes a little more active. Your knowledgeable guide will ensure you visit the very best spots to view a variety of game and birdlife; as they emerge from the shaded bushveld.

If this is your first trip to Lake Kariba, you are in for a treat; with the sunsets being some of the most spectacular and breath-taking moments you will witness. Watching the warm colors surround you and reflect off the lake, paired with an ice-cold sundowner; with no one else around you, is sure to be an ultimate part of your day.

Dinner Time

A delicious 3-course candle-lit dinner is served with the beat of a drum at 7.30 pm. Dinner is at a different location for each night of your stay. Enjoy a traditional meal set around the campfire on the sandy beach, under starry African skies. Or; a fine-dining experience on the lovely deck area overlooking the lake. Private dining is available for those opting for a more personal and romantic setting or to celebrate a special occasion.

Time for Bed

With the early wake-up calls, most guests are ready to wind down for the day shortly after dinner. Soak up the sounds of the African bush as you enjoy a nightcap from the comfort of your private deck; or a luxurious open-air bath. For those not quite ready to go to bed, enjoy an after-dinner tipple; while stargazing under the night’s sky and sharing the adventures of the day with other guests. Or sitting back and listening to the guide’s fireside tales of Lake Kariba’s history and the legendary Nyami-Nyami; a firm favorite with guests!

Where is Changa Safari Camp?

How to Get to Changa Safari Camp

Flying in over Lake Kariba is something truly incredible; leaving you with a clear idea of just how vast the lake is. You will enjoy views of the rugged Matusadona mountain terrain, outcroppings of islands; a sea of white trees jutting out of the glass-like water, and herds of elephants; grazing on the new shoots of green grass on the shorelines.

There are several chartered flight options; either from Harare, Hwange, Mana Pools, or Victoria Falls; where you fly into Fothergill Island and then a 15-minute boat ride to camp; or alternatively fly to Kariba and then a 45-minute boat ride to camp.

Guests will land at either Fothergill Airstrip; the closest and preferred option; or Kariba Main Airport based on weather conditions & at the charter companies’ discretion.
From Fothergill Airstrip; used during the dry season months of April to November; it is a 30-minute game drive to the camp. Occasionally when the lake levels are high, this transfer will be done by boat as Fothergill becomes an island. This takes approximately 20 minutes.
From Kariba Main Airport; used during the rainy season months of December to March; it is a 20-minute drive from the airport to Marineland Harbor; followed by a 40-minute boat cruise across the lake to Changa.

Getting to Kariba
The best way to arrive at Changa Safari Camp is by light aircraft

Self-drive is not recommended unless guests are serious 4×4 enthusiasts.

Changa Safari Camp Accommodation Rates

Standard Rates in US$ on an All-Inclusive basis:

Changa Safari Camp Rates per nightDeluxe TentDeluxe Family Tent
Per person sharingAdults sharingChild
High Season:
1st July until 31st October 2022
$590$489$343
Green Season:
1st November 2022 until 31st March 2023
$380$380$266

Child rates are for kids under 12 years.
Children under 2 years of age stay for free.

There are 6 x Deluxe tents which can be either twin or double bed configurations.
Deluxe tents can accommodate 2 x adults. A child’s bed can be added on request (for those under 12 yrs). The rate will be 50% of the adult rate.

There are 2 x Family tents which can accommodate 2 x adults in the adult tent; and 2 x children in the kid’s tent. On request; a third child can be accommodated. The third child will pay 50% of the adult rate.
Adults can be accommodated in the kid’s tent if requested. The rate is 20% off the normal per person sharing rate.

Single supplements:

In high Season a 25% Single Supplement applies,
Low / green & mid Season allows for 1 free single supplement per booking; thereafter a 25% surcharge applies.

Rates Include / Exclude

Rates include accommodation, all meals, and snacks, all beverages including teas & coffees, laundry, Wifi, all activities, and 14.5% VAT and 2% Government Tourism Levy.
Excludes National parks fees, Conservation fees, and transfers.

Changa Safari Camp Accommodation Specials

Treat yourself to an extraordinary experience with our incredible special offers!

Changa Safari Camp Deals:

Pay only $350 per person per night for stays at Changa Safari Camp; with the same inclusions / exclusions as above.
Valid from 1st November 2022 until 31st March 2023

Stay 6 Pay 5 combo with Changa Safari Camp and The Hide

Spend 6 nights on safari with 3 nights at both of these beautiful camps (Changa Safari Camp at Lake Kariba & The Hide in Hwange National Park) and you will receive one for free. More information on this Hwange and Kariba combination package.
Valid until 31st March 2023.

Changa Safari Camp (Kariba)
Changa Safari Camp
Matusadona National Park
Lake Kariba Zimbabwe

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