Mlibizi & Msuna

Zimbabwe

Mlibizi is the western terminus for Lake Kariba ferry services. Msuna is a popular fishing and boating centre up the Zambezi River above Devil's Gorge (where the river enters the Lake)

The little fishing village and boating harbour of Mlibizi lies at the extreme western end of Lake Kariba and is the traditional terminus for the passenger and vehicle ferry service that plies Lake Kariba.  Link to Kariba from here on a 22-hour overnight journey via Kariba Ferries

The overnight ferry service which carries vehicles (but has roof space for only three high-roof 4x4s) is a popular way for visitors to traverse the lake to Kariba town from the Hwange/ Victoria Falls area - or vice versa.  The ferry runs weekly and sometimes more often during high season periods.  It's advisable to check out their sailing schedule on their website well in advance, and early booking is essential. 

The ferry departs at 9.00a.m. but passengers need to embark an hour before this.  Some tour operators in Victoria Falls and Hwange offer road transfers to Mlibizi for  travellers without a vehicle. However, since the transfer journey is 3+ hours long from Vic Falls, unless you want to make an extremely early morning start, it is usually more convenient to stay in Mlibizi  the night before the ferry departs to Kariba. 

Accommodation in Mlibizi is restricted to a few privately-owned lodges, self-catering houses, a small hotel and a lakeside resort (self-catering chalets and a campsite) next to the ferry terminal.  Pontoon-style boats can be hired for fishing at a daily rate. 

The Zambezi is navigable  for houseboats and fishing boats upstream from Mlibizi, where the river enters Lake Kariba via the magnificent, steep-sided Devil's Gorge.  There is spectacular cruising and some wonderful overnight mooring spots here and up the Gwayi River which meets the Zambezi just above the Gorge.  

Further upstream the river opens up at Msuna, (featured in our main image photo courtesy Shaun McMinn Photography) where a number of attractive fishing lodges and chalets are available on a self-catering basis on the mainland or on Msuna Island.  

Even further upstream from Msuna Island on the downstream end of the Batoka Gorge some 80 kms below Victoria Falls, is Sidinda - a remote fishing location overlooking the Zambezi River.

For assistance with booking accommodation, houseboats, transfers and activities in and around the Mlibizi, Msuna and Sidinda area, contact:-

Baobab Bookings (agent in Harare & Kariba)

Africa Spectacular  (agent in Bulawayo)

 

Travel listings for this area

ZimParks - Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority

Self-catering lodges/cottages, public and exclusive campsites & picnic sites within the Zambezi Valley's major National Parks and Protected Areas.

Vayeni

Zimbabwe-based tour operator specialising in high-end, luxury travel experiences throughout Southern Africa

Kariba Ferries

Kariba-Mlibizi weekly vehicle & passenger ferry linking the eastern lake (Kariba town) with the western (Mlibizi/Vic Falls/Hwange) lake.

HAC (Halsteds Aviation Corporation)

High quality air charter service throughout Southern Africa, including remote areas of the Zambezi region. Medical Air Rescue evacuations.

Safaris 4 Africa

Experienced Destination Management Company & agent providing safaris and holidays carefully tailormade to the individual needs of clients

Baobab Bookings

Booking agency for accommodation, houseboats, transfers, fishing safaris and other activities throughout Zimbabwe - Lake Kariba specialists

Executive Air (& Life Flight)

Private, professional air charters throughout Zimbabwe and the Africa region, including remote areas. Medical Air Ambulance Rescue service.

Central Air Transport Services (CATS)

Air charter services to Zimbabwe destinations (including remote areas)

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