Spurwing Island Lodge

Lake Kariba, Matusadona

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Spurwing Island Lodge is located on its own island on Lake Kariba, overlooking the majestic mountains of the Matusadona range.  When the lake water levels are low, the island joins the mainland of the Matusadona National Park.  

One of the longest-running lodges in the area, Spurwing has long been a popular getaway for wildlife enthusiasts, serious fishermen, families, holiday makers and wedding parties.

Spurwing Island is able to cater for a maximum of 40 adult guests in three different styles of accommodation (see below)  All have undergone recent refurbishment and modernisation, with chromadeck roofing replacing thatch.  All have twin beds (double or additional beds can be added on request), en-suite bathrooms, fans, mosquito nets, insect spray/repellent and 220V electricity.

Chalets have spacious front decks and sliding windows and doors to maximise lights and views.  They are spaciously designed for families, with en-suite bathrooms and extendable chair-beds to accommodate children. 

Cabins are twin or double with verandahs offering stunning views over Lake Kariba and Matusadona Mountains.

Tents are twin or double with extendable chair-beds to accommodate children, an en-suite bathroom and verandah overlooking the Spurwing harbour and Lake Kariba.

Special Events
Spurwing is an excellent place for special occasions - birthdays, celebration dinners, family reunions or weddings.  The lodge will organise a package including catering, décor, transport and accommodation for up to 40 people.  Special arrangements can be made for larger functions.

Spurwing Island offers a range of different activities including excellent fishing, scenic boat trips, including day trips to the Sanyati Gorge, and game viewing on foot, by boat or Landrover. The park boasts a large population of wildlife and bird life, making it a photographer’s paradise.

You can get to Spurwing by self-driving (or taking a minibus transfer) to Kariba from Harare or Lusaka.  Boat transfers take approximately 40 mins from Marineland Harbour in Kariba.  The lodge can also be access via air charter flights into the nearby Fothergill airstrip, followed by a short boat transfer to the lodge.


Linked stories & blogs:-

Spurwing Island's accommodation upgrades are great!  (Travel Blog March 2023)

Bush Bathrooms (Travel Blog, Sept 2021)

Family Fun in the Wild (Travel Blog July 2021)

Warm winter weddings (or honeymoons) in the wild  (Feature Blog - June 2021) 

Green Season Splendour (Feature Blog - Jan 2021)

Celebrating a special occasion in the wild  (Travel Blog Oct 2020)

A dozen a dime - family fun at Spurwing (July 2019)

Spurwing Island Lodge: clearly a successful formula (April 2017)

Reviews 3

Kat and Eric Kimpton and family, USA 10 January 2024
IT WAS FANTASTIC!! Absolutely perfect. They upgraded my mom to a chalet next to us and she said it was the "most luxurious place" she has ever stayed! The staff were so kind, out guides incredible, delicious food, stunning sunsets, and the perfect amount of activities and relaxing. We were so thankful it was so family friendly. And waking up to hippos and elephants in front of our porch every morning was so special.
Hayley & Len Idensohn, Harare, Zimbabwe 15 December 2016
We spent a couple of days at Spurwing in November and stayed in one of the chalets. It's a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of Harare. We had our own boat so could go out fishing or game viewing or just lie in and watch the stunning sunrise. Friendly, helpful staff, excellent and abundant food, great guides, and an ideal place to recharge one's batteries.
Kirsty Stidolph, Zimbabwe 6 May 2015
Just back from a wonderful 3 nights at Spurwing - a big group booking of approx. 30 people after a family wedding very well looked after by the Spurwing team, so thanks to them. Food was fantastic, accommodation excellent, staff friendly, service efficient - only downside was our poor fishing skills but that will have to be our excuse to make a return visit. Highly recommend a visit to anyone. Thanks Mitch, Tarryn, Stacey & team.
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