Browse listings

A centre for fishing, boating & cultural activities at the south-western end of Lake Kariba.

Binga is a fishing, boating and cultural centre towards the western end of Lake Kariba's southern shore.  It is reachable via tar and gravel roads from a turnoff along the main Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road near Dete/Hwange.   Binga has a servicable tarred airstrip accessible by small charter aircraft.  

The town is an administrative hub created for the Tonga people who originally lived along the Zambezi River and who were re-located inland and to the south, when Lake Kariba was built and its rising waters covered their traditional homes.  

The Tonga way of life and cultural values were completely overturned by this event. Much has been written about the hardships these people have endured since.  International financial assistance has slowly helped the displaced Tonga community to recover and to adjust to new livelihoods. Aid workers and missionaries have helped establish medical and educational facilities and community-owned natural resource management (CAMPFIRE) schemes which encourage people to use wildlife resources without destroying them. 

Batonga traditions and culture are of great interest to visitors.   A cultural museum has been established along with a thriving co-operative handicraft industry, focused on traditional Tonga basketware, beadwork, drums and carved stools and doors.  However, the downturn in Zimbabwe's tourism in the past decade has not made life any easier for these people. 

Batonga village cultural tours and visits to the museum and the traditional craft markets can be arranged.  

Besides its cultural significance, Binga is a also good place for visitors from Bulawayo, Hwange or the Victoria Falls to access a lake cruise, a housboat charter or a fishing holiday on Lake Kariba without having to go all the way to Kariba town.  The town makes a good stopping-off point for self-drive visitors aiming to drive the long, slow 4x4 gravel road along the southern shore of Lake Kariba.

Much of the accommodation in Binga is privately-owned, so visitor facilities are limited and mostly self-catering.  There are some lakeside villa options and small lodges.  The once-popular hot springs rest camp and campsite is still operational, but currently undergoing refurbishment.  A few houseboats are available for hire and one or two lodges also hire out fishing boats on a daily basis.  

Fuel is generally available in Binga.  There is a "deli" supermarket providing meats, dairy, fruit and vegetables as well as ice and drinks.  Fresh supplies can be pre-ordered by people staying in self-catering accommodation or on houseboats.  These can be put in place for them on arrival.

For assistance with booking accommodation, cruises, houseboats and activities in and around Binga, contact:-

Africa Addict (DMC and agent based in Victoria Falls)

Baobab Bookings (agent in Harare & Kariba)

Heartveld Adventures (agent for Zimbabwe holidays, including Lake Kariba)

Zambezi Cruise & Safaris (luxury lake cruises out of Binga or all along the Lake between Binga and Kariba Town)


Related articles:-

Latest ZimParks Fees (Travel Advice)

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR SELF-DRIVERS: Tackling the remote "Back Route": Victoria Falls/Hwange to Kariba/Mana Pools (Travel Blog, April 2022)

Exploring Binga (Travel Blog Jan 2020)

Cruising Lake Kariba out of Victoria Falls  (Wild Zambezi Blog Oct 2016)

Travel listings for this area

ZimParks - Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority

Self-catering lodges/chalets, tented camp, campsites & picnic sites within the Zambezi Valley's major National Parks and Protected Areas.

Zambezi Cruise & Safaris - boats & cruises

Luxury cruise and safari experiences on board a fleet of prestigious houseboats on Lake Kariba combined with safari lodges in Kariba and near Harare.

Executive Air

Private, professional air charters throughout Zimbabwe and the Africa region, including remote areas.

SuperFly - air charter website

Website for air charter flight bookings & "empty-leg" specials throughout Zimbabwe

Africa Addict

Victoria Falls-based DMC and travel agent for tailormade, personalised safaris and holidays in Zimbabwe, to suit every pocket.

Central Air Transport Services (CATS)

Air charter services to Zimbabwe destinations (including remote areas)

Baobab Bookings

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

HAC (Halsteds Aviation Corporation)

High quality air charter service throughout Zimbabwe and the region, including remote areas, with Emergency Medical Response packages available.

View all

Loading map...

Browse listings

Enter your details below to subscribe to the Wild Zambezi newsletter.


Enter your details below to subscribe to the Wild Zambezi newsletter.

* indicates required