Just because Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in the middle of Southern Africa doesn’t mean it lacks a coastline.
Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake on the African continent after Egypt’s Aswan Dam and Cahora Bassa in Mozambique. Bordered by Zimbabwe and Zambia, and fed by the mighty Zambezi River, Lake Kariba not only generates impressive amounts of electricity, but Kariba town, near the massive dam wall, has become a tourist resort in its own right.
A short drive from the town, on the shore of the lake, is a sight more in keeping with the blue waters of the Mediterranean than the heart of Southern Africa. African Sun’s Caribbea Bay Resort, with its unashamedly Sardinian-style architecture and feel, great climate all year round and a host of water sports on hand, is a favourite playground for Zimbabweans, as well as visitors to the country.
Deliberately fashioned with a Mediterranean coast ambience, Caribbea Bay Resort is an ideal base from which to explore this unique part of Zimbabwe or just enjoy a sun-filled holiday in relaxed comfort. Sundowners on the pool deck, followed by an informal dinner in the Terrace Restaurant.
They also get to know about the surroundings from highly-trained and friendly staff. The mysteries of the Nyaminyami, the Zambezi River god, and his ‘influence’ over the locals are some of the tales enjoyed by guests over a late-night drink.
This well-appointed resort with its 83 rooms, seven of which are suites, has so much to offer. Tours to the nearby Kariba Village are a big attraction with guests who wish to get to know the history and traditions of the local Tonga people.
Another is the crocodile farm where these dangerous creatures can be viewed up close and personal! The massive dam wall itself, with its observation platform, gives visitors a vivid idea of the pressure exerted by Kariba’s vast expanse of captive water on an equally breathtaking man-made structure.
Water sports, from canoeing to the fast and invigorating water skiing, are firm favourites, while within the resort itself regular water polo matches are played, with guests welcome additions to local teams.
For those interested in game viewing, Caribbea Bay staff will arrange professionally guided tours into the Mutusadona Game Reserve. Experienced rangers know where to find a large variety of game including zebra, elephant and the not–so–cute hyena. This is when the camera buffs come into their own getting spectacular shots of Africa’s wildlife.
Whatever the choice of activity, what better than a sunset cruise on Lake Kariba to round off the day. While cruising and enjoying long, cold drinks, join in the banter of the other guests as they describe their days. Sunsets on Lake Kariba are legendary, with the famous, but very brief, green flash before the sun finally disappears, a sight always to be remembered.
Caribbea Bay evenings are always special. Its lively well-stocked bars, the Casita and the Jacana, are ideal spots to make new friends.
The resort has two swimming pools and nearby tennis. Children are also well-catered for. The popular Children’s Playground is their domain with waterslides and board games being the big attractions.
Caribbea Bay Resort is easily accessible by road, some three and a half hours’ drive from Harare, or by air with the airport only 13kms from the resort.
• Kariba Village Tour
• Sunset cruises
• Game drives
• Observation point
• Crocodile Farm
A great deal of effort has been put into making Caribbea Bay the ultimate one stop entertainment and leisure hotel in Kariba. With a dedicated play area for children offering a range of activities including the popular Supatube Waterslide. Caribbea Bay is the perfect retreat for family vacations.
Not only that, but a choice of 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and an array of conferencing facilities makes this hotel flexible enough to meet the unique needs and tastes of a wide range of guests.
This Mediterranean hotel offers:
• 2 restaurants
• 2 swimming pools
• Children’s outdoor play area (Supatube Waterslide, monkey bars)
• Conferencing facilities
• Prearranged business services – including internet access
• Foreign exchange facilities
• Wheelchair accessibility
• Curio shop
• Car hire and touring desk
• Same day laundry
• Baby sitting services
• 24 hour room service
• Packed breakfast & lunch
• Open and secure parking
Accommodation at Caribbea Bay consists of 83 rooms and offers an exciting range of different room types. Rooms range from large spacious suites ideal for a family group, to executive rooms perfect for conferencing guests who wish to unwind at the end of a long day of meetings. Casita rooms are neat little family units that have bunk beds for children and either twin or double beds for the adults.
A dividing curtain is conveniently placed to separating the bunk beds from the main bedroom area. All rooms are tastefully decorated in a warm Caribbean feel and the light pink painted walls truly create the sense of being immersed in the Mediterranean.
Nearly all the rooms in the hotel have balconies and all rooms are fully air conditioned with overhead fan, comfortable bed mattresses, en-suite bathrooms and digital satellite television.
Rooms are easily accessible for disabled guests with ramps linking them to all public areas.
Each room with its own unique look also comprises:
• En-suite bathroom (Shaver socket, toilet, bathtub and shower)
• Digital satellite television
• Safety deposit box
• Work or writing desk
• Air conditioning
• Smoke detectors & sprinkler system
• Tea & Coffee facilities
Caribbea Bay offers a small but comfortable array of conferencing and banqueting facilities. The largest room being the Masaisai Room which can hold a maximum of 120 people, this room has high ceilings but remains intimate and warm.
With a small adjoining kitchen, catering for functions in this conference room is effortless. There are also two smaller rooms ideal for board meetings and small conferences. All conferencing venues have flexible seating plans and are fully air conditioned.
Hotel staff are well trained and dedicated to ensuring that all events are trouble free and seamlessly put together. Guests are advised to communicate any special equipment hire needs in advance to ensure they can be adequately catered for.
The following standard equipment and services are available on request:
• Flip charts
• Overhead projectors
• White boards and markers
• Message boards
• Portable Television and VCR/DVD
• Dedicated registration and break away area
• Tea/coffee and lunch packages
- Restaurant & Bars
Caribbea Bay has two restaurants, the main terrace restaurant and the poolside eating area, to which both offer stunning views of The Lake. The dress code is casual for all meals and special seating plans are easily accommodated, making the hotel a flexible venue with the ability to cater for large groups or for an intimate couple’s dinner.
In a bid to meet the tastes of our varied clientele there are four separate bars throughout the hotel each with its own unique ambiance, although not all bars are open during the low season. All bars and restaurants are staffed by local residents who are distinguished as being some of the most courteous and warm people in the country.
Terrace PatiovThe Terrace Patio is a welcoming dining area with large open windows that keep the restaurant perfectly cool under the hot Kariba sun. The restaurant serves three meals a day; and offers an extensive and varied a la carte menu including the famed Kariba Bream; an absolute must have. The Terrace Patio has a maximum seating capacity of 80 pax.
Poolside eating area
The poolside is the perfect venue for a relaxed afternoon lunch. It is in the open air and affords guests a casual eating experience. Light meals and snacks are served throughout the day. The poolside has a maximum seating capacity of 100 pax.
Located on the patio overlooking The Lake, this bar is a relaxed venue popular for sundowners and late nights. Guests can make special arrangements for barbeques, which are conveniently placed just outside the bar.
This bar is located in the Terrace Patio restaurant (main dining area). It is an open area bar that is ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a casual drink after your meal.
The Round Bar is the popular watering hole of the hotel, located at the poolside it is cool and casual with high stools under a thatched gazebo. A wide range of drinks are served from fruity cocktails to a range of local and imported wines.