Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe


An island oasis with conservation at its heart
Fothergill, Zimbabwe

Discover Zimbabwe’s abundant wildlife at this lakeside camp

It might be set on the world’s largest man-made body of water, Lake Kariba, yet the atmosphere of Fothergill is as natural as if created by Mother Nature herself. Bordered by Matusadona National Park and rugged mountains, you’ll find hippos basking in the shallow pools and everything from elephants to antelope roaming the grassy floodplains. It’s a prime spot for game and bird watching, as well as angling. This island retreat was born from a standpoint of conservation, and these values are integral to every aspect of your stay. The power is solar, and the owners are champions of the area; donating to African Parks and working with numerous community projects.

The 10 suites, consisting of either one, two, or three bedrooms, are more like private villas, with each benefitting from a private deck with lake or forest views. The wooden furnishings are made locally, for a finished look that’s sophisticated yet still cohesive with your wild surrounds. Air-con, a well-stocked mini bar and a dip pool complete your comfort. The world-class chefs elevate food into an art form, and there’s no shortage of scenic spots from which to savour each meal. Activities are designed to offer spellbinding encounters with the resplendent wildlife, with daily game drives, guided walking safaris, boating, fishing, and even children’s activities to entertain the whole family.


Built within Matusadona National Park, filled with ample wildlife

Discover the abundant wildlife on daily game drives and walking safaris

10 individual suites with lake and forest views

Supports local communities and conservation efforts

Delicious cuisine in scenic settings

Excellent location for fishing and boating

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