It was a long drive but we finally arrived at Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made dam! It's about 230klms in length and holds a ridiculous, unfathomable amount of water! The numbers boggle the mind. After an incredibly long drive we arrived! We found our boat and met the crew, they helped us unload all of our luggage on to the boat and it wasn't long before we were off! Kariba is insanely beautiful, along the way the views were spectacular! It took us about an hour and a half before we found a cove to anchor and stay the night. It wasn't long before my little brother Mikaeel had baited his rod and cast off the boat. Dad and Riq decided to take him out on one of the two speedboats being towed by our houseboat to a better fishing spot. There was so much wildlife around us, literally could see eagles catching fish, crocs and hippos chilling nearby. Just before sunset Dad, Riq and Mika were back, with only a couple. Mika hadn't caught anything but he was so determined that he fished from the houseboat for a few hours into the dark. Eventually we heard him scream saying he caught something, he had! It was a little catfish! Now he could relax. It was so hot and humid that we all slept out on the boat instead of in the cabins, with mosquito nets of course! Sleeping under the stars was pretty amazing!
Early the next morning all the young lads head out on one of the speedboats to a nice quiet fishing spot. We were there for quite a while and unfortunately not much luck. Only a few small ones here and there. So we head back to the houseboat and prepared to move the houseboat to a different spot on this enormous lake. It took a few hours but totally worth it. The spot was absolutely beautiful and littered with wildlife as well. In one line of sight I could see Elephants, Wildebeest and Springbok. Closer to the boat I could see more Crocs and Hippos!
Once we had settled the guys decided to head off on another little fishing expedition. I stayed behind as I didn't have much luck that morning and I was too busy staring at animals. Meanwhile Dad and Riq we catching copious amounts of fish. Eventually I joined them, for some reason I wasn't having much luck, they were literally pulling them in every few minutes. Dad actually added another hook to his line and started catching two at once! Ridiculous. Dad and Riq had about 50 between them at this stage. It took a while but eventually I started catching! Phew! You can guess what we had for dinner and yes, it was insanely delicious!
Slept under the stars again this time I woke up in the middle of the night to lightning off in the distance and a beautiful cool breeze. I kept waking up periodically and the breeze was getting heavier and heavier till eventually it was a strong wind which blew my mosquito net right off. It was still a really beautiful temperature to lie in. I felt one drop on my forehead and literally a second later it was bucketing down. The crew ran up and helped us move everything under cover and we ended up sleeping in the cabin.
The next few days and nights were really great, all spent doing much of the same. Fishing, eating, relaxing and board games with all the kids at night. Most importantly and probably best, I was stuck on a boat with my family who I don't get to see very often. I was such a great opportunity to catch up and learn about everyone's lives and how much my little siblings have actually grown up. The trip went way too fast and I definitely wish I had more time to spend with them. If anyone ever has a chance to visit Zimbabwe, I highly recommend getting a houseboat on lake Kariba. Hopefully I'll be able to take Ka on a trip to Zim, it's such a beautiful Country with so much to offer!