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Board the ultimate scenic flight from Bumi Hills Safari Lodge

Flying into and out of Lake Kariba is an experience you’ll never forget…

By Dick Mambara
Pilot at Bumi Hills

Flying across the African bush on a light aircraft is always a fantastic experience, but flying into and out of Lake Kariba is an experience you’ll never forget.

Kariba, on Zimbabwe’s northern border, is the world’s largest manmade lake, in terms of volume of water. Seeing it from the air makes you appreciate its vastness – you feel like you’re at the edge of the sea. Sometimes you can see elephants grazing at the shoreline.

Guests book the flight as a way of travelling from A to B and getting between our camps but it’s a very special flight. As you cross the countryside on the Bumi to Mana Pools flight, part of the Zambezi river comes into view. You get plenty of time to appreciate the spectacular landscape beneath you while enjoying views of the rugged Matusadona mountain terrain, the islands and the petrified trees.

Flying times are dependent on whether a Cessna or Caravan is being used but the flight from Somalisa to Bumi is around an hour and 15 minutes and from Bumi to Mana is around an hour and 20 minutes.

Sometimes you get a glimpse of the Kariba dam wall – a must for any engineers – with its magnificent concrete arch. The amount of water that pours over is gobsmacking. More often than not, guests are packed up with a lunch box or snack and there will be some commentary – especially if the pilot spots something.


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Alfred & Dick Mambara

Dick never planned to be a pilot. He was headed to law school when the opportunity came about. He seized it and have never looked back. He never imagined that he would fall in love with flying the way he has. He thinks flying over Lake Kariba is unforgettable. The serene water, the history and views of one of the largest man-made lakes make for memorable experiences.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Adele, who's travelled extensively in Zimbabwe. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the ranger who can show you the best game viewing and fishing spots on the Zambezi, the guide who’ll introduce you to ‘moonbows’ at Victoria Falls and the locals who’ll share their dinner with you.

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