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Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is an excellent location for digital wildlife photography, the light is fantastic, there are plenty of wide open spaces and an abundance of wildlife. Below are a small selection of my photographs taken whilst on a Kariba Houseboat. If you would like to use any of my elephant pictures, see instructions below.

Kariba Sunsets

The sunsets in kariba are incredible and I struggle to make sure I don't take thousands of sunsrt photos.

Sunset, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Elephant Photos

Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is an excellent place to take photos of Elephants. Towards the Matusadona National Park, near Fothergill and Spurwing Islands they are a common site coming down to the waters edge to drink and cool off. The bulls will often spend all day almost in the same spot and this gives you plenty of time to get great elephant photos.

Elephant Bull, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Whilst you may not think that it is necessary to use a telephoto lens on such a large animal, by zooming right in and cropping some of the elephant out of the frame, it can sometimes make for a much more interesting photograph.

Elephants, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

African Fish-Eagle Photos

The African Fish-Eagle is an iconic bird in Kariba, it's call is unmistakable and because it often sits in the dead and leafless trees above the water, the contrast between the bird and the sky can make for excellent photographs.

African Fish Eagle, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Kariba Sunrise Photos

I usually wake up at or before sunrise whilst on the Lake and if it is going to be a good one, I can't resist taking thousands of photos as the light changes! On this particular morning, I was taking the usual wide angle sunrise photos when I noticed an Impala Ram on the horizon, he was miles away and so I quickly put added the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens to the camera and got the shot. Without the power of this zoom I would never had got this photo.

Impala African Sunrise, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Bird Photography

When photographing small, timid animals like birds, a telephoto lense is vital. Without a really good zoom, it would be impossible to get close enough to many birds to get a good photograph.

The Saddle-Billed Stork has to be one of the most impressive waterbirds in Africa, the striking red and yellow bill make this bird unmistakable.

Saddle-Billed Stork, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

The African Darter makes for an interesting subject, especially when they dry their wings after fishing.

African Darter, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Cattle Egret
The Cattle Egret is common on the shores of Kariba, I like the way this birds colours contrast nicely with the blue of the water and the green of the reeds.

Cattle Egret, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

(Western) Redfooted Falcon
On a wet and windy morning near Spurwing Island, I found a small flock of male (Western) Redfooted Falcon's that were using the wind to catch Dragon Flies. (Females do not have the dark grey colouration on their chests and faces). This little guy managed to stay still long enough for me to get a photo of him.

Cattle Egret, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk)
The Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk) is a stunning bird, this one was going around, I guess checking for nests and was being mobbed by a pair of Cape Glossy Starlings.

Cattle Egret, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe

Using My Photos

If you would like to use any of my photos please contact me. I usually let people use my full size photographs if you credit the site ( by providing a link back to me where the photo has been used, just contact me first for link instructions and the original photo. If you don't want to link back to the Safari Holiday Guide and would like the safari guide logo removed from the photo contact me regarding pricing.

Equipment Used

All the photos in this gallery were taken using the Panasonic DMC-FZ18 Digital Camera. I also often used the Olympus TCON-17 1.7x Tele Conversion lens (TCON-17). For more information check out:

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