Kariba Experience

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It Takes All Types!
January 8, 2016
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Game Ranch Management
January 8, 2016

Kariba Experience

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We have recently embarked on one of the most enjoyable and eventful ventures of our Quest experience yet – Kariba…In the early hours of the morning, most of us woke with throbbing heads and weak stomachs from the previous night’s endeavours in Chegutu.We gingerly boarded the overlander and left for Lake Kariba. Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly faces of Mr. and Mrs. Swart, who led us to our home for the next few days; an excellent 2 story house boat with a swimming pool and a bar!The delicate mood improved immediately and we entusiastically began our Kariba adventure. In the late evening we pulled into elephant point, which was rightly littered with elephants everywhere, as well as a few hippo. Our beds were made on the top deck and we settledin forthe first of serveral fantastic sunsets. After the long day travelling we had an quicksupper and went to bed in preparation for an early morning’s fishing. By sunrise the next day we were on the boats fishing hard, most of us were lucky enough to catch some of kariba’s notorious bream, though catches varied I was suprised to seethat someone had even caught a terrapin. After a couple of hours we headed back to the house boat and had a great breakfastbefore the keen fishermen made their way back to the open waters of Kariba, for what turned out to be a very successful bream fishing trip. Others spent their time sunbathing and chilling on the top deck. We all regrouped for lunch and an afternoon rest.That afernoon the whole group was dispearsed on another fishing excursion. By the end of the day whilst we sipped on our beers,watching the most amazing sunset we were sure we were the best fishermen ever.That night we were treated to another delicious supper of half a chicken each! Accompanied by some sadza and veggies. Sleep came easily after such a great meal.Early the next morning we headed off for our last fishing trip from elephant point, it turned out a success, hugo managed to catch the infamous Tiger fish of Kariba (a baby one) with a bream bait, while everyone else exhaustedKariba’s supply of bream. As we got back to the house boat I managed to land one of the larger Tigerfish of the trip which was reallyexciting and immediately everyone was casting into exactly the same spot.Later that day we left elephant point for antelope island and on the waythere the boat stopped and allowed us the opportunity to cool off.As we pulled into antelope island we saw the bream farms in the middle of the lake andwere lucky enough to see a heard of buffalo in the distance. The Swarts, owners of the boat then joined us and were a pleasure to have on board.For our last night we were treated to some bream fillets and steak.Before we knew it our last day on Kariba had begun.Fishing was not so eventful, we only pulled in a few bream and absolutely no Tiger to show for all our lost lures and what have you.we boarded the house boat and started our last trip back to the harbour, by now we were all as brown as the dirt we walkedon. We did some PT (Physical Torture)on board, and arrived at the harbour. With heavy heart and heavy packs we said our farewells and reluctantly boarded the overlander for our journey back. This was a 2 day journey in which we consumed a lot of finger nail ridden chicken innand other fast food. Never the less this has definitely been one of the greatest experiences at Quest so far, and we thank theSwarts for their generousity, and Quest for organising this fantastic trip.