Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique

Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique

The vast lake waters of Cahora Bassa extend all the way from the Zambia border to the very heart of Tete Province in western Mozambique.

Covering a whopping 2,700 square kilometers in total, they represent one of the largest freshwater lake systems in all of Africa, The Cahora Bassa lake in the Portuguese colonial era (until 1974) known as Cabora Bassa, from Nyungwe Kahoura-Bassa, meaning “finish the job” is Africa’s fourth-largest artificial lake, situated in the Tete Province in Mozambique

At one end stands the colossal Cahora Bassa Dam – a massive wall of concrete and steel those clocks up 171 meters in height and 303 meters in width: definitely worth the journey if you like your breath-taking engineering projects! And all around the banks of the reservoir, there are now interesting fishing lodges and a smattering of houseboats, not to mention the occasional baroque church in testimony to the erstwhile Portuguese presence.

Things to do at Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique

  • Kayaking

Keen kayak clients can enjoy kayaking activities on Africa’s fourth-largest freshwater as you view birds and enjoy the quiet serene of the area

  • Exploring the dam by boat

A boat tour can be arranged to see one of the largest dams in Africa with extraordinary engineering works and on the boat tour you will see birds and the beautiful landscapes

  • Fly fishing

Tiger fishing can be an exceptional activity for anglers visiting Lake Cahora Bassa and fly fishing is the best method however clients can carry their own equipment and hire about upon arrival at the Lake, some other fish species to look out for include sharp tooth catfish, Bream, and Vundu catfish.

  • Bird watching

Boat trips to see water birds like fish eagles, Pelicans and kingfishers can be arranged on the Lake ensure you take your camera and binoculars along.

How to get to Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique

The easiest way to travel to Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique is to fly from South Africa using Airlink flighttoCapital of Mozambique’s Tete Province, the city of Tete is situated on the mighty Zambezi River and offers travelers a complete change of pace from the traditional Mozambique beach holiday and drive using a 4×4 safari vehicle the 120 km from Tete to the Lake.

Where to stay at Lake Cahora Bassa Mozambique

Moringa Bay Lodge

Located on the tranquil Lake Cahora Bassa, North-West Mozambique is a family-run enterprise, boasting 6 Self Catering and 6 Non-Self-catering air-conditioned units, all situated within beautifully manicured lawns and surroundings. Over-looking the Lake is the Bar/Restaurant and horizon Swimming Pool.

The Lodge offers open and easy access to fishing spots as we are located on a Peninsula at the end of the Gorge looking out on to the vast open waters of the Lake as well as a number of exciting activities for both adults and children;

Bird Watching, walking trails, and a boat trip to the Gorge of Lake Cahora Bassa where the Dam Wall can be seen, all add to the experience we offer. Hippos, Crocodiles, Otters, Kudu and Impala can sometimes be spotted from the bank or off boats. Bring along your bikes or running shoes to enhance your site seeing experience in the local area.

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