Welcome back everyone! This time, to Binga, whose name apparently roughly translates to either ‘the enclosure surrounding a chief’s village’ or ‘a thick forest country’.
Binga is a fishing, boating and cultural centre located on the South-Eastern shores of Lake Kariba in Matabeleland North province. It was built to accommodate the BaTonga people whose homelands had been flooded in the late 1950’s when the Kariba dam wall was constructed.
Though mostly untouched by the outside world, it has remarkable tourist attractions including the Zambezi River viewing, the Chibwatatata Hot Springs, Chijalile Pass, a crocodile farm, swamps and stunning gorges. Binga is also home to the only sand beach in Zimbabwe, lying undiscovered on the shores of Lake Kariba. Don’t believe us? Go and see for yourself.
Looking to stay for a while? Perfect. There are a wide range of lakeside villas and small lodges as well as campsites including Kulizwe and Njiri Lodges, Masumu River Lodge, Chilla Cottages and Binga Rest Camp whose facilities offer a range of services from self-catering in the chalets to a five-star experience, inclusive of both African and western cuisine. You will not be disappointed.
Looking for a cultural experience for the whole family? Take an hour to go through The BaTonga Museum which will make you an expert in the rich culture of the people who have inhabited the area since about 300AD.
Binga is peaceful, ideal for your relaxation while you take in the amazing scenery. It is accessible via a tarred road which turns off the main Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road near Dete/Hwange. There also is a serviceable tarred airstrip for small chartered aircrafts available for your use.
You have no excuse now that you know, we look forward to seeing you on the shores of Binga!
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