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50 of blue shades

It’s Africa’s largest inland body of water — and the world’s largest man-made reservoir. Lake Kariba is immense, scenically outstanding and incredibly rich in wildlife, and what better way to explore it than on a houseboat, waking to a different vista each morning, feeling the shift of the elements around you, drifting off to the rock of the boat and a hyena’s distant whoop?
Magic at dusk: the sun sets on Africa’s largest inland sea

Like any sea, this lake has its moods. And its blues. And its blues and moods stay with you forever. Say “Kariba blue” to anyone who’s ever spent a day on this magnificent water-body and you will probably get a wistful smile and a nostalgic glint in the eye as they conjure up images associated with their own brand of Kariba blue, born of many a happy houseboating trip.

On a houseboat, you moor in a different scenic spot each night, ensuring that you experience the many moods and faces of Lake Kariba

Are they thinking of plain old sky blue? That pure and pretty hue, when the sky is vast and cloudless, the breeze light and refreshing as you stretch out on your top-deck sunbed. Or is it deep azure — synonymous with late winter and a high, unforgiving sun that bakes the terracotta earth, and sees you constantly seeking respite in the boat’s dip pool? Perhaps they are remembering steel blue: of so? silver-blue balmy afternoons when Kariba vibrates with serenity, and the horizon slinks off for a quiet snooze. Or the midnight blue of choppy Kariba waters, with biting white-capped waves, or rolling deep-water swells.

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