Spurwing Island is ideally situated in the middle of Lake Kariba. We offer a variety of accommodation packages, meals, and a variety of activities. We boast incredible views, amazing fishing experiences, and some of the best game viewing the continent has to offer. Spurwing Island aims to be your home-away-from-home and strives to make you feel welcome and comfortable in our homely-style accommodation and facilities.
“It’s a relaxed family spot with no airs or graces. The whole feel of Spurwing Island Lodge is down to earth and relaxed. The dining room is open to the breeze, the pool is nice and big for the children, the bar area is generous and the location is well shaded. Spurwing Island Lodge is also very popular as a fishing base, because it’s close to the bream rich coves of the former Sanyati forest. We all love Kariba, who wouldn’t? It’s 280 kilometres (kilometers) of bream, tiger, drowned forests, crocs and hippos. It’s harder, wilder, bigger, and more visceral than almost any other man-made lake anywhere. It’s fun, it’s laid back, it’s family. Indeed there is still nothing like it on our doorstep.”
– Excerpt from Getaway Magazine
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Situated in the Matusadona National Park, Spurwing Island offers a range of different activities including scenic boat trips and game viewing on foot, by boat or Landrover.
The park boasts a large population of wildlife and bird life, making it a photographer’s paradise! Bream and tiger fishing are very rewarding, trips can be arranged or you can bring your own boat.
The Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba and was proclaimed a non-hunting area on 7 November 1958 before the dam was built.
It became a Game Reserve in 1963, and in 1975, in terms of the Parks & Wildlife Act, it became a National Park. The Park comprises some 1 400 square kilometers of diverse flora and fauna. Before the lake was built, Matusadonha was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access.
With the lake came ecological changes. One in particular, the lakeshore contributed greatly to the increase of large mammal populations in the area, especially elephant and buffalo. The grass found on the shoreline is Panicum repens and is a rejuvenative grass – needing only fluctuating lake levels to replenish its nutrients. With this ready food source, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, and even impala have thrived and with them the predators. Matusadonha is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and home to several relocated rhinoceros.
The Hosts a good population of all large predators such as lions, cheetah and leopard, making the sighting of these large predators a regular and exciting experience. Is an intensive protection zone for the endangered black rhino and fortunate sightings are made of these rare animals on foot and by vehicle.
Resident in the park are good elephant populations always present on the lake shore. Also numbers of other large animals such as hippo, buffalo, crocodile, impala, kudu, waterbuck, zebra and baboon occur. Linked with these are a host of smaller animal and over 400 bird species.