Spurwing Island Lodge

Situated on Lake Kariba in the middle of one of Africa’s most spectacular lakes, overlooked by the majestic Matusadona Mountains, Spurwing Island Lodge is the perfect place for a tranquil getaway for the wildlife enthusiast, serious fisherman and holiday maker alike.

About Spurwing Island Lodge

Situated in the Matusadona National Park, besides the perfect Lake Kariba Accommodation 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 haunting cry of the fisheagle is heard throughout the day at Spurwing.

Accommodation

CabinsSpurwing Island is able to cater for a maximum of forty adult guests in three different styles of accommodation. However for special events more guests can be accommodated with prior arrangement. All rooms have scenic views over Lake Kariba and the Matusadona mountains, with a 'sit for hours' verandah with outside chairs. Insect spray, mosquito nets and repellents are provided in the rooms.

Tents
Enclosed with two zip entrances - one onto a small verandah and the other into an en-suite bathroom which has a shower, toilet and washbasin. Under thatch with stone floors.
Twin bedded with a dressing table, plug sockets (220V AC), pedestal fan and mosquito nets. Two of the tents form a "double tent" which can be used as a family tent - each side of the tent has its own en-suite facilities. All tents have twin beds and accommodate 2 people comfortably but if necessary a third bed can be added for a child.

Cabins
Stone under thatch with an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin. Twin bedded with built in cupboards and dressing table, a plug socket (220V AC), ceiling fan and mosquito nets. Optional double bed and/or extra beds for children. Chairs are placed outside on the verandah once again offering stunning views over Lake Kariba and Matusadona Mountains. There are 2 double bedded cabins and 4 twin bedded rooms.  These rooms accommodate 2 people comfortably but 2 extra single beds could be added for children if necessary.

Chalets
Chalets are stone under thatch with an en-suite bath, separate shower, toilet and washbasin. Twin bedded with built in cupboards, a dressing table, comfy chairs, ceiling fan, plug socket (220V AC), and mosquito nets. Optional double bed or extra beds for children. Rooms have french doors which open out onto a verandah. Two chalets are double bedded and the third is twin beds.  All have space for two extra single beds if required and are ideal for younger families.

Activities

Game Activities
Situated in the Matusadona National Park, Spurwing Island is ideally situated to offer a wide range of game viewing activities. Game viewing options incorporate both the water (by boat) and land (by foot and by vehicle) to ensure that our guests have access to some of the finest game and bird viewing in the country.

The Matusadona National Park
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.

Game Drives
Conducted in purpose built comfortable Land Rovers. Each vehicle can take 7 guests. The game drives leave from Spurwing Island by boat which transfer the guests to the Matusadona National Park mainland where they then board the vehicles for the game drive.

Walking Safaris
These are led by a Professional Guide within the Matusadona National Park. The walk can take a maximum of six guests. No children under 16 are allowed on the walks.

The walks leave from Spurwing Island by boat which transfer the guests to the Matusadona National Park mainland where they then either board the vehicle and drive to where they will start the walk or boat to a starting point for the walk. The walking safari provides an opportunity to study nature at "grassroots level" whether it is an interesting insect, plant, tree, bird, spoor, or a close encounter with wildlife.

Game Cruises
This is game viewing along the shoreline by speed boat or covered pontoon. Game viewing from the water adds a whole new experience to the guest's safari. Unique to Kariba is its forest of 'dead' trees which is home to a wide variety of nesting and roosting birds. Mid-morning cruises allow the guests to encounter elephants bathing at the waters edge, watch game coming down for a drink, and see crocodiles basking in the sun.

Afternoon cruises will meet game coming down to the shoreline for a refreshing drink after the mid-day heat. Guests relax with a sun downer whilst watching the spectacular Kariba sunset casting eerie shadows in orange and purple hues across the lake.

Sanyati Gorge Scenic Safari
This is a scenic trip up the Sanyati River Gorge by speed boat. The river is navigable for about 10 km. The Sanyati Gorge, which is directly opposite Spurwing Island, cuts into the Matusadona mountains providing its own dramatic landscape. During the rainy season waterfalls flow in abundance along the course of the gorge · bird life is prolific and some rarities may be seen including the Black Eagle and African Finfoot

Fishing Trips
Fishing is a popular sport at Kariba and Spurwing Island offers tackle and an experienced coxswain for those who want to try their hand. Fishing trips are offered on a half day basis - departing early morning arriving back in time for lunch, or alternatively departing after lunch arriving back just after sunset.

The Tiger Fish, a fierce fighting fresh-water game fish, offers a thrill to those who manage to land them. The Kariba Bream, which is an excellent eating fish, is a challenge to the keen fisherman.

The Spurwing Chefs are renowned for thier preparation of your catch if requested. We also offer a facility for the fish to be frozen to take home. Own boaters can bring their boat to Spurwing Harbour where there boats will be cleaned and looked after by our Spurwing staff. Packed lunches/drinks can be organised for the day.