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Kariba Airport

The information from the annual reports of the Director of the then Department of Civil Aviation shows that Kariba Airport was privately owned and administered without Government control by the Federal Hydro-Electric board, which was established in June 1894 and was reconstituted as the Federal Power Board in May 1956.

A temporary airstrip was constructed close to the Kariba Dam wall site and was replaced later by an airfield 10 miles from the Dam wall. A start was made during the year starting 0I July 1955 – 30 June 1956 at the new site by the contractors to the Federal Power Board to improve the aerodrome to accommodate aircraft DC3. This project was scheduled to be completed in 1958. The new airport was opened in November 1958 after the then Department of Civil Aviation had provided telecommunications, fire and rescue equipment and other essentials.

Important extension involving the taxiway, apron, runway and clearways were carried out to enable the Queen Mother’s Canadian C4 aircraft to use Kariba airport during the year July 1959 – June 1960.

The length of the runway is 1 650 meters long and 30 meters wide and can accommodate aircraft of up-to 41000kg. Jet A1 and AVGAS are available at the airport.

Kariba is one of the hottest towns in Zimbabwe with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. There are a lot of activities that you can take part in when you get there. These include canoeing, game drives, fishing trips, sailing, village tours, hunting, bird watching, cruises and charters, speed boating and even more.

Kariba Airport is located in northern Zimbabwe close to the Kariba Dam, the largest man-made lake in the world, which provides a significant proportion of the country’s electricity requirements. It is also a wildlife haven popular with nature loving tourists and venue for international tiger fishing contests. The Lake Kariba and Zambezi River area are home to a large variety of bird and animal life. Kariba’s main attractions are game viewing, canoeing and fishing. The annual Kariba Invitational Tiger Fish Tournament (KitFit) which is one of the largest fresh water angling in Africa attracts over 800 international and local anglers. Kariba Airport runway is 1650 meters long and.



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