The town's name is considered a corrupt version of the local term, ‘kariva’ meaning “little trap”. As a result of its complex pronunciation the town became known as "Kariba".
The town is about a 4-5 hours’ drive from Harare
, driving through either Chirundu or Siavonga, where border formalities can be expected. Travelling by road as opposed to airplane is set to be an adventure of its own, providing travellers with the chance to cross the Zambezi River over the Chirundu Bridge.
There are many points of interest, of which most revolve around the famous Lake Kariba. These include look-out points such as the 600-meter high hill, The Heights and The Chapel of Santa Barbara - built in memory of the construction workers who died while building the dam, among others. Kariba wildlife experiences are one of a kind in that game viewing by foot, vehicle, canoe and boat can be arranged. Game fish, birds, crocodiles, elephants and hippos are commonly seen among a variety of others.