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Sinazongwe is a town in the Southern Province of Zambia, lying on the north shore of Lake Kariba. It was constructed in the 1950s as a local administrative centre, while its main industry now is kapenta fishing. It is also home to a lighthouse and an airstrip, while ferries sail to Chete Island. Sinazongwe also boasts The Houseboat Company. Sinazongwe is a fast developing area in Zambia. Commercial plots have just been sold to potential investors who are all looking at bringing more tourism into the area, with a proposed campsite, lodge and many more future tourist attractions to come, such as Zamarula Fishing Camp.
Sinazongwe is accessible nearly all year round. Access is by tar road from Batoka (which is between Monze and Choma) and by 17 kilometres (11 mi) of gravel road just outside Sinazeze Town. The nearest airstrip (SEYMORE) is approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Sinazongwe on the Zambeef Cropping section. It is advisable to contact Zambeef and alert them of your arrival in advance in order for safety procedures. The nearest large hospital is at Maamba which is about a 40-minute drive from Sinazongwe; however, there is a small hospital in Sinazongwe as well as a local clinic. The nearest town with a reasonable selection of grocery shops etc. is Choma, which is 95 kilometres (59 mi) from Sinazongwe (one and a half hour’s drive); however Zambeef has recently introduced two butchery outlets, one in Sinazeze and one in Sinazongwe, where you can buy fresh local produce. Fuel should be purchased in Choma or Monze (depending which direction you are coming from), as there are no fuel stations in Sinazeze or Sinazongwe.
Sinazongwe is only a three and a half hour drive from Livingstone and three and a half hour drive from Zambia's capital, Lusaka, therefore giving it good access to an international airport from either direction as well as to one of the seven-wonders of the world: Victoria Falls, Livingstone.
Sinazongwe is also the first place that travellers from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana can get to see or visit Lake Kariba, the next being Siavonga which is on the other end of the Lake around 750 kilometres (470 mi) away. When it comes to tourism, Sinazongwe is relatively untouched, unspoiled and uncommercialised. The people of Sinazongwe are friendly and welcoming. Depending on the time of year there are various local ceremonies (Liiwindi Ceremony in July/August) which tourists are welcome to attend and observe.