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Kariba House Boat
I would say a Kariba House Boat Holiday is about as good as it gets
Currently we recommend 4 houseboats which are all moored close to Binga on the western end of Lake Kariba. Binga is about a 3.5 hour drive from Victoria Falls and approximately 300km.
These Houseboats are ideally positioned if you are incorporating a holiday at Victoria Falls.
There is a bigger choice of boats on eastern side of the Lake (Kariba Town), but the snag is getting to that side from the Victoria Falls end.
Air Zimbabwe does operate flights to Kariba Town (although they may suspend flights during low season), and the drive along the back road is extremely long and arduous.
The Kariba Ferry is back in operation and this is a good option, albeit quite expensive.
The western side of the lake (Binga end) is well known for its excellent fishing. Game is not as abundant as it is in the eastern basin around Matusadona, but game can and will still be seen.
You can of course cruise up the lake to the Sengwa and Ume rivers where the game is plentiful. The Catalina which is a faster boat will get to the Sengwa in a couple of hours and will take about 9 hours to get to Ume in Matusadona.
The western side of the lake is certainly quieter with far less houseboats around.
The four houseboats we have detailed below should cover all your requirements from economy to luxury and all group sizes. These are the houseboats we are happy to recommend and we have personally inspected all of them.
The Abangane is in the lower price range
and therefore has less facilities, it is well maintained and in good condition
and is a good option groups not wanting the bells and whistles, but just
Click on the links below to look at these House boats in full detail and if you scroll further down you can read more about Kariba and having a houseboat holiday.
This 5000 square km lake, which when built was the largest man made lake in the world is by far one of my most favourite places to go. Over the years we have done many houseboat holidays and they are always great time for family and friends.
The lake is 281 kms long and at it's widest point is 40 kms wide. The lake is studded with islands and fringed with magnificent mountain ranges like the Matusadona mountains and the whole landscape is supremely beautiful.
Sunrises and sunset are indescribably beautiful and the absolute magic of this place can only be understood by those who have visited it and fallen in love with it.
The warm clear waters are home to over forty species of fish, the most notable of course being the tiger fish for which anglers come from around the world to catch.
The lush shoreline vegetation supports a profusion of bird and wild life which is ideal when cruising on your house boat or even on one of the smaller tender boats as you explore the shoreline or the many channels and inlets.
All in all if you are looking for a holiday of total relaxation, with the added attraction of game and bird viewing, some of the best fishing available, some of the most outstanding scenic and photographic opportunities....a Kariba House Boat holiday is ideal for you.
Best Times of year
This is a tricky one as everyone is different, so I would rather give some information and let you make your choice.
Kariba gets extremely hot during the months September through to March with temperatures often in excess of 40 degrees centigrade. October and November are particularly hot and dry before the rains arrive.
The rainy season starts at the end of November and finishes around the end of March. This can be a spectacular time, watching the huge thunder storms brewing over the vast lake, however if you are there when the inter tropical convergence zone arrives you will have a miserable time, as you can get 3 weeks continuous rain with ease.
During the cooler months of April to August the weather is beautiful. Warm days and cool nights. Beautiful blue skies, chances of rain are very slight.
The fishing is better in the hot summer months of September to March
Game viewing is pretty good all year round; but is best through the drier months August to November.
Birdwatching is also phenomenal all year round; Summer migrants arrive normally around September time.
Over Easter and Xmas and New Year houseboats are very popular and generally fully booked, so make sure you try to book at least six months in advance.
October is Tiger Fishing competition time at Kariba
Two nights is absolute minimum but a week would be my recommendation. Gives you time to unwind completely and really get into the ambience of this idyllic place.
These houseboats are all fully staffed with a Captain, chef and crew. Once on board the most you will have to do is lift your arm to drink your gin and tonic. You will completely unwind and relax.
The houseboats all have tender boats with them included in the price. So once you are moored at your night spot, you can then take the smaller boats out for fishing or game viewing excursions. Its great!!
Kariba House boat 's are all fully equipped with fridges, freezers, stoves, cutlery, crockery and linen, you just have to bring your clothes and personal effects. Of course if you decide to self cater, you will need to bring you own food and drinks.
Please look at each individual boat to see what else is included.
Don't forget Kariba is a Malaria area so please take the necessary precautions.
If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask, I am more than happy to answer any question you may have. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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