Kariba Houseboats | OB Joyful Houseboat
OB Joyful Houseboat
Moored at Chilila harbour in Binga, semi-luxurious Kariba Houseboat at a good price
The OB Joyful a traditional pontoon Houseboat with wide-open decks and plenty of space.
IntroductionThe OB Joyful can probably be classed as semi-luxurious houseboat, the sleeping cabins and enclosed living areas are nicely finished off in wood panelling and they are all air-conditioned but it doesn't have the luxuriously furnished saloons of the Catalina or Lady Jaqueline.
The OB Joyful is a traditional "pontoon" Kariba houseboat which makes travelling a bit slower, but the advantage is the wide-open decks and plenty of space to relax and enjoy bird and game viewing, as well as the scenery. The OB Joyful is able to sleep 8 people in air-conditioned cabins which is it's advantage over The Abangane - that is, if you want to sleep in cabins.
It's a really nice houseboat at an affordable price and is mostly hired out on a self-catering basis, but a fully catered service can be arrange through an outsourced company.
Moored at Chilila harbour in Binga approximately 350km by road, east of Victoria Falls and on the western end of magnificent Lake Kariba (takes about 4hrs by road VF to Binga). Binga houseboats are the obvious choice for a Kariba houseboat holiday if you are incorporating a trip to Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park or Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
From Binga, the OBJ is in easy reach of Lake Kariba’s prime fishing spots at the Sengwe River, the “Ruzi” and Chete Safari Area.
The OB Joyful Houseboat is fully serviced with a crew of four to take care of your every need. The crew consists of a captain who has an excellent reputation on Kariba, a chef, a deck hand and a cabin attendant. The OB Joyful undergoes ongoing extensive maintenance and upgrading to pontoons, generators, main motors, propellers, rudders and gearboxes. New air-conditioners have been installed. New linen has been supplied. Current seaworthy certificate.
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Remember that the air conditioners only run when the generators are on.
• Licensed to carry 23 persons inclusive
of 4 crew members. However, no more than 14 passengers (excluding crew) are
recommended for comfort.
The Lower Deck
Galley, crew’s quarters,
2 double air-conditioned cabins with showers en-suite,
1 separate bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin.
The wood panelled kitchen, saloon and breakfast nook is fully air-conditioned.
The Upper Deck
The forward deck has a nice Jacuzzi (heated if necessary) and several sun loungers for those just wanting to chill out, relax and catch a suntan while cruising along the lake.
Wheelhouse plus 2 double air-conditioned cabins with hand basins. Separate toilet and separate shower. A large under cover aft deck with 2 tables and chairs, Bar, Large fridge/Bottle cooler. This Deck accommodates 14 mattresses for those wishing to sleep out and not in their cabins. Mosquito nets are provided.
• 2 x 40hp tender boats
The Upper Deck has tables and chairs, bar, large fridge/bottle cooler, plus plenty of mattresses and
Boarding times - Embark 12 noon and disembark 10am
The 2 tender boats that accompany the Abangane Houseboat
OB Joyful Houseboat Charter Prices 2016
Self catering cost of charter is US$ 420 per night (US$ 495 per night from 1 December 2016 to 10 January 2017)
Excluding: Diesel, petrol, drinks and food which are for client’s account. Catering is outsourced and catering information is available on request and is quoted according to client requirements
• A deposit of 50% is required before booking can be confirmed and is required within 21 days of provisional booking. The remaining 50% is due 7 days before clients board OBJ
Included in the Boat Hire:
Zimbabwe National Parks Fees 2016
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