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OB Joyful Houseboat

Moored at Chilila harbour in Binga, semi-luxurious Kariba Houseboat at a good price

OB Joyful Houseboat

The OB Joyful a traditional pontoon Houseboat with wide-open decks and plenty of space.

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OUR OVERVIEW

This is a semi-luxury houseboat, great as a self-catering option, even though you can outsource a catering firm


PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per charter per night

From  US$ 420 (Self Catering)


Introduction

The 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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Accommodation

• 2 air-conditioned double cabins with showers en-suite (lower deck)
• 2 air-conditioned double cabins with hand basins (upper deck)
• 1 separate bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin (lower deck)
• Separate toilet and separate shower (upper deck)

Remember that the air conditioners only run when the generators are on.

Boat Specifications

• Licensed to carry 23 persons inclusive of 4 crew members. However, no more than 14 passengers (excluding crew) are recommended for comfort. 
• 23 metres x 8 metres - upper and lower decks

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.
Aft deck with table and chairs, deep freeze, bottle cooler and Bermuda deck with shower

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.

Tender Boats:

• 2 x 40hp tender boats
• 1 x fishing pontoon
• Fishing gear is not supplied, please bring your own.

Upper deck of the OB Joyful  - plenty of space

The Upper Deck has tables and chairs, bar, large fridge/bottle cooler, plus plenty of mattresses and
mosquito nets for those wanting to sleep in the open.

Facilities

Generators

Boarding times - Embark 12 noon and disembark 10am

 

Tender boats for the OB Joyful

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

• Refund Policy: - 25% non-refundable in cash. However, this will be held for a further booking from the same client within a 12 month period. - 50% non-refundable if booking cancelled 7 days or less prior to boarding - 75% non-refundable if booking cancelled 48 hours or less prior to boarding.

Included in the Boat Hire:
Use of Houseboat and tender boats, the 4 crew members, bedding, linen, mosquito nets, towels, cutlery, crockery, cleaning materials, soap, toilet paper and rations for the crew. 15% Sales tax and 2% tourism levy
 

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Zimbabwe National Parks Fees 2016

These are not included in the Charter fee and are payable to the Parks representatives at the boat prior to embarkation. Parks officials may board the boat at any stage to check that payments are accurate and have been properly receipted. You may wish to let us know in advance exactly who is coming, relevant ages, residential status and how many people will be fishing, which we will pass on via the boat captain to save time before you embark.

  Residents International Visitors Regional (SADC) Visitors
Houseboat including tenders per person/day (covers 5 days) US $5 US $10  US $10
Visiting speedboats per person/day US $5 US $10 US $10
Children under 6 years Free Free Free
Children 6 to 12 years US$2 50% Adult rate 50% Adult rate
Resident pensioners over 60 years 50% Adult rate N/A N/A
Fishing fees per person/day US $5 US $10 US $10


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OUR OVERVIEW

This is a semi-luxury houseboat, great as a self-catering option, even though you can outsource a catering firm.


PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per charter per night

From  US$ 420 (Self Catering)


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