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Zambezi Cruise Safaris

Ideal opportunity for singles, couples and small groups to experience the beautiful Lake Kariba easily and cost effectively!

The Umbozha and private dinner The Karabezi on Lake Kariba The Shikra at Sunset The three vessels on the lake

OUR OVERVIEW

Kariba is one of Zimbabwe's totally undersold destinations, anyone who has been there would vouch for its beauty and tranquillity. These cruises now offer the ideal opportunity for singles, couples and small groups to experience this fabulous destination easily and cost effectively. In addition if you are trying to get from Kariba to Binga or visa versa then what better way to do it. We found the boats themselves to be of a high standard and after experiencing the quality of this trip, we are very excited to be able to promote and offer the product to our clients. What a stunning add-on to Victoria Falls or a safari in Hwange!


PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per trip

From  US$ 595 (Fully Inclusive)



Introduction

Lake Kariba although not as easy to access as Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park, is one of Zimbabwe's prime destinations and well worth the effort in getting there. The world's largest man-made lake, at one time, is home to phenomenal wildlife and the scenery on and around the lake is breath-taking. Its wildlife and safari opportunities cannot be overstated and now you can embark on a luxury cruise safari on one of Zambezi Cruise Safari's vessels. Either traverse the lake completely from Kariba to Binga or enjoy two and three night circular cruises (see itineraries below).

The fundamental difference between these cruises and other Kariba houseboat safaris are the set departure dates that individuals, couples or small groups can join without having to hire the entire houseboat, much like an ocean going cruise liner. Although private hire for larger groups can also be arranged.

The Zambezi Cruise Safaris' three floating hotels are of different sizes to cater for varying groups and cruises (see below). They are fully air-conditioned with mostly en-suite bathrooms, covered lounge, dining area, bar and fully equipped kitchen. The facilities and rooms are beautifully designed to make you feel at home and although they're not "Luxury Cruise Ships" in a first world sense (possible 3-4 star) they are without doubt the best Lake Kariba has to offer.

Lake Kariba is all about relaxing in the sun whilst cruising the lake and taking in the remarkable scenery, sundecks and jacuzzi pools make these boats ideal. Morning and afternoon activities included in the Zambezi Cruise Safaris are fishing, game viewing and bird watching on the accompanying tender boats. For those wanting a walking safari, this can also be arranged on demand.

Zambezi Cruise Safaris Vessels


The Umbozha

The flagship of the Zambezi Cruise Safaris fleet, The Umbozha Houseboat is one of larger vessels on Lake Kariba, with cabin-space for 28 people in five family cabins, two twin bedded cabins and two master suites with queen-size beds – all air conditioned, en-suite and have views of the lake. To accommodate additional guests, the main lounge has two full sized Indian day beds, a full sized Indian daybed on the pool deck, two double outdoor day beds on the back deck. For those wanting to sleep in the lounge area there is a separate bathroom and shower. For those sleeping outside on the deck, there is a separate toilet and shower on the first deck. All in all, the total sleeping capacity outside of the cabins is eight guests.


Bush dinner Relaxing atmosphere Beautiful views Cozy interiors

Boat Specifications

• Cabins can take up to 28 guests on the Umbozha Houseboat
• 102ft (31.09m) Multi Decked Pontoon houseboat
• 2 x Pontoon tender boats

The Lower Deck

• 9 Air-conditioned cabin rooms with vanity basins, shower and toilet en-suite
• Covered jacuzzi on open deck

The Middle Deck

• Open sun deck, covered lounge, dining area and bar
• Toilet

The Upper Deck

• Open deck area
• Captain's wheelhouse

Facilities

• Crew: 4 - comprising Captain, chef and two deckhands. A host can be provided for an additional fee.
• 9 air conditioned en-suite cabins.
• 240V generator powers the lighting and wall sockets, as does a 12v battery system when the generators are not running. All plug points are UK Square pin (please bring suitable adaptors). Generally the main generators are switched off between 10 & 11pm as per lake regulations whereby the 12v battery system takes over until morning.
• Fully equipped and air conditioned bar, lounge area and dining area
• Shaded pool on the upper deck
• Television (for DVD's only) and modern sound system - music and DVD's not provided
• Basic fishing equipment is provided, but it is essential that any serious fishermen/women bring their own rods and tackle and make special arrangements for bait etc.
• Fully fitted and equipped kitchen
• Two pontoon tender boats


Zambezi Cruise Safaris Itineraries

On a typical day enjoy an early morning game viewing cruise or you can try some famous Kariba fishing for Bream, Cornish Jack or the renowned Tiger Fish on one of the tender boats. Walking safaris or a game drive deep into the Matusadona National Park are optional extras which are conducted with the sister lodged on the mainland. After the morning activity, breakfast or brunch is served before you kick back and relax with a cool drink, a dip in the pool (or jacuzzi, depending on the boat you're on), or simply take a nap as the boat cruises on to the next overnight mooring. Spend the late afternoon exploring the nearby creeks and inlets with their resident hippo, crocodile & wildlife populations and enjoy the outstanding birdlife and fishing opportunities this lake presents. In true African safari style, a sundowner drink and snacks are in order as you are inspired by one of the best sunsets you will ever witness.

Zambezi Cruise Safaris' set itineraries are detailed below and can also be combined with one of the mainland lodges for longer stays. Tailor made itineraries are also possible please contact us for details.

3 Nights - Matusadona Wildlife/Fishing - Departs & returns to Kariba Town /Harbour, Boarding times between 12:00 & 13:00. Disembarking Day – Cruise arrives in harbour between 11:00 & 12:00
Cruise across the Lake to the Matusadona National Park to the first night mooring in a secluded bay or river inlet. Scrumptious local fresh cuisine often utilizing fish caught during the trip. Daily activities are of YOUR choice from the tender boats, the options being fishing, game viewing, birding or simply taking in the magnificent views as we explore the rivers and bays of this part of the lake. There are optional extras of walking and game drives deep into the national park from one of the partner lodges.

2 Nights - Kariba to Binga/Mlibizi – Boarding times between 11:00 & 12:30. Disembarking Day – Cruise arrives in harbour between 09:00 & 10:00
Many of the Cruise dates up and down the lake work in conjunction with Kariba Ferries schedules should you wish to send your vehicle ahead of you whilst you relax and enjoy the magnificence of this water wonderland. Depart from Kariba mid-morning followed by a scrumptious buffet lunch while cruising the lake to the far end of the Eastern Basin near the famous Bumi Safari Lodge, mooring on one of the islands or the shoreline for an afternoon of wildlife activities and sundowners from the tender boats then after dinner cruise through the night to the Sengwe River Basin. Morning & afternoon adventures take you into the beautiful & remote Sengwe River system with its great birding and possible wildlife sightings followed by sundowners and an evening beach braai. Early morning departure from the Sengwe to Binga/Milibizi where you will meet the transfers to Victoria Falls / Hwange National park or collect vehicles for your onward adventure.

2 Nights - Binga/Milibizi to Kariba – Boarding times between 12:30 & 13:30. Disembarking Day – Cruise arrives in harbour between 11:00 & 12:00
Early morning departure for an interesting road transfer from Victoria Falls or Hwange to Binga/Milibizi. Board the Zambezi Cruise Safaris vessel and depart mid-day, cruising to the Sengwe River for an afternoon sunset / wildlife cruise of the Sengwe River followed by a beach Braai. Leave the river that evening after dinner to cruise the lake to the Bumi Basin where the next day is spent on wildlife activities of choice with the option to book a walk or game drive from a partner product. Late afternoon sunset cruise with sundowners followed by dinner on board whilst the boat cruises overnight to Kariba town for your onward adventure.

2 Nights - Vic Falls to Sengwe River – Boarding times between 12:30 & 13:30. Disembarking Day – Cruise arrives in harbour between 09:00 & 10:00
Early morning departure from Victoria Falls or Hwange National Park to Binga arriving for a mid-day departure cruising to the Sengwe River. Evening activities & sunset wildlife cruise down the Sengwe River followed by drinks and dinner on board. Early morning activities of fishing, guided walks or game viewing followed by brunch whilst cruising to Elephant Bay where the Zambezi Cruise Safaris boat will moor on one of the Island’s with a sandy beach. Relax around a camp fire and watch the sunset over the lake followed by a beach braai. Morning activities and cruise back to Binga/Milibizi and your return trip to Victoria Falls or onto Hwange National Park.

Children

• Children 7 years and older are welcome
• Children 12 years and older are charged the full adult rate

Zambezi Cruise Safaris Prices 2017

Fully Inclusive Lake Kariba boat cruises to various destinations per person sharing per trip. (Single supplement add 50% on sharing rate)

Cruise Destination Price (US$)
  Low Season - 1st Jan to 30th April High Season - 1st May to 31st Dec
Sengwe River (2 nights) 595 645
Kariba to Binga full lake cruise (2 nights) 645 695
Kariba to Binga full lake cruise (3 nights) 945 995
Matusadona Wildlife & Fishing (3 nights) 895 975
Child 7 to 12 years sharing cabin - per night 120 150
Private hire and groups rates on request on request

Included in the Boat Hire:
• Taxes and Tourism Levies
• All Meals, Beverage - All Local beers, spirits, soft drinks, still purified water, tea and coffee and selected SA wines
• All boat based activities – From Tender boats which include Fishing, Game Viewing, Birding and Sunset Cruises
• All fishing equipment and bait. Please note we reserve the right to charge for damaged or lost tackle
• All water based National Park Entry Fees

Excluded:
• Land based activities and canoeing
• Land based National Parks and entry permits (where applicable)
• All road and Air Transfers
• Visa Costs
• Travel Insurance
• Gratuities

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Zimbabwe National Parks Fees 2017

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

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OUR OVERVIEW

Kariba is one of Zimbabwe's totally undersold destinations, anyone who has been there would vouch for its beauty and tranquillity. These cruises now offer the ideal opportunity for singles, couples and small groups to experience this fabulous destination easily and cost effectively. In addition if you are trying to get from Kariba to Binga or visa versa then what better way to do it. We found the boats themselves to be of a high standard and after experiencing the quality of this trip, we are very excited to be able to promote and offer the product to our clients. What a stunning add on to Victoria Falls or a safari in Hwange!


PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per per sharing per trip

From  US$ 595 (Fully Inclusive)


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Client Testimonials

Perfect
by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha (22.5.13)
Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.
Regards
Sunitha

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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