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Moored at Kulizwe harbour in Binga, this 18 metre twin hulled boat is our top recommended houseboat in the non-luxury range
The Abangane is the most reasonably priced houseboat (that is worth going on) you will find in Binga, on the western end of lake Kariba. There are no frills and spills that one gets with the luxury houseboats (like aircon and luxury cabins), but this boat is clean and practical and has all the amenities that one needs for a few days on the Lake. It gets you out there at the right price and you won't be uncomfortable.
What I particularly like about this houseboat is that they have done away with the traditional tiny and incredibly hot cabins normally found on houseboats in this price bracket. These small cabins are so cramped, hot and stuffy that people would rarely sleep in them preferring to sleep on the much cooler upper decks, just using the cabins as change rooms.
The Abangane houseboat has kept two decent sized cabins each with a couple of bunk beds (in case someone does want some privacy) and plenty of storage place for your clothes. With the extra space created they have made larger shower rooms and toilets. Clean bathrooms are important to me which is why I like this boat so much!
So most people sleep on stretchers on the open upper deck - good thick mattresses, linen and mosquito nets are provided. There are drop down blinds all round (upper and lower deck) to shelter you in the event of heavy winds or rain.
The Abangane is one of the most affordable houseboats, clean and spacious for a satisfying holiday on Lake Kariba.
Accommodation on Abangane Houseboat
• 2 cabins / changing rooms with 4 bunk beds in total (lower deck)
• 18 metres twin hull
The Lower Deck
Consist of crews quarters, storerooms, 2 cabins/changing rooms with 4 bunks, 2 shower rooms, 2 separate toilets and a fully equipped kitchen, which include electrical appliances, a gas stove,2 fridges and 3 deep freezers. A shower is situated on the Bermuda deck.
The Upper Deck
Approximately 75% of the spacious upper deck of the Abangane houseboat is under cover and contains a bar with bottle cooler and ice making machine and the counter doubles as a cosy meal table. Most passengers sleep under mosquito nets (provided) on the upper deck. Two freezers are situated on the deck and a large gas braai (barbeque) unit complements the cooking facilities and provides sociable meal preparation.
The Upper Deck of the Abangane houseboat
Facilities and Services
Generators provide 220 Volt electrical power to operate fridges, freezers, a hot water geyser, a washing machine, fans and plug points and charges the batteries to service the 12 Volt lighting system. An inverter ensures that the iPod dock (supplied) and fans work when the generators are switched off.
Two twin hulled tender boats powered by 25HP Mariner outboard motors are towed by the boat to allow access to shallow waters for fishing, and game and bird viewing. Please treat them with care. Passengers may bring their own tender boats, but only 3 boats may be towed by the Abangane houseboat.
The Crew A captain, cook and one or two crew members will attend to all your needs. Please advise them of your daily routine, ensure that they get a rest period during the day and are not kept up too late at night.
Laundry There is no laundry service on the boat, but the crew will assist should it become necessary.
Drinking water is filtered, but not chlorinated. You may wish to boil the water, bring chlorine tablets, or buy bottled water. Drinking ice (chlorinated filters) is made at the bar, once the boat has exited the harbor and water can be drawn from the open lake.
Ice blocks for keeping drinks cold in insulated boxes on the rafts can be purchased through Taylors Kwikspar, or Gecko Charter Supplies and Services. (see catering below)
Gratuities are entirely at your discretion and should be related to good service which we are confident you will get on the Abangane houseboat.
The 2 tender boats that accompany the Abangane Houseboat
What to Bring
Security and valuables
Gecko Charter Supplies and Services Allan and Elena Hein Mobile +263 (0) 774 351 417 +263 (0) 775 233 917 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Taylors Kwickspar (Godfrey) Phone +263 (0) 15 316 Mobile +263 (0) 773 507364 Email email@example.com
The above suppliers can load the boat with groceries, beer, minerals, ice etc on the afternoon prior to embarkation, if requested in advance. Bring your own delicacies, meats or drinks that may not be obtainable from a rural superette.
Abangane Houseboat Charter Prices 2020
Included in the Boat Hire
Popular destinations and travel times are:
Other destinations will be priced upon request. Elephant Bay is normally used as the final stop on the return trip. This ensures that you arrive at Binga for disembarkation by 09.00am the next day.
Cost Example - 12 pax to Senkwe for 5 days
Zimbabwe National Parks Fees 2020
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.