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Kariba Ferry - Sail Across Lake Kariba

The Idyllic and Easy Way to Get from Victoria Falls to Kariba

Kariba Ferry

The "Sea Lion" - Kariba Car and Passenger Ferry Service

Victoria Falls to Kariba by Road

Getting from Victoria Falls to Kariba and visa versa has in recent years been a real problem. Air Zimbabwe cancelled their scheduled flights, and therefore only expensive private charters were available.

The drive on the Zimbabwe side is extremely long and arduous, the only route via Karoi and Binga.

Map of Kariba

Map of Kariba

It is a remote dirt road through the mountains behind Matusadona and is only recommended for 4 x 4's or seasoned travellers.

You can drive through Zambia, this is a good tarred road, and will take you approximately 6 to 7 hours via Siavonga and Livingstone. However depending on your passport you might incur the costs of a Visa to enter Zambia as well as additional vehicle entry costs.

The Kariba Ferry

The re-introduced Kariba Ferry Service has made it easy again. The Service operates between Andorra harbour in Kariba Town and Mlibizi in the western end of the lake. They can accommodated up to 70 people and 15 vehicles

It's a an overnight journey of 22 hours. During this time you can completely relax and take in the breathtaking scenery of lake Kariba as you cruise its full length.

Three meals are included Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast, plus morning and afternoon tea is also provided. There is also a cash bar available for those inevitable sundowners.

Sleeping is communal on chair-beds in the central lounge area - mattresses and all bedding is provided. There are toilets and hot showers available.

This is a great cruise and not only does it get you from A to B but is also a really enjoyable part of your holiday. We have done it a couple of times now and we love it. See the bottom of this page for scheduled sailing dates.

Dinner aboard the Kariba Ferry Aboard the Kariba Ferry

Kariba Ferry Departure Times

The ferry departs from Andora harbour (Kariba) & Mlibizi at 10h30 Sharp

Arrives the following day at 08h30

Passengers to be at embarkation point no later than 09h30 (late arrivals will miss the boat)

If you don't have a vehicle you will need to arrange for a road transfer from Mlibizi to Victoria Falls or visa versa. Please contact us we can help you arrange that.

The Sealion of Lake Kariba - affordable commercial ferry from Mlibizi to Kariba

The Sealion

Kariba Ferry Vehicle Restrictions

There is a height restriction of 1.95metres for 12 vehicles, and 3 parking spaces in an open-deck area with no height restriction (ideal for heavily-packed 4x4s with roof rack tents etc.)

When making enquiries regarding vehicles other than standard types, please give full dimensional details of the vehicle; length, width and height.

Vehicles getting onto the Kariba Ferry

Kariba Ferry Rates 2023/4


Adults – $145.00
Under 12 – $ 75.00
Under 2 – Free

2% ZTA levy included
15% Vat included if applicable
National Parks entry fee not included.


Bicycles – $15.00
Boat on trailer – subject to quotation
Caravans over 6m  – subject to quotation
Karibean Cruise – $200.00 (Child $97)
Mini Bus (up to 8 seats) – $175.00
Mini Bus (9 – 14 seats) – $225.00
Mini Bus (15 – 20 seats) - $325.00
Motorcycle – $115.00
Trailers & Caravans (over 4.01m - 6.00m) – $290.00
Trailers up to 4.00m – $215.00
Vehicles 4.00m and under – $135.00
Vehicles 4.01m to 4.70m – $155.00
Vehicles 4.71m to 5.50m – $175.00
Vehicles 5.51m to 6.00m – $210.00

Kariba Ferries Terms and Conditions

Regrettably, due to non arrivals, they have to advise that they cannot confirm a booking until they are in receipt of a 50% deposit which is due within 14 days of making the booking. Should this not occur, Kariba Ferries reserves its right to resell the booking. Final Payment is due 30 days prior to sailing, likewise should this not occur; they reserve the right to resell the booking. In the case of late bookings, space may be secured via cash payment or electronic transfer.

Cancellation Policy

50% of payment is required with in 14 days after receiving your invoice, remainder of the fare is due at least 30 days prior to sailing.

Cancellations will be charged at the following rates:

31 days or More – 10% of Fare
15 – 30 days – Loss of deposit
14 days or less – forfeiture of full fare

Scheduled 2024 Sailing Dates

*All Sailing Dates are provisional unless otherwise stated.

Kariba to Mlibizi Mlibizi to Kariba
January 2024
4th (confirmed) 5th (confirmed)
11th 12th
February 2024
12th 13th
March 2024
28th 29th
April 2024
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