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Kariba House Boat

I would say a Kariba House Boat Holiday is about as good as it gets

This 5000 square km lake, which when built was the largest man made lake in the world is by far one of my most favourite places to go. Over the years we have done many houseboat holidays and they are always great time for family and friends.

The lake is 281 kms long and at its widest point is 40 kms wide. The lake is studded with islands and fringed with magnificent mountain ranges like the Matusadona mountains and the whole landscape is supremely beautiful.

Kariba Sunset

Classic Kariba Sunset

Sunrises and sunset are indescribably beautiful and the absolute magic of this place can only be understood by those who have visited it and fallen in love with it.

The warm clear waters are home to over forty species of fish, the most notable of course being the tiger fish for which anglers come from around the world to catch.

The lush shoreline vegetation supports a profusion of bird and wild life, which is ideal when cruising on your house boat or even on one of the smaller tender boats, as you explore the shoreline or the many channels and inlets.

All in all if you are looking for a holiday of total relaxation, with the added attraction of game and bird viewing, some of the best fishing available, some of the most outstanding scenic and photographic opportunities....a Kariba House Boat holiday is ideal for you.


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This is a tricky one as everyone is different, so I would rather give some information and let you make your choice.

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Hornbill Lodge in Kariba town, Zimbabwe

Location: Kariba town, Zimbabwe.
Details:  Kariba town hotels are used more by local Zimbabweans who have their own boats and come on holiday. International tourists generally stay at the more luxurious safari lodges detailed below, where there are more activities and they can enjoy a safari.

Caribbea Bay Resort is probably the most popular hotel, followed by Cutty Sark Hotel. Hornbill Lodge is a boutique lodge with stunning views, whilst Nzou Lodge, Cerruti and Wild Heritage offers affordable self-catering accommodation. Warthogs Bush Camp has backpacker accommodation with a great relaxed atmosphere and location, while Lomagundi Lakeside also has self-catering and camping options.

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Musango Island Safari Camp Lake Kariba - Zimbabwe

Location: Lake Kariba shore, Zimbabwe.
Details:  Lake Kariba is a very noteworthy safari destination, although mistakenly often overlooked by international tourists. The safari lodges that have developed on the islands and mainland along the Matusadona shoreline offer some truly amazing safari opportunities.

The ones we recommend are Spurwing Island Lodge, Musango Island Camp, Bumi Hills, Changa Safari Camp and Rhino Safari Camp. Each one has its own uniqueness in some way, so please contact us for more information and details on each.

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Binga / Mlibizi

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Masumu Lodge, Binga, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Location: Lake Kariba shore, Zimbabwe.
Details:  This is going to be a very short paragraph as options are very limited indeed. This western end of the lake is remote, and tourism has never really taken off. It is very convenient if including Victoria Falls and Hwange in your holiday plans as it’s a nice drivable little circuit. There are a few houseboats at this end which are popular and the accommodation available is really for a night on either side of a houseboat trip.

Masumu Lodge is top of the ranking here and is actually a very nice spot. Chilila Lodges also have a few nice chalets. These both serve the Chilila harbour where several of the houseboats are moored and Zambezi Cruise Safaris depart from. Kulizwe Lodge serves the Kulizwe harbour, where the other houseboats are moored.

Mlibizi is a bit further west and it is from here that the Kariba ferry starts and ends. Accommodation is limited to the basic Mlibizi resort, right by the ferry harbour.

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Tashinga Campsite, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe

Location: Lake Kariba shore, Zimbabwe.
Details:  The once beautiful National Parks, Tashinga Campsite and chalets are today in a fairly dire state but are still open. Situated at the mouth of the Ume River in Matusadona National Park, access is very difficult and is either by boat or via a very arduous 4 x 4 road. Experienced 4x4 self-drivers attempt this, as the location is beautiful once you get there.

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Tehillah Houseboat - Economy Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$330
Up to 14 people per night.
Self Catering.
All Year.

Hull: 49.21ft (15m) twin pontoon with Cummins 6cyl turbo diesel engine
Cruising Speed: 6 – 6.5 knots
Tender Boats: Large steel pontoon (10 pax) with a 25hp Mariner and a small fibre glass (3 pax) 5hp Tohatsu
Power supply: 12 volts lighting system, small generator for charging cell phones etc
Cooking: Gas
Cold Space: there are three gas fridges and two large cooler boxes that will provide all the cold space you need.
Crew: Captain, Cook and Deckhand
Number of passengers: Accommodates 8 people comfortably and up to 14 maximum

2021 International Price: $330 per night up to 14 people - Self catering excludes meals and drinks.

Description:
Tehillah is designed to be cool and spacious. It comprises of 4 identical cabins, which have double cupboards and a dressing table. Two fold-out beds in the living area downstairs and mattresses upstairs make up the remaining beds for a full boat of 14. Children and singles often enjoy sleeping on the top deck in the breeze and with a view of the stars - there are six mattresses available in this case. Mosquito nets are provided for every bed. Clients are advised to seek advice as to how best protect themselves against malaria which is prevalent in Kariba.

The boat has two showers, an inside shower with a gas heater and an external shower for cooling off during the day. There are two toilets. Tehillah runs a 12V lighting system which requires no “noisy” generators to spoil the tranquil sounds of Africa as the sun goes down. There is a small generator, which is normally run while the boat is moving, to provide charging for all electronic devices.

The upper deck covers the entire area of the boat with an 8-seater table, two fixed daybeds, two movable loungers, and a bar. The majority of the upper deck is covered, with an open portion and loose mattresses for the sun-tanners at the front!
Meals are served either on the lower deck or the upper deck under a covered area. Also situated on the back deck is a wood braai.

All crockery, cutlery and linen are supplied. Guests are to provide their own toilet paper and cleaning materials. i.e. sunlight liquid, toilet spray, soap etc. (client’s to provide own wood, charcoal, fire lighters, etc)

The crew have their own cabin and ablutions.

Extra Facilities: There is a secure 4x4x1m swimming cage. Please bring your own swimming and bath towels.
Additional Information: catering, ice, rod hire, tackle purchase and bait can be organised at an extra cost. All fuels used is for the client’s account and has to be settled on completion of the cruise.
Mooring: Carobeck Harbour (Andora). There are shaded parking bays available in Carrobeck Marina where the houseboat is moored. You will be charged a parking fee by the local caretaker.
Boarding: 12 Noon | Disembarking: 10 AM

Deck Aid Houseboat - Economy Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$400
Up to 16 people per night.
Self Catering.
All Year.

Hull: 55ft (16.76m) barge with 2 x 55hp Nissan Patrol marinized motors
Cruising Speed: 6 knots
Tender boats: 1 x Samurai with 150hp Yamaha motor, and 1 x Skimmer Pontoon with 50hp Johnson outboard motor (ideal for fishing and game viewing).
Power Supply: Solar system. Lights are on a 12v system, there is also a 220v system which is powered by invertor. There is a 1hp backup generator for emergencies.
Crew: Captain, Cook and Deckhand
Number of passengers: Accommodates 14 people comfortably, and up to 16 maximum

2021 International Price: US$ 400 per night up to 16 people; self catering excludes meals, drinks and fuel.

Description:
Deck-Aid is a fantastic family boat. 3 double bed cabins en-suite, 1 cabin with 2 single beds, 1 cabin with 2 sets of bunk beds (4 beds), all are fitted with fans and mosquito nets. There is a separate shower and toilet for the none en-suite cabins. There are seats that fold out into 4 extra beds and 10 mattresses for those wanting to sleep on the top deck.

There is a lovely open-plan dining room and kitchen area, which the staff lay beautifully for meals. The kitchen itself has 2 gas freezers with about 240lt capacity, and a freezer that can be used as a fridge for vegetables. There are also 2 small gas freezers with about a 60lit capacity upstairs and a big ice-cream box.

The top deck has a small bar area, and a great wide-open deck, with a garden furniture set to entertain. This is where you will spend most of your time. The fact there is a splash pool is a nice addition and comes in very handy.

The crew have their own cabin and ablutions.

Mooring: Marineland Harbour

Nyati Houseboat - Mid-range Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$350
Up to 14 people per night.
Self Catering.
Low Season.
Nyati Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Nyati Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Nyati Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Nyati Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hull: 18m twin steel pontoon with Single engine 220hp Cummings
Cruising Speed: 2 to 3 knots
Tender boats: One mini pontoon seating 6-8 passengers with a 30hp Mercury. One Bumi speed boat seating up to 7 passengers with a 100hp Mercury motor.
Power supply: 220 volts 5kva solar system with backup 5kva generator
Cold space: Ample freezer, fridge and cooler boxes.
Crew: Captain, Cook and Deckhand
Number of passengers: Accommodates 8 people comfortably and up to 14 maximum

2021 International Prices: US$ 350 low season / US$ 400 peak season per night up to 14 people; self catering excludes meals, drinks and diesel

Description:
Nyati is a perfectly designed boat for families. It comprises of 1 double cabin with en-suite on the master cabin. Then another 3 twin cabins. All the cabins are air conditioned which runs off the generator. There are 2 separate showers, 3 toilets and wash basin to service these sleeping areas. Upstairs on the top deck, there is enough sleeping space for up to 8 pax on couch beds.

Nyati has a fully equipped kitchen galley in front on the lower deck. At the rear of the same deck a lounge / dining area which can be used for meal times and is enclosed and air conditioned. The crew have their own cabin and ablutions.

Extra Facilities: The top deck is spacious, 60% covered and nicely laid out with a splash pool and fitted Bar.
Mooring: Breezes Harbour

The OB Joyful - Mid-range houseboat
Kariba House Boat

$380
Up to 12 people per night.
Self Catering.
All Year.
OB Joyful Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
OB Joyful Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
OB Joyful Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
OB Joyful Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hull: 70ft (21.336m) twin steel pontoon with 2 x 4-cylinder Cummings 4BT motors
Cruising speed: Between 4 and 7 knots (weather permitting)
Tender boats: There are 2 x 14ft Dory tender boats, each with a 40hp engine. They can each take a max pax of 5 plus the driver (crew driven ONLY.)
Power supply: 220 volts system switching to 24 volt DC system when the generators are switched off
Cold space: Ample freezer and cooler boxes
Crew: Captain, Captain’s Assistant/On-board Mechanic, Cook and Deckhand
Number of passengers: Accommodates 8 people comfortably and up to 12 maximum

2021 International Price:
US$380 per night up to 12 people; self catering excludes meals, drinks and fuel.

Description:
OB Joyful is a lovely, air-conditioned boat. It comprises of 2 twin cabins on the lower deck with en-suite bathrooms with toilet, shower and basin. Then another 2 twin cabins on the upper deck with a hand basin in each room, sharing a separate toilet and shower. All the rooms are air-conditioned. For those wanting to sleep out on the top deck, there is enough sleeping space for up to 12 pax on mattresses.

The upper deck has a lovely fitted bar, with lots of room for the 2 tables and chairs that most guests prefer set up for their meals.

The lower deck has a saloon area with a breakfast area which is air-conditioned.

The crew have their own cabin and ablutions.

Extra Facilities: The forward upper deck has a splash pool with loungers and seating area, with a large umbrella. Please bring your own swimming towels.
Mooring: Cutty Sark Harbour

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Osprey Houseboat - Mid-range Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$550
Whole vessel - Up to 26 people per night.
Self Catering.
Osprey Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Osprey Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Osprey Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Osprey Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hull: 90ft (28m) double deck pontoon
Cruising Speed: 9 knots
Tender Boats: 1 x 16-seater pontoon – has a roof with a Yamaha 25hp engine. 1 x 12-seater pontoon with a Parsons 30hp engine. Only the crew of Osprey are permitted to drive these boats
Power supply: Main generator is a 6kva with a portable 5kva backup
Cold Spaces: Kitchen with fridge and freezers
Crew: Five - Captain, Cook and 3 Deckhands
Number of passengers: Accommodates up to 26 guests

2021 International Price: US$550 per night for up to 26 people - self-catering

Details:
The Osprey is a large pontoon houseboat with 12 cabins sleeping a maximum of 26 people. 8 twin cabins on the lower deck and 4 cabins on the upper deck, 2 of which are family cabins sleeping 3 in each. There are 4 bathrooms on the lower deck with showers, toilet and hand basins.

There is a fully equipped kitchen on the lower deck with gas stove/oven and fridge/freezers.

On the upper deck there is a Spacious Lounge Area and feature bar with dining area. A Sun Deck with sun loungers and a jacuzzi – shade awning over the pool area as well adjustable tarps if more shade is needed over the sun lounge area.

The crew have their own cabins and ablutions.

Extra Facilities: A 4m x 4m Swimming cage which has bench seats built inside this cage for those who wish to sit in the water in the sun. There is a wheelchair available on board and the boat is wheelchair friendly including a ramp for embarking and disembarking
Additional Information: Sun deck with sun-loungers and a jacuzzi – shade awning over the jacuzzi area, as well as adjustable tarps to increase the shaded area. The ramp leading onto the boat from shore has been modified to suit a wheel chair and the stair case leading to the top deck has a ramp with winch system. All the passageways are large and spacious for easy access for wheel chairs. There is also a ramp from the Bermuda deck that locks into place on the tenders so that the chairs can be rolled onto the tender boats to enable all guests to fish or game view
Mooring: Andora Harbour
Boarding:  12 Noon

Corsaro Houseboat - Luxury Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$1395
Up to 8 people per night.
Self Catering.
Low Season.
Corsaro Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Corsaro Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Corsaro Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Corsaro Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hull: 60ft cruiser with 2 x 350hp Cat Engines
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Tender Boats: 2 tender boats, being an Interceptor with a 200hp Optimax engine, and a Falcon with a 140hp engine. Both tender boats seat 8 pax.
Power supply: There is a 10kva inverter system that runs all appliances on 220v and 12v systems, with a 15kva backup Marine generator for emergencies. A square plug extension is located on the top deck, clients will need to bring adaptors if necessary.
Crew: 2 crew comprising Captain, and 1 cook/deckhand.
Number of passengers: Accommodates 8 people maximum - all in cabins and top deck

2021 International Prices: US$ 1395 off-peak / US$ 1795 peak season per night for up to 8 people per night.

Details: 2 queen bed en-suite cabins, 1 cabin with “L” shaped bunk beds, mattresses and mosquito nets provided for guests who wish to sleep on the top deck. There is a 3 rd shower room and toilet. The back deck has a covered dining / relaxing area, and there is also a covered top deck with jacuzzi, bar, lounge area. A fully fitted kitchen is located on the bottom deck.

Extra Facilities: Aircon. The whole boat has removable mosquito netting including both deck areas. All the cabins, as well as the inside salon area have air conditioners. There are also remote controls for the air cons. There is a large ice maker on board for guests enjoyment.
Additional Information: A gas braai can also be found on top deck.
Mooring: Lake Safaris Harbour
Boarding: 12 Noon  |  Disembarking: 10:30 AM

Shikra Houseboat - Luxury Houseboat
Kariba House boat

$1395
Up to 20 people per night.
Self Catering.
All Year.
Shikra Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Shikra Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Shikra Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Shikra Houseboat, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Hull: 105ft (32m) Twin Steel Pontoon with Twin Cummins Turbo Charged engines
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Tender Boats: 2 x tenders are supplied with the capacity to carry 20 pax at any given time.
Power supply: 220 volts AC and 12volt DC systems
Cold Spaces: COLD SPACE Ample freezer and cooled boxes
Crew: Five - Captain, Cook and 3 Deckhands
Number of passengers: Max pax is 20 guests (all in cabins)

2021 International Price: US$ 1395 per night for up to 20 people.

Details: Shikra is a very upmarket houseboat which was actually christened after a bird of prey; the Goshawk. The boat can accommodate 20 guests, all in en-suite cabins that are fully air conditioned. The 10 cabins are laid out in twin cabin format. The boat has a generously proportioned lounge and dining area, offering panoramic views of the landscape beyond, coupled with stylish interiors. The large lounge, dining room and bar are also fully air-conditioned with wide windows. The crew have their own cabins and ablutions.

Extra Facilities: Splash pool on the middle deck as well as a fitted Bar.
Additional Information: Catering, ice, rod hire, tackle purchase and bait can be organised at an extra cost. All fuels used is for the client’s account and has to be settled on completion of the cruise.
Mooring: Marineland Harbour
Boarding: 12 Noon   |  Disembarking: 10 AM

The Lady J Houseboat on Lake Kariba

Location: Lake Kariba (Binga side), Zimbabwe.
Details:  Binga is on the western section of Lake Kariba and hosts only a few houseboats. The wildlife at this end of the lake is not nearly as prolific as the Kariba side on the east, but there are far fewer boats on this side of the lake, so it's less congested and wilder.

Binga is easily accessible from Victoria Falls and Hwange, so combining a Binga houseboat holiday with Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls is easy to arrange. The houseboats offer self-catering and catered options, and vary in size - perfect for groups and families.

A holiday on Lake Kariba needs a bit of time for you to really enjoy and we recommend at least two nights to a week to really soak in the essence of this blissful place. You can see which boats we recommend by clicking on the "More Info" link below.

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