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Lady Jacqueline

Known as the Lady of the Lake, this 65ft cruiser moored at Bumi is ideal for groups of 4 to 10 people.

The Lady Jacqueline houseboat Comfortable furnishings Wildlife in Kariba Inside a double room

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Approximate price per charter per night


From  US$ 600 (Self Catering)

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The Lady Jacqueline is a steel mono hull houseboat, moored at Bumi Hills harbour in the middle of Lake Kariba between Kariba town and Binga. She is fully equipped and furnished well and is ideal for groups of 4 to 10 people. Beyond that, it would get a little overcrowded and I would suggest one of the larger houseboats like the Catalina, Meremaid or Zambezi Cruise Safaris.

The advantage of being a mono hull cruiser is that she is faster and more manoeuvrable than the pontoon houseboats, the disadvantage is that she is not as wide as them with the huge decks that they have.

The two double cabins are air-conditioned as is the lounge area, with ample outside deck space to lap up the beautiful Kariba weather. The two smaller cabins are smaller and are cooled via an air-conditioner in the passageway. A Jacuzzi on the front deck completes this all-rounder houseboat. The Lady Jacqueline can be hired on a self catering or fully inclusive basis see rates below.

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Our Opinion

The Lady of the Lake, Lady J is a nice sized houseboat ideal for small groups and families. Being a mono hulled cruiser, powered by twin Volvo Penta motors she is faster and can cover more distance than the pontoon houseboats. Substantial money has recently been invested into her refurbishment and she is now looking great. She is moored at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, in Matusadona which is right in the heart of great game and fishing territory. So although access is via charter flight, which adds to the cost slightly you are immediately enjoying the very best that Kariba has to offer.


• 2 x Air Conditioned en-suite Double Cabins with toilet, shower and wash basin (4 people)
• 1 x Twin Bunk Cabins (2 people) (shared air-conditioner)
• 1 x Bunk Cabin with 2 sets of Bunk Beds (4 people) (shared air-conditioner)
• 1 x Separate Bathroom (toilet, shower and wash basin)
• For anyone wanting to sleep on the upper deck there is a limited number of mattresses and Mosquito nets. (5 people)

Lady Jacqueline Specifications

• 65ft steel mono hull cruiser
• Equipment: Navman GPS, depth finders and fuel flow metres.
• Licensed to carry max 15 people
• Twin Volvo Penta turbo diesel inter-cooled engines
Silent 17Kva generator. Limited to running 6 hrs / day; so please ensure you order plenty of ice to keep your food and drinks cold.
• Only the Captain is allowed to drive the houseboat. However you can tow your boat behind the Lady Jacqueline - only two tenders can be towed at a time and it's entirely at your own risk.
• Three crew are onboard for each charter; the captain, the chef and a deckhand. The crew sleep in their own quarters with separate ablutions to the main boat.

The Upper Deck

• Comfortable seating and lounging for sunbathing, complete relaxation and enjoyment.
• Dining tables and chairs
• Drop down blinds in case of harsh winds and rain
• Two chest freezers and a triple bar fridge
• Approximately 80% of the deck is under cover
• Mattresses and mosquito nets for extra guests or anyone wanting to sleep under the stars rather than in their cabin

The Middle Deck (Saloon)

• On the front portion of the middle deck is the Jacuzzi and a generous sunbathing deck
• The spacious, enclosed and air-conditioned saloon has comfortable lounge suits and a bar area as well as a DVD home theatre, colour TV & video and CD player, 2 icemakers and a bar fridge.
• Available for your use is a selection of books both reference and novels , CDs, videos and games.
• Captains wheelhouse and kitchen

The Lower deck (inside the hull)

• Cabins and bathrooms as detailed above in accommodation section

Tender Boats:

• 1 x 18 ft 90hp Tender boat (10 pax) perfect for Fishing, Game Viewing and Sunset Cruises.
• At an additional cost a second tender boat can be arranged or you can bring your own.

The Saloon of the Lady Jacqueline

The very comfortable air-conditioned saloon, complete with TV and DVD home theatre system


• Specialised Fishing equipment is not supplied, please bring your own rods, tackle and bait. Bait such as Kapenta can be organized, please just advise your needs in advance.
• A limited amount of basic tackle can be hired from the crew, nominal rates will apply.
• A water purification system is on board and the water is “okay”. However, we still recommend bottled water for drinking.
• Board at 14h00 - Disembark 10h00 at Marinelan harbour, eastern Kariba.

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Lady Jacqueline Charter Prices 2019

This houseboat can be hired on either a fully inclusive or a self catered option - see below for details


One to Four Guests US$ 275 per person per day (minimum hire charge 4 pax)
Five to Ten Guests US$ 180 per person per day
For example:
group of 2 people - $1100 total per day, fully inclusive
group of 4 people - $1100 total per day, fully inclusive
group of 6 people - $1080 total per day, fully inclusive
group of 8 people - $1440 total per day, fully inclusive

Children under 12 pay 50%
Children under 5 stay free of charge

Includes: Exclusive use of boat and crew, food and drink, all activities (including game viewing by boat, fishing, bird watching), limited fuel enough to do sample 3 night itinerary below, dedicated tender boat and guides.

For full details on what is included and excluded go to:- Lady Jacqueline Fact Sheet


Dry boat (no fuel, no food) 1 to 10 passengers US$ 700 (High season) | US$ 600 (Low season) per boat per day

For full details on what is included and excluded go to:- Lady Jacqueline Fact Sheet

(Weather and time permitting)

Arrival Day: Cruise to the Ume River - great for game viewing and fishing, plus an al fresco luncheon on the top deck
Second Day: Cruise to Changa - the views and game viewing is fantastic in the Matusadona National Park!
Third Day: Leisurely cruise to Palm Bay well known for lion sightings. Game drives or walks can be arranged (at an additional cost).
Final Day: Cruise back to Bumi for your onward journey.

Zimbabwe National Parks Fees 2019

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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PRICE before special offers
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From  US$  600 (Self Catering)

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