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Meremaid Houseboat

This is a mid-range Kariba houseboat option moored in Binga

Sunset on the lake Indoor dining, lounge and bar area Chill area on the top deck Comfortable cabins

PRICE before special offers

Approximate price per night

Self Catering rate
US$ 625 (Full vessel)  January to December

*Fuel deposit of $300 required


The Meremaid Houseboat has a comfortable capacity of 12 guests in 6 beautiful double cabins, but can easily accommodate up to 18 guests. It is a semi-luxurious houseboat with spacious air-conditioned cabins containing wash-basin and mirror, in elegant yet simple design. The covered lounge, dining area and bar are quite inviting, with beautiful wood furnishing and comfortable seating.

The Meremaid is a traditional "pontoon" Kariba houseboat which makes travelling a bit slow, but the advantage is the wide-open decks and plenty of space to relax and enjoy bird and game viewing, as well as the scenery, whether on the sun beds or by the jacuzzi on the top deck.

The houseboat is serviced with a crew of four to take care of your every need. The crew consists of a captain, chef, and two deck hands with their own quarters and ablutions. The Meremaid houseboat has good facilities on board, including music equipment to entertain yourselves, CD player, as well as limited gym equipment.

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Our Opinion

We like the comfortable price of the Meremaid when it comes to the overall trip cost per person - of-course the more guests the better the price per person.

Accommodation on Meremaid Houseboat

• 6 air-conditioned double cabins with vanity basins (lower deck)
• 3 separate toilets (lower deck)
• 2 bathrooms with showers, 2 with baths (lower deck)

Remember that the air conditioners only run when the generators are on, and the generator is turned off at 10pm as per lake regulations.

Boat Specifications

• Cabins can take up to 12 guests, but 18 people can be accommodated on the Meremaid Houseboat
• 80ft. Double Decked Pontoon style houseboat
• 2 x Skimmer Tenders with 25h.p. outboard motors

The Lower Deck

• 6 x Air-conditioned cabin room with vanity basins
• 3 separate toilets
• 2 baths and 2 showers
• There is a fully equipped kitchen with 2 minus 40 freezers, 2 fridges, gas stove & oven

The Upper Deck

• Splash pool
• Loungers
• Fully equipped air-conditioned bar and lounge area
• Bar fridges
• Stereo and CD player, VCR and Satellite TV (Clients to bring their own DSTV Card)
• Under-cover dining area
• Limited gym equipment

Tender Boats:

• 2 x tender boats
• 1 x Dory
• Fishing gear is not supplied, please bring your own

Facilities and Services

• Crew: 4 - comprising Captain, chef and deckhands
• 6 double cabins with air-con. Please Note: Generator will be switched off at 10pm which is Government Stipulated Lake Rules. Therefore the Air Cons will not run after this time.
• Toilets with 3 showers
• 220 V generator to run all electrical appliances. Plug points are square so clients should bring adaptors if necessary. There is also a cigarette lighter in the bar where phones and camera batteries can be charged.
• Fully equipped and air conditioned bar and lounge area and undercover dining area
• Jacuzzi on the upper deck
• Stereo and CD player, VCR and Satellite TV (Clients to bring their own DSTV Card)
• Limited gym equipment on board
• Braai facility
• Two pontoon tender boats with 25hp and 60hp, and one 25hp Dory


• Children 4 years and older are welcome.

Boarding times - Embark 12 noon and disembark 10am

Meremaid Houseboat Charter Prices 2020

Self catering cost of charter is US$ 625 per night for a up of 12 passengers.

Included in the Boat Hire:
Houseboat and Tender boat hire; Crew; All linen and mosquito nets; Cutlery and crockery

Fuel*; All meals, drinks, condiments etc; Toilet Paper; Bathroom Soap & Dishwashing Soap; Fishing equipment and bait; Ice; Bath and Swimming towels; Mosquito repellent National Parks lake usage and fishing fees First aid kit Vehicle parking fees
* A fuel deposit of $300 is required before boarding. If there is leftover fuel, the balance will be refunded, but if the fuel consumption goes higher than $300 worth, guests will be required toe settle the balance.

Fully inclusive cost of charter is available on request. Contact us for your requirements.

Fuel Prices:
Petrol $1.65 PER LITRE
Diesel $1.55 PER LITRE
APPROX USAGE FOR 3 NIGHTS IS 400LT DIESEL, 100LT PETROL (depending on fishing), and whatever fuel is not used will be refunded

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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.

  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

Approximate price per night

Self Catering rate
US$ 625 (Full vessel)  January to December

*Fuel deposit of $300 required

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