OB Joyful Houseboat
Moored at Cutty Sark Harbour in Kariba, semi-luxurious Kariba Houseboat at a good price
The OB Joyful houseboat can probably be classed as semi-luxurious houseboat, the sleeping cabins and enclosed living areas are nicely finished off in wood panelling and they are all air-conditioned but it doesn't have the luxuriously furnished saloons of the Catalina or Lady Jacqueline.
The OB Joyful is a traditional "pontoon" Kariba houseboat which makes travelling a bit slower, 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. The OB Joyful is able to sleep 8 people in air-conditioned cabins which is it's advantage over The Abangane - that is, if you want to sleep in cabins.
It's a really nice houseboat at an affordable price and is mostly hired out on a self-catering basis, but a fully catered service can be arrange through an outsourced company.
The OB Joyful Houseboat is fully serviced with a crew of four to take care of your every need. The crew consists of a captain who has an excellent reputation on Kariba, a chef, a deck hand and a cabin attendant. The OB Joyful undergoes ongoing extensive maintenance and upgrading to pontoons, generators, main motors, propellers, rudders and gearboxes. New air-conditioners have been installed. New linen has been supplied. Current seaworthy certificate.
Read more about Kariba and a Houseboat holiday
This boat is a pretty nice one and the price is great for self-catering, and if you want to go hassle-free, catering can be outsourced for you.
Accommodation on OB Joyful Houseboat
• 2 air-conditioned double cabins with showers en-suite (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.
• Licensed to carry 23 persons inclusive of 4 crew members. However, no more than 12 passengers (excluding crew) are recommended,
maximum of 10 for comfort.
The Lower Deck
The Upper Deck
• The forward deck has a nice Jacuzzi (heated if necessary) and several sun loungers for those just wanting to chill out, relax and catch a suntan while cruising along the lake
• 2 x 40hp tender boats
The Upper Deck of the OB Joyful
Houseboat has tables and chairs, bar, large fridge/bottle cooler, plus plenty of mattresses and
• Generator with 220 V power supply to run all electrical appliances
The 2 tender boats that accompany the houseboat
Boarding times - Embark 12 noon and disembark 10am
OB Joyful Houseboat Charter Prices 2023 & 2024
Self catering cost of charter is US$ 380 per night (February, March, May, June, July, September, November), US$ 450 per night (April, August, October and 1st - 22nd December), US$ 600 (Easter and 23 December to 3 January).
Excluding: Diesel, petrol, drinks and food which are for client’s account. Catering is outsourced and catering information is available on request and is quoted according to client requirements
• A deposit of 50% is required before booking can be confirmed and is required within 21 days of provisional booking. The remaining 50% is due 7 days before clients board OB Joyful
Included in the Boat Hire:
Zimbabwe National Parks Fees
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.