House Boating on Lake Kariba

This must be one of the most relaxing ways to spend a few days (providing of course the storms don’t come up – then it turns into an adventure second to none!)
Lake Kariba Houseboating holidays are legendary and most days are calm and sunny. The Zambian side of the lake is not crowded with other houseboaters, in fact there are only a few boats that operate on this side. On the Zimbabwean side there are hundreds. The lake, however is big enough to feel completely isolated as you drift along the banks or over to the many islands. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular.
You can hire a luxury cruiser with cabins and crew to serve you in style, or take your own food, bring loads of friends and party ’till you drop.
Bateleur offers charter cruises on the Lake from one night to ten nights in duration. She sleeps 14 passengers and has 4 crew members. On the lower deck are 3 cabins (one with double bed and en-suite bathroom) accommodating 6 passengers, 2 public toilets/showers, a lounge, a fully equipped kitchen with gas cooker, deep freezers and 220 volt electricity on-board. There is also a large pool/sun deck with a fully operational Jacuzzi to cool off from the heat of the day. On the upper deck is the Captain’s bar and a large comfortable lounge area. Day seating on the upper deck converts to sleeping accommodation at night (sleeping an additional 8 passengers), each bed is fully mosquito proofed with large walk-in type mosquito nets. Two tender boats are normally towed behind the houseboat for fishing and/or sightseeing. Tariffs are structured depending on the nature and length of the charter but normally include a basic rate for the houseboat with catering quoted separately. Extras include the bar and tender boat fuel (charged according to usage).

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