Lake Kariba & Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
Wake up early to head out game viewing or fishing at dawn before boating back for breakfast on the upper deck
Fully air-conditioned accommodation ensures a good night's rest on board
Four crew are always on hand to help around the boat, out on the tenders or in any other way to make your stay memorable
Enjoy some of the best fresh water fishing on earth in pursuit of the legendary tiger fish
Sleep on the top deck under the night sky, fall asleep counting shooting stars
Best time to Visit
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The wet season in Zimbabwe officially runs from December through to March, saying that, with recent unpredictable weather patterns, rain has come in recent years as early as the beginning of November through until April. Following the rains the country is lush and green, but dries out as the cooler winter months of June to August approach. The temperature can get cold at night over these winter months but continues to be in the mid-twenties in the day, a very pleasant and dry heat. September sees the heat rise again with warm dry winds blowing through Southern Africa. By October, before the storm clouds build and break, the heat can be at its most intense, despite this it is also a great month for game viewing as animals congregate around waterholes and sightings are not interrupted by the dry grass and bush. Travel in November can throw up an interesting challenge, at this point, as the seasons turn it is quite possible to see dramatic thunderstorms off the back of clear dry days, and vice versa.
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Karabezi is a spacious and luxurious houseboat based from the Marineland Harbour on Lake Kariba. With room for up to 20 guests in a range of accommodation types, Karabezi is a great option for a family or a group of friends looking for an adventure.
Accommodation is over a range of options, both in cabins and on deck: two double en-suite cabins, two bunk cabins, two twin en-suite cabins and a further twin cabin with a bathroom directly opposite.
Alongside the accommodation, the Karabezi is comfortably fitted with a spacious breakfast lounge with breakfast bar, flat screen TV, DVD and a small library of reference books. A fully equipped kitchen has a gas oven, three chest freezers and a large fridge/freezer amongst other amenities.
On the second deck there is an air-conditioned lounge, dining and main bar area with plenty of seating and large chillers for drinks. On the same deck, there is a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and a seating area. The Jacuzzi can be covered to create a large day bed.
The third deck is equipped with six daybeds, which can be turned into beds with undercover mosquito nets, for nights under the stars.
At the stern is a tender deck with two staircases leading directly to the second deck and sliding doors linking to the breakfast bar. From this deck guests can access the tender boats, of which there are two. One pontoon type tender takes between eight and ten passengers and a speedboat takes six passengers.
Accommodation is over a range of options, both in cabins and on deck. There are two double en-suite cabins with air-conditioning. These two double bedrooms can be turned into family rooms through an adjoining door leading to twin bunk cabins. These bunk cabins can also be closed off from each other for privacy. Other cabin accommodation consists of two twin, air-conditioned, en-suite cabins and a further twin, air-conditioned, cabin with a bathroom directly opposite. Six fold out beds on the large air-conditioned second deck complete the accommodation options and bring the number of beds on the boat up to 20.
|Double Room - En suite||
Double en-suite and air conditioned.
|Twin Room - En suite||
Twin en-suite, air conditioned rooms.
Twin air conditioned room. Bathroom directly across from the room.
Six fold out beds.
A typical day on board begins early in the morning when the tenders set out to explore the lake shores with game viewing and fishing. On the tenders it is possible to explore the many small tributaries which flow from the escarpment into the lake. The guides also know the best locations and techniques for catching both bream and the hard fighting tiger fish.
Remember that lake Kariba has an extremely healthy crocodile and hippo population and that swimming, or putting any part of your body in the water at any time is incredibly dangerous.
Canoeing on the Zambezi
Join an experienced and qualified river-guide for a canoe safari on the Zambezi River, this is a fantastic way to experience the northern safari areas of Zimbabwe and get a feel for the power of the Zambezi.
Fishing in Zimbabwe
Visitors travel from across the globe to Northern Zimbabwe to try their hand at catching one of the most iconic of fresh water game fish: the Tiger Fish. Ten-pound plus tigers are a common catch on the waters of Kariba and the wider Zambezi.
Zimbabwe is one of the best places in Africa to experience walking in the bush. The guides are of the highest quality, the game is fantastic and the different environments, throughout the country, are well suited for exploring on foot.
Location & directions
Lake Kariba & Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe
Running West to East along the Zimbabwe Zambia border, Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake on the planet in terms of volume. At almost 140 miles long and, at points, 20 miles wide, Lake Kariba was created through the damming of the Zambezi River on its course to the Indian Ocean through the construction of the Kariba Dam in the late 1950s.
How to get there
Fly by scheduled charter from Harare, Victoria Falls, Livingstone or Lusaka to Kariba Airport. From here, transfer to the harbor to board. Alternatively, it is approximately a 4-hour drive from Harare, or a 3-hour drive from Lusaka to Kariba. Driving from Victoria Falls to Lake Kariba is not advised as the distance and conditions of the road mean the journey will take up to 24-hours.