3 Nights
Duration
Zimbabwe
Primary Location

This package combines the best of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park from the perfect vantage point.  A definite must for any “Africa Bucket List.”

The largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Kariba has always been a very popular tourist destination both in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A Houseboat holiday combines such wonderful elements – the luxury of a private crew to tending your needs: The exclusivity of a vessel all your own; The joy of having wildlife come to the comfort of your floating home: The thrill of landing the big fish; And then the awe-inspiring sunsets and pure magic of a full moon rising over the water.

Highlights

Tiger Fishing Breathtaking Scenery
Exclusive Use Photography, Birding & Photography

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Day 1: Departure

The first day on the Lovely Lady Jacqueline commences with a cruise from Bumi Hills to the Ume River. A stunning, untouched wilderness, the Ume boasts one of the best game viewing areas on the lake as it is well serviced by the Bumi Hill Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU). Not only is there a one-of-a-kind game viewing experience but some of the best fishing one Kariba is all the way out here. Unequalled views and an Al Fresco Luncheon on the top deck on the water is the ultimate day on the world’s largest man-made reservoir.

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Day 2

We invite you to sit back and relax whilst soaking in the spectacular views, sounds and remote beauty of the Matusadona National Park, as we embark on the four-hour cruise to Changa (behind Spurwing and Fothergill Islands).

Matusadona National Park is in Northern Zimbabwe and was formed in the late 1950’s. Matusadona was proclaimed a non-hunting area on the 7th November 1958 before being declared a Game Reserve in 1963 and only in 1975 did Matusadona become a National Park. Its vast area encompasses a combination of pristine and rugged wilderness, magical mountains and is home to an abundance of wildlife.

Back in the late 1950’s when Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station was being built and the dam wall constructed, the Kariba gorge was flooded and as it was home to thousands of animals along with the local Tonga people, relocation was required for the animals. Rupert Fothergill lead a wildlife rescue operation that lasted five years, calling it ‘Operation Noah’ Operation Noah saved over 6000 animals which were largely relocated to Matusadona National Park. The Matusadona National Park, locally known as the ‘Matuzviadonha Hills’ stretch along the lakeshore between the Sanyati and Ume rivers. The word ‘Matuzviadonha’ means ‘falling dung’ and came from the common sightings of elephant dung seen rolling down the steep slopes on the escarpment.

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Day 3

On the final day, we take a leisurely three-hour cruise to Palm Bay well-known for lion sightings. Should you wish to go for a game drive or a walk, Spurwing Island will be happy to oblige (additional costs apply). And sometimes, when the water is high enough and an island has formed, we can arrange a beach braai, fire crackling, sun setting… Another sought-after option to consider is a magical boat cruise to the Sanyati Gorge. *Kindly note that there is an additional park fee, should you wish to cruise up the Sanyati Gorge.

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Day 4: Return

A leisurely cruise back to base, saying goodbye to the magical mountains of the Matusadona National Park.

ZIMBABWE– Kariba

The largest artificial lake in the world, Lake Kariba has always been a very popular tourist destination both in Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A Houseboat holiday combines such wonderful elements – the luxury of a private crew to tending your needs: The exclusivity of a vessel all your own; The joy of having wildlife come to the comfort of your floating home: The thrill of landing the big fish; And then the awe-inspiring sunsets and pure magic of a full moon rising over the water.

INCLUDES:

Road transfers Bumi airstrip / Mooring / Bumi airstrip
3 nights Lady Jacqueline, Kariba Includes: Accommodation is EXCLUSIVE USE.

Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks).  We recommend early muffins, cereals etc from 6am onwards & a full brunch with all the goodies at 11am.  Afternoon tea with cake etc. then dinner at 8pm.

Limited house wines, local beers, soft drinks and water * (Clients will be requested to complete a drinks list)

All activities including game viewing by boat, fishing, bird-watching

LIMITED FUEL PER DAY: 3 hours cruising time, 8 hours generator time and a caddy tank for the tender boat

PLEASE NOTE: the above fuel allocation will be sufficient to cover the 3 night itinerary

Dedicated tender boat and guides

EXCLUDES:

  • All visas
  • INT & Regional Flights & Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • All optional activities
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Unless otherwise stated, national park and river usage fees
  • All other drinks*
  • National Lake Fees. Payment direct but if Parks official is not there give it to staff who will pay on your behalf.
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Clients are able to purchase additional/ specialised drinks, based on the current local rates and availability.

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