Kariba Lake Yacht and Sailboat Tours

"T shirt and shorts” sailing in one of the best Yatching Vacation places in the world

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The optimum season is from April through mid-November. These months offer the best of mild, dry, tropical winter weather and avoid the summer storms and heat. Winds are moderate to brisk.September and October temperatures average 30 C by day and 16 C by night. In April to August the temperatures average 24C by day and 12C by night
The main sail is gaff rig with a ‘loose’ foot (no boom). The foresail is on a furling gear. The outboard motor is a Honda 4 stroke 9.9 hp. Each hull has a cabin: many prefer to sleep on deck - a full double bed and two singles are provided. Starboard there is a chemical toilet and on port, a galley with two gas plates and all necessary equipment.
Where else in the world can you sail up close alongside elephants, hippos, buffalos, zebras, and sometimes even the mighty lion? Sleep under a Milky Way so bright that you can almost leave the torch behind.
Adaptations for Lake Kariba
Our Tikis are with a bimini designed to unroll in sections, giving shade where needed. We have increased the cabin ventilation to keep them cool, and the roof is insulated to reduce heat. At night, the deck and cabins are contained within a large net impregnated with insectecide, which is raised on a halyard. The aft hatch contains a full ice locker with ice water, sodas, wine, beer, and juice. The ample supply will last for the entire safari.
Blissful days on the lake...
We sail in a flotilla, with one of the Tikis, our catamarans, as our mothership. Each client's crew has its own fully equipped catamaran, which will be your home away from home on your Kariba safari. From the mothership, we lead the way, taking note of the wind and the wildlife.

Years of experience on the lake and our local knowledge have taught us where the best places are to moor for the night, where herds of elephants and buffalo will greet you.
To suit Lake Kariba's mild and warm climate, when days and nights are better spent in the open than below deck, the catamaran rather than the monohul was selected.
The Tiki 30 is a genuine sea-going yacht and we are proud to be the first worldwide to build them here in Zimbabwe. It is safe, stable, fast and easy to sailThe Tiki's shallow draught makes for easy beaching on Kariba's shoreline, which is typically how we make fast each night.
Stability and powerful windward perfomance are achieved by a rig of gaff-headed mainsail that is an aerodynamic soft wing (no boom - no sore heads!) along with a roller furling jib. In moderate winds the Tiki does 6 knots on the reach.
In calm conditions and for manoeuvring, the outboard motor gives a quiet 4 knotsA spacious central deck with 3m long seats on each side provides comfortable lounging space as well as good helming positions.
At night the forward part of the deck converts to a large double bed, and the seats can sleep two adults and two children in comfort. Each hull has a cabin with double bunk - a retreat for peace or for privacy. Galley and heads are within the hulls.

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