Umbozha Houseboat Kariba

Enjoy Lake Kariba from the decks of Umbozha Video

There is no better way of enjoying Lake Kariba than from the decks of Umbozha. Fitted to the highest standards of luxury, with cabin-space for 28 persons in five family cabins, two twin bedded cabins and two master suites with queen-size beds – all air conditioned.

With a large, central lounge/bar/dining area, two outside deck areas, a pool and an upper deck area there is ample room to spend time together or take in the surrounds in a more intimate setting. Carrying two tender boats and four crew members you are ensured first class hospitality and the option of exploring every corner of the lake.

Accommodation  (cabins – all en suite)
3 x family cabins each with a double bed and 2 adult bunk beds
2 x twin + 2 bunks (suits 4 single adults)
2 x double bedded cabins
2 x master cabins with queen sized beds
Total pax in cabins: 28 pax.

Fully air-conditioned
Other sleeping possibilities for large family and group travel:
The Main lounge has 2 full sized Indian daybeds and
a further full sized Indian daybed on the pool deck.
The back deck has 2 double outdoor daybeds.
For those sleeping in the lounge area there is a separate bathroom and shower. For those sleeping outside there is a separate toilet and shower on the 1st deck.
Total sleeping capacity (outside cabins) 8 passengers.

Full sonar navigation for night travel, this boat can traverse the entire lake

Television (for DVDs only): please bring your own DVDs

Music: Full modern music system, please bring your own music

Mooring: The vessel is moored at Andora Harbour, Kariba

Crew: On charter work there is a captain 3 deckhands and a chef

Host: Can be provided for an additional fee

Professional Guide: A pro guide can accompany the trip, for walking and general guiding from the tenders, this would be an additional fee.

Fishing: Basic fishing equipment is provided, but it is essential that any serious fishermen/women bring their own rods and tackle and make special arrangements with us for bait etc. We do provide a professional fishing guide at an additional fee. Additional fishing boats and bait will form part of these costs.

Usual tender boat supplied: 2 pontoon boats with covered roof and fold away comfortable seating.

Pool: At the front of the boat on the 1st deck is a large 4 m x 3 m pool with a large umbrella covering the entire pool.

Deck areas: There are 3 large deck areas: On the 1st deck at the front of the boat surrounding the pool, on the second deck at the back and on the top deck, surrounding the captain’s wheelhouse.

Power: All of the Umbozha fleet have generators powering the lighting and wall sockets at 240v as well as a 12v battery system when the generators are not running. All plug points are UK Square pin (please bring suitable adaptors). Generally the main generators are switched off between 10 and 11pm whereby the 12v battery system takes over until morning.


Zambezi Cruise Safari – Prices  for groups and couples from Victoria Falls or Kariba


Departs & returns to Kariba Town / Harbour (but we can collect or drop you from any of the Matusadona partner lodges)

Cruise across the Lake to the Matusadona National Park to our first night mooring in a secluded bay or river inlet. Scrumptious local fresh cuisine often utilizing fish caught ourselves during the trip.

Daily activities of YOUR choice from our tender boats (tenders are the smaller boats that travel with the main houseboat) fishing, game viewing, birding or simply taking in the magnificent views as we explore the rivers and bays of this part of the lake.

There are optional extras of walking and game drives deep into the national park from one of our partner lodges.

Many guests combine 2-3 nights of a Matusadona lodge /partner product with this cruise and we can easily transfer you or collect you from these properties at any suitable time to yourself.


Departing from Kariba mid-morning followed by a scrumptious buffet lunch while cruising the lake to the far end of the Eastern Basin near the famous Bumi Safari Lodge.

We moor on one of the islands or the shoreline for an afternoon of wildlife activities and sundowners from the tender boats then after dinner cruise through the night to the Sengwe River Basin. Morning & afternoon adventures into the beautiful & remote Sengwe River system with its great birding and possible wildlife sightings followed by sundowners and an evening beach braai.

On day three we enjoy leisurely breakfast aboard the main vessel while cruising to Elephant Bay/Masumu River Lodge. From here those on the 2 night cruise will depart for onward transfer.

For those staying aboard for a 3rd night we will enjoy activities in and around Elephant Bay and the Binga area or simply relax on board, followed by sundowners from the tender boats and dinner.

Day four we cruise to harbour over breakfast for a mid morning onward transfer to your next destination.


Early morning collection from your Victoria Falls/ Hwange/Livingstone/Chobe Lodge or Hotel, followed by an interesting transfer to Binga.

Depart harbour by midday followed by scrumptious buffet lunch while cruising the lake to the beautiful and remote Sengwe River. Late afternoon activities include exploring the River system with its great birding and possible wildlife sightings followed by sundowners before returning to the boat for a relaxing beach braai.

After dinner we cruise to the Eastern Basin near Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. Spend the day enjoying activities including fishing, game viewing from tender boats or optional game walks and game drives in the Matusadona national park from one of our partner lodges.

End the day with relaxing sundowners as you enjoy a sunset cruise.

On day 3 we enjoy a leisurely breakfast aboard the main vessel, those on the 2 night cruise will depart to caribou labour for onward transfer.

For those staying aboard for the third night there will be activities around the bays and inlets or simply relax by the pool.

Day four we cruise to harbour as we enjoy breakfast and arrive for your midday onward transfer.


Early morning departure from Victoria Falls/Hwange National Park/Livingstone/ Chobe to Binga arriving for a mid-day departure cruising to the Sengwe River. Evening activities & sunset wildlife cruise down the Sengwe River followed by drinks and dinner on board.

Early morning activities of fishing, guided walks or game viewing followed by brunch whilst we cruise to Elephant Bay where we moor on one of the Island’s with a sandy beach where we relax around a camp fire and watch the sunset over the lake followed by a beach braai.

Morning activities and cruise back to Binga harbour for your onward transfer.  |

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