Dry Boat Rates exclude

ALL FUEL  USED for the houseboat, tender boat/s & generator – the approximate fuel usage for the houseboats quoted exclusive of fuel is listed on the spec sheets attached in most cases.  If you need assistance please let me know

CATERING – you can either bring your own food and the cook on board will prepare all your meals, or we can supply catering for you

Sample menus and rates on request

CLEANING MATERIALS – toilet paper; air freshener; dish washing liquid; personal washing powder;  charcoal; matches; paper serviettes; etc. are not supplied on the houseboats

If you are self-catering you will need to bring these items with you, if we are catering for you we can supply these items @ $30-$40/charter

DRINKS – these can either be brought with you or we can order drinks have them pre-loaded for you – drinks are sold on a sale & return basis – product & price lists on request

ICE, FISHING ROD HIRE, TACKLE & BAIT – all these items we pre-order for you and they will be pre-loaded in time for your arrival – costs are included on the drinks price list

NATIONAL PARKS FEES – river/lake usage applies to all passengers; fishing licences only for the people fishing (please note these are government controlled and are subject to change without notice


SECURE VEHICLE PARKING – $5/vehicle per night

GRATUITIES – at your discretion



Drinks list suggestion –  Kariba

Fishing Gear

Facilities On Board Houseboats

Refrigerator/Freezer, Stove , Oven , Microwave, Pots/Pans, Dishes & Cutlery, Coffee Pot, Cooking Utensils, Linens/Pillows, TV/VCR, Clothes Hangars , Hot & Cold Water, Cleaning Supplies, Garbage Bags, Biodegradable Soap, BBQ / Braai, Cooler , Outdoor Furniture, AM/FM stereo/CD player, Marine Radio, Fire Extinguisher, Life Jackets (emergency use only), Emergency Flares, First Aid Kit, compass, Tender Boat on tow. Crew: Captain, Chef and or Deckhand in their own quarters

Air-conditioning & Generators

  • Lake law is that all generators be turned off after 10 o’clock in the evening. This means they are no use for sleeping in cabins, however are very pleasant when having dinner in the dining room should you wish to eat inside. Most people enjoy the fresh air and sleep on the top deck.
  • The generators on the boats can only run for a maximum of five hours a day. This is sufficient time to keep the deep freezes and refrigerators cold.  Please do not ask the Captain to extend the hours of the generator.
  • On air conditioned vessels, the air conditioners will only be turned on while the generators are running

How much will fuel cost?

It depends on the size of the boat, distance traveled and how much air con you use. Diesel boats tend to be much less expensive to operate. Always demand that the Captain takes a
fuel reading with you before and after the cruise


Vessels are rented out on either a bareboat/self-catering basis ( no meals /refreshments teas/coffees) but there are also various catering options available – which are recommended. Most charters leaving from Kariba, dependant on the length of the booking, will spend the duration of the charter at various mooring points along the Matusadona National Park shoreline (south of Kariba town)

Included in Rate
Hire of houseboat, 15% Sales Tax, 2% Tourism Levy, cutlery, crockery and linen. The use of the tender boats and service of crew as specified on the webpage

Excluded in Rate
Fuel for mother boat and for tender boats.
Clients pay for fuel on completion of the hire. This is paid at the end of the charter in cash or travellers cheques or certain Credit Cards. Please take a reading with the Captain before and on completion of the charter.

Harbour Parking Fee
CAR PARK FEES vary from harbour to harbour on a per vehicle per night basis and are payabl

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