Malachite Houseboat

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Zimbabwe has many natural and splendid beauties, but little in the world can compare with the superb wildlife to be seen on the shores of Lake Kariba and the calm serenity mixed with the excitement of outstanding Tiger fishing, an activity which Lake Kariba is so well known for!

Once on the lake you can travel on the houseboat to Matusadona Game Park, where game can be viewed from the comfort of your houseboat, Gache Gache Communal Lands, Spurwing Island, Fothergill Island and Charara Bay area.
There are two crocodile farms in Kariba area that can be visited but one would need to make arrangements to travel by road from Kariba town to these destinations.


Facilities include:

  • 4 cabins on the lower deck (3 with twin beds and the fourth with 3 bunks)
  • 2 toilets and 2 showers
  • Splash pool
  • Comfortable bar area on top deck
  • Fitted kitchen with two large deep freezers and ample loose cold boxes
  • Power supplied 220v
  • Braai
  • 3 crew (captain, chef and deck hand)
  • Boarding 12:00pm and disembarking 10:00am
  • Moored at Marineland harbour

Rates include:

  • Houseboat and tender boat hire
  • Crew
  • All linen and mosquito nets

Rates Exclude:

  • All fuel and outboard oil (the main vessel, tender boats and generators will be full before departure- on return to harbour at the end of the trip you will be required to re-fuel these and settle in USD cash at that time)
  • Fuel consumption is approximately 75 litres per night for the main vessel and 10 litres per tender per night
  • All meals, drinks, condiments, toilet paper, serviettes, washing liquid, soap and toiletries etc.
  • Fishing equipment and bait
  • Ice (recommended 4 blocks per day during winter and 5 blocks per day in the summer months)
  • Swimming towels
  • National Parks lake usage and fishing fees
  • First aid kit
  • Vehicle parking fees
  • Crew gratuities

Max Passengers: 14
Crew: 3
Cabins: 4
Registration Number: KF 190
Hull Type: : Pontoon
Length: 70ft (21.34m)
Engine: 2 x Cummins
Mooring: Carobeck Harbour


  • Fishing
  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Photography and videoing
  • Relaxation
  • Reading and board games
  • Sunbathing

Recommended Charter Routes:
2 night charters - up to Antelope Island
3 night charters - up to Palm bay
4 night charters - up to Sanyati west
5 night charters - up to Elephant point
6 nights or more - up to the Ume