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Currently listing 85 Quality Houseboats for Safari & Fishing Holidays on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, Africa

Lady May Houseboat

Lady May Houseboat 5 STAR RATING

The Lady May Houseboat is a top of the range Monohull Cruiser, possibly the most luxurious in her catergory.  Decorated with interior pine panelling, she is the Lady of the Lake.  Beautiful and sleek, spacious and comfortable, fully air conditioned with finishing's and furnishings fit for the Corporate and Executive client and those who seek the ultimate experience in upmarket houseboat holidays.



  • CREW:  crew comprising Captain, chef and 1 deckhand
  • MAX PAX:  12 (8 pax in cabins)
  • CRUISING SPEED:  6 to 7 knots
  • CABINS:  4 cabins (2 x double -  en suite, 1 x twin - en suite, 1 x twin bunks with seperate shower and toilet)
  • EXTRA BEDDING ON TOP DECK - only 6 mosquito nets, but more available on request.
  • AIR CONDITIONED:  Throughout   Please Note:  Generator will be switched off at 10pm which is Government Stipulated Lake Rules.  Therefore the Air Cons will not run after this time.
  • TOILETS:  4 in total
  • SHOWERS:  4 in total
  • GENERATOR 25KVA Generator + a 10KVA back up with 220 V power supply to run all electrical appliances
  • PLUG POINTS are square so clients to bring adaptors if necessary. 
  • COLD SPACE  1 x Large Stand Up Fridge/Freezer, 2 x deep freezers, 2 x fridges and cold boxes & new bar fridge.
  • JACUZZI on upper deck with sun loungers
  • UPPER DECK  boasts 360 degree view of lake and is partially covered
  • MUSIC SYSTEM:  Ipod docking station, TV, DVD player on board. Clients to bring own Ipod and DVD's.
  • FITTED KITCHEN  with ample Cold Space
  • BRAAIS - Charcoal braai on board
  • CHILD FRIENDLY:  preferrably children 6 years and older
  • TENDER BOATS:  1 x Pontoon Type Tender, 1 x Dory SpeedBoat   Please Note:  Tender Boats are for Game Drives and fishing in the vicinity of the houseboat and are strictly crew driven.  Should you require a speed boat for long distance fishing, please either bring your own which will be towed behind the houseboat leaving behind one of the houseboat tenders, (please bring your own rope for towing and fuel) or you can hire a speed boat from Marineland.  (Contact us for details).
  • MOORING:  Currently moored at Marineland.  Parking is $5 per night per vehicle and it is safe and guarded.
  • BOARDING: 12:00pm and disembarking at 10:00am (Unless otherwise arranged)


    Rates include:

    • Houseboat and Tender boat hire
    • Crew
    • Cleaning Materials, Dishwashing Soap, Toilet Paper and Bathroom Soap
    • All linen and mosquito nets 
    • Cutlery and crockery

    Rates Exclude: 
  • Fuel for main vessel, tender boats and generator
  • All meals, drinks, condiments etc
  • Fishing equipment and bait
  • Ice
  • Bath and Swimming towels
  • Mosquito repellant 
  • National Parks lake usage and fishing fees
  • First aid kit
  • Vehicle parking fees

Recommended Charter Routes


Minimum 2 night charter - up to Changa Chirire area or Gache Gache area
3 night charters - up to Palm bay or Sanyati West
4 night charters - up to Gordons Bay/Elephant Point
5 night charters - up to Elephant point/Tashinga
6 nights or more - up to the Ume




Main engines:  13 litres per running hour EACH ie. 26 litres per hour for 2 engines

Big generator:  4.5 litres per hour

Small generator:  2.5 litres per hour

Tender boat – work on 25 litres per day



Harbour to Antelope / Zebra Islands   1 – 1.5 hours

Harbour to Palm Bay   3 – 3.5 hours

Harbour to Elephant Point  4.5 hours

Harbour to Ume  5 – 6 hours



Sengwa Safaris offer competitive rates on all extras (catering, drinks, fishing rod hire and bait) so please let us know if you would like us to include any of these in your quotation. Please click on the links above for more information on catering and extras or visit our FAQ's page.

Please note that whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details supplied above are correct we can not be held responsible in any way should an item mentioned above not be on board /broken or miss quoted.





Specs and Technical Data

Max Passengers: 8
Crew: 4
Cabins: 4
Registration Number: KF1556
Hull Type: : Cruiser
Length: 26ft (7.92m)
Engine: 2 Twin Volvo Penta D4/180 engines
Mooring: Breezers Harbour


4 Toilets 4 Showers Air Conditioning Tender Boats: 1 x Pontoon, 1 x Dory Speedboat and 1 x Bumi Hull Tender Cold Space: 2x deepfreeze, 2x fridge, several free cold boxes Swimming Facilities: Jacuzzi

Extra Facilities

Offers dry, wet or fully inclusive packages Charcoal Braai on board


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

Guest Comments


September 2019

Hi Maureen


Thanks again for all your help and assistance with our party who were on Lady May in September.  They had an incredible time and were so blessed by the staff, the food and also the boat itself.  They will definitely be back!


Here's a little message from them :-


 "Dear Moses, George and Morgan.

We would like to thank you and your crew for the wonderful time that we spent on your boat the Lady May. Despite the hiccup with the steering everything else went like clockwork, again because of the quick reaction of the crew and the maintenance staff. Our only disappointment was the fishing which, if we are able to have another trip next year, we can work on better ways of encouraging the fish to come to an area of our choice !   Finally a special thanks to you and your crew for making a combined effort to meet all our needs."


Kind regards





April 2016

Good afternoon, Maureen,


I've finally returned from Zim and Zambia to come crashing back to reality in the States after a fantastic wedding/holiday back home. Lady May was spectacular and we had a phenomenal time (although too short!).


Thanks for all your help in everything and I look forward to hopefully chatting to you about another charter in the next year or two, fingers crossed!


Otherwise, all the best for 2016, and here's hoping that things settle down and improve a bit for a change back home!


Many thanks, again


Best regards,




August 2015


Dear Mo,

Thank you for your email.

We had a very good time in Kariba. The children enjoyed fishing and playing in the jacuzzi. George is a very good chef, the food was delicious although in most cases was too much.

All the crew members were very helpful, courteous and professional. 

The only suggestion I have is maybe to add a limited dstv bouquet which would be useful for downtime especially for the kids. Other than that, the Lady May is well equipped, clean and very comfortable.

We shall definitely recommend Lady May to friends and will visit again soon.

Thank you for all your help in  organising a wonderful holiday for us. My husband and I really enjoyed  the time away from our busy schedules at work!


April 2015

Dear Mo, 

What a fantastic experience - everyone loved the boat and the crew, and we will be more than happy to recommend both Kariba Houseboats and the Lady May in the future.

I specifically have to complement George as the chef - he is brilliant and his food was divine. We asked him for a number of his recipes! 

Kind Regards,

November 2014

Hi Mo,

Thanks for your mail. We had a really fantastic trip and the houseboat was all that we expected! It is a very nice, comfortable boat. The crew are a real asset for the boat owners, they were absolutely excellent…………..the best we’ve experienced. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Thanks for all your professional, efficient and very helpful service.

All the best to you too, kind regards,



January 2014


Hi Maureen

Thanks so much for everything you did, the houseboat was amazing and we had such a fabulous time. We will definitely be going back.

Enjoy your day, kind regards


Houseboat Enquiry Form

Lady May

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