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Currently listing 81 Quality Houseboats for Safari & Fishing Holidays on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe, Africa

Sovereign Houseboat

Sovereign Houseboat 5 STAR RATING

Sovereign is a 90 ft. five star luxury catamaran cruiser that boasts 10 fully air conditioned en suite cabins. Designed and built by Mr Tony Turner, his many years of experience in boat building and attention to detail has resulted in a vessel that never fails to impress.

Facilities include:


  • MAX PAX  20
  • CREW  5 crew (Captain, engineer, chef, bar man, deck hand)
  • CRUISING SPEED  6 - 7 knots
  • CABINS  10 (6 double en suite cabins (shower, toilet and basin) with air conditioning & 4 twin cabins en suite (shower, toilet and basin) with air conditioning  
  • AIR CONDITIONING:  Through Out   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.
  • MOSQUITO NETS  in all cabins
  • EXTRA BEDDING  Limited mattresses for those wishing to sleep on deck
  • ENTERTAINMENT AREA  Stunning bar/salon area with air conditioning and entertainment- TV, DVD, Satellite (full bouquet provided) and Stereo
  • LARGE PANORAMIC windows affording exquisite views of the lake
  • DINING ROOM  Comfortable dining area large enough for conferences
  • VERANDA  Large covered veranda overlooking the pool
  • THIRD DECK  partly covered affording 360 degree views of the lake
  • ICE MACHINE on board
  • POWER SUPPLY  40kva generator to run all appliances
  • PLUG POINTS  both round and square plugs on board and adaptors are provided.
  • BRAAI  Both Gas and Charcoal braai facilities
  • TENDER BOATS  3 boats  (1 x Falcon 85hp, 1 x Sportster 85hp and 1 x Sportster 115hp)   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 at Marineland harbour
  • VEHICLE PARKING:  Guarded parking provided at $5 per vehicle and $3 per trailer per night
  • BOARDING  at 12:00pm and disembarking at 10:00am

Rates include:


  • All fuel and outboard oil (the main vessel, tender boats and generators)
  • Houseboat and tender boat hire
  • Crew
  • All linen, bath towels and mosquito nets 
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Toilet paper, washing liquid and soap




Rates Exclude:

  • All meals, drinks, condiments etc
  • Fishing equipment and bait
  • Ice
  • Swimming towels
  • National Parks lake usage and fishing fees
  • First aid kit
  • Vehicle parking fees



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


Fully inclusive option:


For clients wanting a fully inclusive package, 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: 20
Crew: 5
Cabins: 10
Registration Number: KF 1942
Hull Type: : Pontoon
Length: 90ft (27.43m)
Engine: 2 x 200hp Volvo Penta Engines
Mooring: Marineland Harbour


10 Toilets 10 Showers Air Conditioning Tender Boats: 1 x Falcon 85hp, 1 x Sportster 85hp and 1 x Sportster 115hp Cold Space: Complete galley and ample cold space Swimming Facilities: Splash Pool

Extra Facilities

TV, video, stereo and Satelite facility.Excercise equipment. Conference facility


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

Guest Comments


May 2016

Hie Maureen we enjoyed to the maximum and the crew is very friendly. The food was ok we had delicious meals throughout

Thank you  




August 2015


Dear Mo,

Sovereign, captained so ably by Wilson and his wonderful crew could not have been more attentive to our every need.

Sovereign with all its space  has spoilt us forever as we never want to go on another boat on Kariba! 

It could not have been bettered as an excellent boat for a family reunion.  We each enjoyed having our own space, cabins with air con and a view of the Lake whilst lying in bed was a treat.  Noah, the chef, was amazing coping with 18 people sitting down to each  meal with the minimum of fuss or instruction.  The huge deep freezes were fantastic as everything was always kept frozen.  Not usually an easy feat on Kariba!

Our grandchildren had an absolute ball with their American cousins as there was so much space for them to

play.  All the above points helped make it the most memorable family holiday on Kariba ever.

Thank you so much Mo for all your help.  We will be back on the Sovereign one day!

Best regards






May 2015


Dear Maureen,

Thank you very much for all the effort that you put in to the trip planning for our experience on Sovereign at Kariba.

We all had a great time and everything worked out really well. The food was awesome (a little too big for the guys so we have learnt for next time! :)).

The bar was stocked with everything that we wanted although the guys really didn't do justice to the beers I ordered and so there were some returns. 


The game drive on the 16th was great fun with the Spurwing Representative, Mitch.  I think we left a lasting impression. 

The boat had been renovated since the time that one of our team had been on and we were all impressed with the state of the boat and the crew. 

We are definitely hooked on the lovely houseboat even though we didn't hook many fish. We will be making plans in the future to do a group family holiday when the youngsters are a little larger.

Thanks again for your help. We all got home safely to Kitwe and Ndola (Zambia) and Nelspruit (South Africa).




Hi Mo,  

Many thks for your email. Sovereign was great in all respects, including crew. Likewise exec air.

 Thank you heaps for arranging everything so well.

 Best wishes

 Gavin Hancock

(May 2014)

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