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

Umbozha Houseboat

Umbozha Houseboat 5 STAR RATING


Cabins (all ensuite):                             3 x family cabins each with a double bed & 2 bunk beds

                                                               2 x twin + 2 bunks (suits 4 single adults)

                                                               2 x twin bedded cabins

                                                               2 x master suites Queen Sized Beds

                                                               Total in cabins: 28 pax


Other sleeping possibilities:              The Main lounge has 2 full sized Indian daybeds .

                                                              There is a further full sized Indian daybed on the pool deck.

                                                              The back deck has 2x double outdoor daybeds.

                                                              The top deck has 1 double & 1 single outdoor daybeds.

                                                              For those sleeping in the lounge there is a separate toilet &

                                                              Shower. For those sleeping outside there is a separate toilet

                                                              & shower on the 1st deck



Toilets                                                   12


Showers                                                9


Wet & Dry Rates Available                  Contact Mo for details


Cruising Speed:                                   5.5 knots


Generator Size:                                    25 Kva Perkins Diesel

Generator Approx Fuel Usage:          12 Litres/hour


Plug Points:

Deck Pool Size:                                    (Length 3,9m, Width 2,8 m, Depth1,2 m)

Hot Water Geyser:                                1 x Electric 150 litres Pressure Geyser

Stove:                                                    1 x 5 Plate Gas with Oven

Micro Wave Oven:                                1 x 28 litre

Freezers:                                               2 x 840 litre Chest

Fridge:                                                  1 x 420 litre Upright

Bar:                                                       1 x Bottle Cooler 1400 litre

Air Conditioning Units:                       1 x per Bedroom (9 x 12000 BTU)

                                                               Bar Lounge (2x 18000 BTU)

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.

Television:                                           1x 24 inch flat screen Bar Area for only DVD's - client to supply        

Music system:                                      Full modern music system


Crew                                                      4 crew (Captain, Chef and 2 Deckhands)


Tender Boats:                                      Large pool of boats within the group, boats will be allocated according

                                                              numbers and requests.   

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).


Braai:                                                     Gas Braai on board


Swimming Pool:                                   Yes


Child Proof:                                          Yes


Life Jackets:                                         Life Jackets are supplied for Max Pax, there are small childrens jackets on board, but please be advised, if you have small children and worried about the sizes, please bring your own.


Boarding:                                               12pm and disembarking 10am


Mooring                                                  at Marineland harbour


Vehicle Parking:                                    Guarded parking provided at $5 per vehicle and $3 per trailer per                                                                       night

Recommended Routing:

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





Specs and Technical Data

Max Passengers: 28
Crew: 4
Cabins: 9
Registration Number: KF2770
Hull Type: : Pontoon
Length: 102ft (31.09m)
Engine: 270HP Caterpillar
Mooring: Marineland Harbour


12 Toilets 9 Showers Air Conditioning Tender Boats: Large pool of boats within the group so boats will be allocated according to numbers and requests Cold Space: 2 x 840lt Chest Freezer and 1 420lt Upright Fridge Swimming Facilities: Large pool

Extra Facilities

1 x 24" flat screen TV in bar area Full modern music system


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

Guest Comments

November 2016


Hi Mo


I finally have had further feedback from Wayne and just I just wanted to extend a huge Thank You for doing such an amazing job.


The client is still raving about it and you made me look so good! Every single person on the trip had a ball!


They said everything was amazing – the food, the staff, the service, the attitude!


Makes me really happy when a plan comes together!


I will be sure to continue to use you again in the future J


Wishing you a wonderful festive season!!!!!!

July 2016

Hello Mo,

We're now safely back in the UK after a brilliant time and all our friends are completely sold on houseboats and Zim in general. Hopefully they'll be back with lots more people!
Thank you so much for all your efforts in making it such a successful trip. It was a big decision for everyone to come out to Zimbabwe for the first time so I was hugely relieved that it went so well. Umbozha was lovely and all the crew were fantastic. I'm amazed at what Innocence was able to achieve in his tiny galley and all of them did absolutely everything to accommodate the mix of children, fishermen, game viewers, drinkers etc....
Also, a big thank you for the champers which was a treat. Sipping bubbles with the sun setting over the Matusadona was probably way too civilised for my lot!
Anyway, Mark will be popping a review on trip advisor and hopefully we'll be touch in the not too distant future for another holiday.
Until then, best regards. John

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