Our Top 5 Houseboats on the mighty Zambezi River
Below is our list of the top houseboats (in no particular order) operating on the Zambezi River.
Abangane Houseboat is located in Binga and can accommodate up to 15 guests. The houseboat contains two twin-hulled rafts and offers some of the best fishing.
Abangane has two engines and two decks. The lower deck consists of the crews’ quarters along with two cabins with four bunks, two bathrooms and of course, a fully equipped kitchen. The upper deck includes two cabins with four bunk beds and 2 bathrooms, however, most passengers sleep on mattresses under the stars (with mosquito nets of course). After all whats better than falling asleep under Africa’s beautiful stars, listening to the waves hit the side of the boat, after a long, eventful day of fishing.
What A Pleasure Houseboat
Located on the mighty Lake Kariba floats What A Pleasure houseboat, offering great fishing and is capable of holding twelve passengers, with three double cabins, two bathrooms, a lounge and dining area and of course, everybody needs to relax in a small ‘chill out area”. Also available for guests are two tender boats (90hp and 40hp). What A Pleasure houseboat offers some of the finest fishing you’ve seen! Other activities are game viewing, bird watching, photography and videography and much more, something staying on land can’t offer!
The Pangolin Voyager
Cruising along the Chobe River, the custom-built houseboat holding up to ten guests is The Pangolin Voyager. Offering many activities such as, Photo Safaris, birding, game viewing, Cultural tours and walking tours. Alongside the houseboat is an eight-seater photo boat whose chair can be fitted with camera mounts, there is also another boat for general game viewing.
Being on What A Pleasure Houseboat, gives a great opportunity to get close to the wildlife that drinks from the shore and to get even closer, to any elephants bathing, hippo or crocodile, that just wouldn’t be the same from land.
River God Adventures
The home away from home – as most describe it, the River God Adventures lies in Chirundu. The Consisting of three boats, The Challenger, The Discovery and The Explorer.
The Challenger is a custom built measuring at thirty-three feet long by thirteen feet wide – the largest of the fleet, consisting of two decks, a lower level for dining and living, and an upper deck containing four sleeping pods, with a kingsize bed, electric fans and more to make your stay comfortable. The upper deck also contains a game viewing area – able to hold eight passengers. The Challenger also has an outdoor hot water shower, offering some of the luxuries of modern living, whilst connecting with nature on another level.
The Discovery – first boat in the fleet and measuring at twenty-three feet in length and nine feet wide. Caters for four guests, the upper deck has two rooftop tents, both with a kingsize bed. On the lower deck, comfortable seating makes the perfect relaxation place.
Explorer, a single level pontoon boat, featuring safety rails, life rings and vests if needed. Being seventeen feet in length and none feet wide it is perfect for 8 guests wishing to go to another island or fish in shallower waters.
It is agreed, that River God Adventures offers an experience that cannot be reached on land.
Return to Eden Houseboat
With six double en-suite cabins (ideal for 12 to 16 people) houseboat, and a splash pool Return to Eden Houseboat is one of the best places to sit back and relax while guests discover the finest game viewing, and the best exclusive fishing spots in Lake Kariba! In order to game view or fish or simply sit back and watch the sunset, there are two tender boats available for guests use.
The upper deck is the place to unwind with a cocktail and snacks prepared hopefully from your catch of the day, all while watching the radiant colours of the sunset as the sun disappears into the water.