Enjoy the ultimate in barefoot luxury on a family holiday on board your private safari cruiser on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. The Matusadona is the only luxurymotor cruiser of her kind on Lake Kariba; the options to combine a traditional African Safari with a private cruise are endless. With spacious air conditioned cabin accommodation for up to six passengers, situated right on the waterline, you’ll feel at  one  with  nature.  With the gentle lapping of waves, frequent grunts of hippos, the distant lion’s roar and the eerie cry of the Fish Eagle, you are in the real bush whilst cocooned in the lap of luxury. The Matusadona offers the ideal getaway for a family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or simply a timeless break from the rigours of ‘real life’.

Once boarded, you will be invited to plan your route with the manager. Mooring has to be carefully planned daily for reasons of safety and to provide you with tranquil and beautiful overnight mooring spots at the same time. The Captain sets off for a new destination daily after brunch, allowing guests to travel the Lake and relax during the heat of the day. Once moored (usually between 14h00 and 15h30), guests can enjoy an afternoon activity: fishing, game viewing or a sunset cruise. The average 3½ engine hours per day will allow the vessel to cover large distances daily, so steering away from the majority of other vessels on the Lake to find that special peace and tranquility of Lake Kariba.

Our Rating:  5 Hand Rating

Location: Easily accessed from Marineland harbour near the town of Kariba or from Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. Marineland harbour is a 25 minute drive from Kariba International Airport and 15 minute drive from the Zimbabwean borderpost at the Kariba Dam Wall

Number of Guests: There are 3 en-suite guest cabins with queen size beds, accommodating up to 6 passengers.

Boat Features: Cabin deck, Saloon deck and Palm Deck, 2 lounge areas, dining area, bar and jacuzzi

Power Source: 2 generators

Other Boat Features:  The boat can be chartered by private groups for trips from 3 nights up to 6 nights, or more on request. Charter include lake access and National Park entry fees, all catering (includes beverages), all fuel, 4 crew members, daily laundry service and complimentary road transfers from Kariba International Airport for the Zimbabwe Border Post.

Activities: Game viewing by boat or on land, angling (bream, tiger), sunset cruises, saloon deck offers a small library and games cupboard, TV with DVD player and sound system

Child Policy: Children 8 years or older are welcomed

Season: 15th January to 15th December