Zambezi Cruise & Safaris

Binga, Kariba Town, Lake Kariba, Matusadona

Zambezi Cruise & Safaris  offers a growing collection of privately owned cruiseboats on Lake Kariba, furnished and decorated for a luxury cruise experience.  They also own a portfolio of Safari Lodges in Kariba, Binga and Selous (outside Harare).

They offer packages combining both a luxury cruise and a safari experience.


The company offers set-date or private cruises linking the two ends of Lake Kariba at a distance of some 270 kms out of Kariba or Binga as follows:-

  • Kariba to Binga (2 or 3 nights)
  • Binga to Kariba (2 or 3 nights)

Road or air transfers into and out of Kariba and Binga (and onward) can be arranged.   

Short stop-overs at selected points in the Matusadona National Park can be arranged as part of the cruise for activites such as game walks from selected safari camps, or a cultural visit to the local King's Camp fishing village.

Also on offer are the following cruise options:-

  • Victoria Falls to Sengwe/Rusi Rivers (2-3 nights)
  • Wildlife & Fishing Cruises in the Matusadona National Park
  • Design your own cruise safari

Zambezi Cruise Safaris can connect its clients to partner land-based safari operations on the lakeshore of the Matusadona National Park, as well as some of the finest safari lodges/ camps and mobile operators in Mana Pools / Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. 

Besides the set travel dates and cruise itineraries, Zambezi Cruise Safaris also offer ‘Full Charter’ options for private groups, conferences, weddings and functions.

Together with unbeatable scenic views , abundant bird & wildlife and those famous Kariba sunsets, you are guarenteed a truly magnificent Zimbabwean experience.

A typical day on board starts with an early morning continental breakfast, followed by game-viewing from tender boats , allowing you to explore the expansive waters of Lake Kariba. You can also try your luck fishing for Kariba Bream or the famous, fighting Tigerfish.  

Back at the boat, a delicious brunch is served on deck as we sail off for our next destination. On arrival you can explore the nearby creeks and inlets with hippo and crocodile populations or just relax with a cool drink and enjoy the legendary Lake Kariba surrounds drifting by.

Leisurely sundowners are followed by a delicious dinner on board in romantic surroundings with the lake waters gently lapping the boat below and the stars brilliant in the vast tropical night sky above.

These cruises are in a class of their own , like nothing offered on Kariba before. It's an all-round luxury experience, with beautifully-appointed en-suite cabins , top rated cuisine, experienced and friendly crew and exquisite natural surrounds

The fleet includes:

Umbohza (28 Pax): Offers  5 family cabins (twin/double with 2 bunks); 2 twin/double cabins; 2 master suites.   All rooms are airconditioned, en-suite and have a lake view. There is a large central bar/dining/lounge area, a large pool deck area and an upper viewing deck.

Shikra (30 Pax) Offers 10 twin/double cabins with an optional fold-away bunk.  All rooms are airconditioned, en-suite and have lake views. There is a 14.5 x 8m air-conditioned lounge and dining area with 360 degree views of the lake. A large 4.5m x 2.4m pool, fully shaded, surrounded by a large deck area, plus a further 2 deck areas at the rear of the boat.

Karabezi (14 Pax) Offers 2 twin/double en-suite cabins; 1 twin/double with bathroom opposite; 4 en-suite double cabins; 2 double bunk childrens' en-suite cabins branching off a main double en-suite cabin.  All rooms are air-conditioned and have lake views. There is a large 9m x 7m fully air-conditioned lounge/dining area, a front and back deck and sitting area.

Each vessel is accompanied by tender boats and an experienced crew to take you on your daily activities.

Bookings can be done as a Group or as an Individual Traveller. Cabins can be twin/double and there are family rooms as an option.

Sovereign: Pontoon cruiser (10 Cabins)  – August 2018
Nhingi: Motor yacht (4 Cabins)   – September 2018
Catalina: Motor yacht (5-6 Cabins)   – August 2018
Zambezi Adventurer: Pontoon “transcruiser” incorporating 8 Cabins and space to carry 4x4 overland vehicles on board for a 2 x night cruise from one end of Lake Kariba to the other .  Due for launch April 2019


SAFARI LODGES:  Zambezi Cruise Safaris also owns a group of safari lodges on Lake Kariba and in other areas of Zimbabwe.  For more details about these, see their separate listings page:  Zambezi Cruise & Safaris Lodges 


Related articles and Blogs:-

New Lake Kariba cruising options from Zambezi Cruise Safaris  (May 2018)

On tour in Zimbabwe with Zambezi Cruise Safaris  (Nov 2017)

Plans for 2018:  Scheduled cruises & Kariba lodges  (Nov 2017)

Cruising Lake Kariba out of Victoria Falls (Oct 2016)

Reviews 4

Prince Seth 23 July 2016
Excellent service, hospitable, cheerful crew members, beautiful experience, l loved it. You wanna experience the other beautiful side of life ??? jump onto this cruise experience. l did and wow felt like l went to the moon.
Ian Drummond Hay 16 July 2016
We have been on two cruise safaris in 2014 and 2015 but several weddings prevented our 2016 cruise otherwise we would have gone this year. The food and hospitality is first class and the crew are experienced, knowledgable and nothing is too much trouble. The fishing excursions and game viewing complete with snacks and great wines, beers and G&T's. We spent nights on an island in tree house tents with game drives and walking excursions with experienced guides. Our visits to Zimbabwe have been some of our most memorable. The people we met are friendly, happy and nothing is too much trouble. Bring on 2017 and we will be there boots and all. Karen & Ian
Sally Wynn-Pitman, Zimbabwe 21 November 2014
The Umbohza and Karabezi houseboats offer a degree of luxury and comfort that is unusual on Lake Kariba. The prices are higher than most houseboats, but this is like a floating hotel experience, with air-conditioning, en-suite bedrooms, and all the trimmings. Very comfortable, and a great way to view the lake and its wildlife.
Simon Hayes, UK 30 October 2014
The houseboat (Umbozha) was a big highlight of our trip. (Simon was part of a delegation of UK agents & media visiting Zimbabwe in October 2014)
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