Baobab Bookings – a Zimbabwean based agency offering a selection of accommodation, houseboats, transfers and activities throughout Zimbabwe, but specialising in and around Kariba Town, Lake Kariba, Binga, Mlibizi and other areas, including Victoria Falls, Hwange, Matopos, Mana Pools, Eastern Highlands area, Gonarezhou, Chimanimani.
We also offer a selection of activities in the Vic Falls and Livingstone areas and destinations in the Chobe area.
The core business of the company is the self-catering lodges at Charara - on the shores of Lake Kariba, east of Kariba town - Wild Heritage, Nzou and Cerruti Lodges. On offer are 3 or 4 bedroom lodges, fully-equipped for self-catering, each with its own cook/houseman; most have private swimming pools, and air-conditioning. Gorgeous lake views; close encounters with wild life (elephant, zebra, hippo, jackal, buffalo, resident leopard in the area; waterbuck; etc.). Tender boats are available to hire for fishing, game viewing and recreational purposes. Fishing rod hire is also available.
Baobab Bookings also specialise in the hire of houseboats in Binga (at the western end of the lake) and in Kariba town (at the eastern end, near the dam wall). These include luxury and middle-of-the-range boats accommodating from 4 people up to 50 people. A huge variety of houseboats on offer. Road transfers; charter flights or commercial flights to or from the houseboats can be arranged.
Victoria Falls or Livingstone accommodation at either 3-5 star hotels, lodge accommodation or self-catering venues are offered, including the various activities, airport transfers, etc.
Kariba Ferry bookings can be made, with all arrangements, including accommodation the night before, transfer to or from the Ferry etc. taken care of.
Baobab Bookings are also agents for Fin's Fishing Safaris, who offer fully guided, fully catered, and personalized fishing safaris anywhere in Zimbabwe, but are specialists on Lake Kariba.
Suitable for both novice and seasoned anglers, Fin's Fishing Safaris are tailor-made to suit the client. All accommodation, boats, drivers, experienced fishing guides, tackle, bait, catering and transfers can be arranged.
Sally Mackay, South Africa
21 April 2017
Lorraine arranged the most fabulous trip to Zimbabwe over Easter for our family of 8. (Ages ranging from 11 to 82 years old !) We flew directly to Victoria Falls and stayed at the superb Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The views and setting are truly magnificent with frequent visits to the waterhole by elephants and other game. The staff, food and rooms at the lodge are really first class. The Falls itself was at its highest level this century, so whilst the viewing was very wet, it is a real bucket list experience. We also did a flight of angels helicopter trip which was one of the most amazing things we have ever done!
From Victoria Falls we drove to Hwange where we stayed at Khulu Lodge (Part of the Amalinda Ivory Collection) The setting, staff and exclusivity of the lodge makes it one in a million. We had game drives in the concession as well as into Hwange where we got to see the Presidential elephant herd up close and personal! Our ranger was exceptionally entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable about the bush. The attention to detail and the flexibility inside the camp is admirable and all our needs were catered for (including a gluten intolerant diet!!) We had super game viewing from the comfort of the lodges and the main lodge. I can highly recommend Khulu to everyone looking for a special, upmarket bush experience.
Thank you again to Baobab bookings for arranging such a special trip!
Thank you Sally for your review and your continued support – it is always such a pleasure assisting you with your trips. I am thrilled to hear that you had such an enjoyable time and that you enjoyed the Victoria Falls Safari lodge and Khulu lodge experiences so much. I look forward to assisting you with your next trip to Zimbabwe.
Loraine Finaughty, MD
Tawanda C, Zimbabwe
20 April 2017
We had a great Easter weekend 2017; James and Regius were very friendly and helpful. I loved the fishing in particular and might just get my own rods (everyone caught a fish!). The lodges are very family friendly and a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere all round.
The cutlery, pots and pans is so 1980s and 1990s ... I loved it and it was so reminiscent of my mothers kitchen (the mugs, teapots ... priceless!).
We will be back sooner rather than later for sure!
Hi Tawanda – thank you for taking the time to post this review – I am really pleased to hear that you had such a good weekend
And that the fishing was so good – we look forward to having you back again in the near future. Loraine Finaughty MD
23 January 2017
We had a wonderful time. Everything was incredible, the lodge, the view, Freddy, Rainmore, Loraine. Everyone we met on our daily walk was friendly, welcoming and happy to share their knowledge about the nature. The lodge at Wild Heritage is very well kept and the view has a piece of magic. Thank you very much and a special thanks to Loraine for organizing and responding to our request very fast.
Paulette Jarvis, Zimbabwe
11 January 2017
Thanks so much Lorraine for all your help with booking us into Heritage Lodges. We had such a wonderful New Year and perfect location to be with the youngsters!!
Felix Mawadza , Zimbabwe
29 December 2016
Had a wonderful xmas at Cerruti lodges. Accommodation was excellent, service was excellent and big thank you to the housekeeper and chef Jeremiah for his service.
5 December 2016
Thanks Lorraine we had a good time at Nzou Lodge No 20. Everything was in order and the view is so beautiful. We got to see an elephant at the lodge which was friendly and the pool was so clean. I will definitely come back to Nzou lodges. Thank you once again Lorraine
Stuart Sylvester, Zimbabwe
11 November 2016
If you're looking for a reasonably priced getaway at Kariba "Plovers' Pad" is a real gem. One of the nicest houses on the Wild Heritage Peninsula it is fully air conditioned which is a massive bonus and the cook Kennedy is awesome. G and T's in the pool in the evening watching the game, unbeatable Thanks Loraine and Ray. Looking forward to KITFT 2017
Sean Wilyman, South Africa
4 October 2016
Had a wonderful time! Everything was very clean and well kept. The staff was amazing! Nothing bad to say! Would love to see the town of Kariba become a great tourist destination!
Mandy Dreyer, Zimbabawe
28 September 2016
Thanx to Loraine for organising all of our booking - all done very efficiently and professionally! We were booked into Nzou lodges for one night and then on to "Karibeer" houseboat. Both were wonderful. The staff on the houseboat were very friendly and always ready and willing to assist. The preparation and presentation of the food was wonderful and at every meal was commented on by all the guests on the boat. Would do this again in a heartbeat!
Russell Wayn Makuwaza, Zimbabwe
26 September 2016
We were booked at Nzou 22 during the month of September and the trip was so amazing. We enjoyed ourselves. The lodges are situated in the middle of the game area which is very convenient for those who love animals. We had the opportunity to get a visit from elephants and you could watch them within a few meters. The game drives and boat cruises were so amazing. Thank you very much Baobab Bookings for arranging such a memorable outing. Special thanks to Lorraine who assisted in every way. And also special mention to John our chef and helper. He did a splendid job. People should definitely visit the place.
Isabella Landgraf, Österreich
20 September 2016
I booked the river cruise at Victoria Falls with dinner on Zambesi river. Loraine was very helpful and I got my answers even at the weekend very quickly. The atmosphere on board was very pleasant with nice decorated tables. The dinner was superb and the staff very friendly and attentive. Lovely "extra": I could watch an elephant crossing the river in the sunset. All in all a very enjoyable evening and a perfect conclusion of a great time in Africa
Judi Ward, Zimbabwe
12 September 2016
Over the last two years we have asked Loraine to organize trips around Zimbabwe for groups of Australian family and friends . This included booking Flights, Houseboats, Lodges and organizing multiple transfers. On many occasions the bookings were complicated and we had to requests last minute changes , however she always responded very promptly and in a friendly manner. She also managed to get the best prices on every occasion.
I highly recommend her services to anyone wanting a booking, be it for a flight or accommodation. She is also a mine of information if you need recommendations on activities at each destination.
Ailsa Walley, South Africa
30 August 2016
We have just got back from a three week overland trip from Gonarezhou, to Kariba, to Mana Pools and finally to Hwange via Vic Falls and Loraine assisted us with our Houseboat booking. She was also instrumental in advising us on routes to drive, tolls and police blocks. We had everything that was specified, and telephone numbers for emergencies. We found the Zimbabwe Police to be polite, courteous and efficient. Most times, we were waived on and not stopped, but if we were, we provided whatever was asked and were waived on with a smile. We did not get any fines and were very pleasantly surprised with our experience. We would encourage anyone to drive the country roads without fear of police harrassment. Our houseboat booking was a treat, the boat was in great condition, the crew and Sonya went out of their way to make our trip special. Debbie had our drinks delivered and we had a wonderful time. We had wonderful experiences at all the National Parks we visited and cant wait to get back to explore more of a wonderful country. Loraine will be the first one we contact for our future visits. Thank you so much Loraine, you were a star!!
Marina Higham, UK
29 August 2016
Lorraine is amazing at taking care of all your requirements the very best person to arrange all your travel and accommodation in Zimbabwe always available to answer questions and put your mind at rest, Baobab go above and beyond to take care of their customers could not have chosen a better company.
THANK YOU LORRAINE FOR A FANTASTIC HOLIDAY.
Nigel Bailey, Zimbabwe
21 August 2016
It has always been a pleasure booking through Baobab, it is always efficient accurate and pleasant.
The lodges offered are always clean and above expectation, for the price paid.
Thank you Lorraine, we will always use your professional services for our family and friends when booking.
16 August 2016
We spent the Heroes' Weekend in Wild Heritage Lodge and had a wonderful time! Loraine was very helpful in setting up the booking. The lodge was very comfortable and the kitchen in particular was beautiful. We enjoyed watching the wildlife, swimming in the pool, and eating the delicious food that Crispin had prepared for us. The boat ride was also very enjoyable and our guide was very knowledgeable about the lake and the wildlife we saw.
Shaline , Zimbabwe
14 August 2016
To start with, thank you Lorraine for being such a professional, friendly, efficient and patient person. Lorraine made the booking fun and not stressful for us, even with a lot of confusions we had on the number of people going on the trip and which house to take and all.
My family and I had a wonderful weekend at Nzou. We had the chance to see elephants grazing right down our yard and hippos right in our yard at night. Twas an amazing moment. Also had the chance to hear stories about Mabhini, the elephant we all fell in love with. Loved every second we were there.
And last but not least, Anna our maid and cleaner is an amazing, very helpful, efficient and cheerful lady. She is an asset.
Thanks Loraine. We shall be back.
12 July 2016
Thanks so much Lorraine for organising our trip to Victoria falls. We had a great time at Lokuthula lodges there were 6 of us and we all did the marathon which was a great experience. Thanks again.
Carien Vrij, Netherlands
16 May 2016
Loraine is an extremely fast and as said before very professional in answering questions. We had a great time at one of the Nzou lodges. A absolutely perfect place to stay. For sure I will book again! Thanks a lot!
Courteney MacKenzie, Zim/New Zealand
25 April 2016
Thanks Loraine for organizing this wonderful houseboat. You responded quickly and efficiently answering all queries and we were all impressed by your professionalism. Orbert and Nicky were outstanding servicemen on Titambirei. Sadly we only had a few nights on board at one of the most relaxing places on earth. Although a little rustic looking on the outside it had all the necessities one needed and the crew made sure we were well looked after. The boat was more than spacious enough to deal with the four of us and even if we had six it would have been enough space. Nicky cooked superbly everything we asked of him and even learnt a couple new recipes which he was more than happy and willing to learn. Orbert was very accommodating and easy to work with. He kept the boats clean and helped us find the fishing spots. As usual we had timeless sunsets and sunrises to see every day. Kariba is a part of my Zimbabwean makeup so will definitely be back again. Never easy leaving, Thanks once again.
Graham & Ang Ross, Zimbabwe
17 April 2016
Our experience with Baobab Bookings was second to none. Every step of our booking was dealt with a very personal touch and high level of efficiency. As for our experience on The Osprey houseboat, words fail us when it comes to the special people we encountered in the crew. The boat is spacious and comfortable and the open plan allows for a wide variety of spectacular views whilst travelling from spot to spot. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our experience super special.
Annie Parsons, South Africa
14 April 2016
8 of us had a wonderful few days on 'What A Pleasure' houseboat. The unbelievable crew of Goodson, Jimmy and Moses made it plain sailing with no shortage of delicious food and cold refreshments! A big thank you to Loraine for her amazing organisational skills - transfers, one night at Nzou Lodge and the houseboat - all worked like clockwork!
Alan Cameron, United Kingdom
6 April 2016
Spent a great week in Zimbabwe, including two days at Vic Falls, where I stayed at the Safari Lodge. Very nice hotel, with modern amenities and attentive services, I would highly recommend the club room option too. A big thanks to Loraine for all the support she provided in getting everything booked.
Doug Sanyahumbi, USA
6 April 2016
Am amazing time on Kariba with a very able P-Ten Crew.
All thanks to the great attention paid to every detail by Loraine who made all the arrangements and ensured that we were all ready for a great time with family and friends.
My only suggestion for P-Ten cabins, the bar area and the deck area...ceiling fans or similar.
We will certainly be back to Zim and Kariba and will look Loraine and the Baobab team up.
Bindi Paunganwa, Zimbabwe
4 April 2016
We have just returned from four wonderful days on the houseboat P-10. There was a crowd of 16 of us - Americans, Malawians, British and Zimbabweans and I couldn't help feeling extremely proud to be Zimbabwean. The crew were friendly and so knowledgeable and willing. The chef prepared the most amazing meals with ease. Thank you for an awesome holiday. Lorraine you are a mine of information and we went so prepared, right down to the small details, thank you.
Penny Ferreira, Zimbabwe
31 March 2016
We recently spent 5 days at Nzou Lodges in Kariba. Thank you so much for a wonderful, quiet, relaxing few days with excellent staff. Fantastic quality family time spent together - Thanks to Loraine and her team for the great organisation and assistance. Highly recommended!
31 March 2016
We spent a very relaxing and enjoyable 4 days over the Easter weekend at Plovers Pad. Everything was great, from the efficiency of booking through Hilary and Loraine, arriving there with the staff to help carry and offload luggage, clean and comfy aircon and netted rooms, Kennedy the amazing cook, glistening blue pool, lush green grass, zebras grazing nearby and the list goes on. Sad to see the lake so low and the fishing was not great, but then again, quite tricky to fish with little kids on the boat when you spend your time unhooking/de-tangling. Thank you again and we will definitely be back.
Neill Darby, Zim
31 March 2016
Awesome Eater weekend spend at Hornbills Haunt in Kariba. The staff (Stephan and Tumai) were excellent and well organized. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend it.
Donna Porter, Zimbabwe
24 February 2016
We spent half term weekend with friends at Plovers Pad in Kariba. It was a fantastic weekend. Kennedy made the most delicious omelettes and divine roast chicken, just to mention a couple of dishes on the menu. Our children spent every hot moment in the pool that was very well maintained, apart from having abit too much chlorine dosed in the morning.
The air conditioned rooms were a pleasant welcome at the end of a hot day. The mosquito nets ensured a restful nights sleep without annoying mozzies, or any other bugs.
On our last morning as temperatures cooled, we had the privilege of having breakfast with some zebra grazing nearby - awesome!
Thank you and we'll done to all who made this break feel like a home away from home. We hope to be visiting Kariba again soon and look forward to yet another amazing stay!
Paul Roos, South Africa
1 January 2016
I've just returned from a wonderful holiday in Zimbabwe with my son and two friends. We all had an amazing time, for such I must give huge credit to Loraine from Baobab travel and the people from Zimbabwe.
Zephenia Gomora, Zimbabwe
30 December 2015
We had a great stay at the neat and well thatched Nzou lodge 14 from 21st to 24th December 2015. We enjoyed our stay. The accommodation is awesome, well kept and neat. Had also the chance to see the popular Mabhini (elephant) passing by our lodges. We enjoyed swimming. We left the place with kids crying for more. Its a place to be. We had achance to do boat cruising in the speed boats as well as game viewing. Me and the boys enjoyed fishing in the great lake. What a wonderful time! Thank you Wild Heritage management.
Sham Chitima, Zimbabwe
28 December 2015
We went as a small group, but we had an awesome time!!! Totally loved the lodge and loved our stay there!!! Everything was awesome and will def be going back there in the future. And will also be recommending others to go!!
Charity , United Kingdom
22 December 2015
We were a family of 10 and the lodge was fantastic with adequate equipment. Staff were friendly and very helpful. We all enjoyed the stay and the swimming pool was fun. Kids enjoyed it and spend most of the day in the pool.. We had loads of visits from the monkeys which was just priceless to see them that close. Thank you Lorraine for helping me with my booking. Would do this again
Ty Stenson, Zimbabwe
21 December 2015
We had a fantastic time at Wild Heritage. The lodge was clean and comfortable. Lovely, clear swimming pool and Freddie gave us first class service. What a great cook he is. We had a huge bull elly come right up to the lodge for a visit and also zebra grazing in our front garden It was a wonderful experience for my family who are visiting from Vancouver, Canada. We will definitely be back. Thank you all.
20 December 2015
My family of six were in Kariba early in December 2015. We stayed at the wild heritage lodges at Nzou #14 . We had a wonderful 5 days there. Despite the high temperatures we were comfortable with the kids spending most of their time in the little pool, and in the air conditioned bedrooms. Anna ( the cook and cleaner) was charming helpful and efficient. We enjoyed our encounter with Big Boy ( mabhini) the elephant.
The lodge is neat comfortable and we were well catered for.
We would recommend the lodges to anyone interested in holidaying there.
22 September 2015
Had an awesome time with 3 other friends. Got to see elephants grazing in front of an orange background set by the sunset's aura. Wouldn't trade that moment for anything. Chef was excellent and we enjoyed every minute of it..Thank you for being well organised
9 September 2015
Thirteen of us, 5 adults and 8 children...a hastily arranged retreat from Harare to Vic Falls via Kariba, Mlibizi and Hwange...it was bound to be a disaster somehow..were it not for Loraine's expert advise and guidance. With changes coming up daily...confusion reigning supreme .Loraine remained patient..and professional as ever in handling our rather complex accommodation requirements and itenerary from start to end
This culminated into an exceptional retreat, of course the family will misplace their credit...they will heap all the praises on me...not knowing that behind the scenes...Loraine was literally hand holding me
Our trip was balanced in every aspect...from Nzou #20..to Hwange Safari Lodge...and then Lokuthula...it was a well thought out if not customised solution for our party.
1 September 2015
Well organized bookings for our daughter's wedding in Victoria Falls. Stayed at Lokathula which is always excellent and one night at Bayete a very good b&b in the falls. Thank you Loraine.
Andrey Obolensky, Germany
27 August 2015
We chose to go for a most complex itinerary for a full Zimbabwe Zambesi River exploration.
Start was Vic Falls with a marvellous sunset dinner cruise above the water falls (WF).
Visit of the WF. 5 o´clock high tea at the Vic Falls Hotel.
Wild water rafting daytrip and Boma dinner.
Flight to Kariba and 5 days on the lake fishing and partying on a (at least 4 star) houseboat.
5 days safari canoeing (sleeping under the stars) to Mana Pools.
Flight to Harare, visit to Domboshawa and huge dinner at Victoria 22.
14 days for 2000 USD (all in!).
A miracle and worked perfectly!
A most professional team!
Thanks, I will never forget!
Justin Hobday, South Africa
22 August 2015
We recently made a trip to Mana Pools and had a few extra days in the itinerary and decided to spend some time at Kariba. We made our bookings via Baobab Bookings and Hilary. They booked us in at Nzou Lodge and a 6 sleeper houseboat on Kariba for 2 nights. The lodge was a fantastic stopover and allowed us to replenish our supplies before heading into Mana. The lodge included a pool, was serviced and turnout to be an excellent decision to stay over. The whole experience and service received from Hilary was superb. They followed up with us on a regular basis and really went out of their way to assist us. Thanks to the Baobab team whose service I would highly recommend.
Gary Fraser, Macau SAR, China
19 August 2015
Baobab looked after our hotel bookings and activities for the first part of our fantastic trip to Zimbabwe. There were of course so many things we wanted to squeeze in to the trip and Loraine made sure it was done efficiently and with fantastic locations, the wonderful Vic Falls Safari Lodge and professional companies. Thanks Loraine!
19 August 2015
Thank you Lorraine for organizing the House boat trip on Tantalika. We had 5 nights from 7 th August 2015. We were well looked after by the Captain and crew on board the boat. We had excellent meals prepared by Mike. Fishing was hard due to the cold nights, but we eventually caught some good bream . Caught too many squeaker's. Saw 200 buffalo drinking at Fothergill Island followed by lions and Hyena roaring during the night. Will be back for another visit . Thank you Lorraine.
Sarah Sullivan, UK
7 August 2015
We had a great trip on the houseboat What a Pleasure. The crew were very competent and helpful and we caught a lot of fish too!
Roy Ludick, Zimbabwe
17 July 2015
We had an exceptional trip. Loraine from the beginning was as professional and efficient as we could wish for! The staff on the boat (the Lady May) were outstanding. The food was exceptional and the boat was incredibly comfortable. I will definitely be using Loraine again for future bookings for my clients. It is a pleasure to guide knowing all logistics are taken care of so professionally. Thank you again!
Russ, Laurian, Kirst, Jaryd and kids, Zambia
15 July 2015
We all had the most wonderful time at Wild Heritage (Out of Africa). The place was great and William our cook was the best. Saw lots of wild life and even had a visit at our window by one of the good old regular elephants. Will definitely be back!!!
Francois van Wyk, South Africa
1 June 2015
I was very ably assisted in securing overnight accomodation at Mlibizi and Antelope Park at Gweru on our recent overland trip through Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia, and I can highly recommend their services.
Irene , Zimbabwe
7 May 2015
We had a wonderful 5 night stay at Nzou Lodge 20 in April school holidays. The staff were so helpful and cooked us delicious meals. We enjoyed the visits from the Elephants every day and the fishing was fantastic. The kids enjoyed the pool which was very refreshing after a morning fishing. This is our second trip to that lodge and I definitely think we will be back again. Thanks to Hilary for organizing our booking for us. Always a pleasure to work with. If you want a fantastic holiday phone Baobab Bookings - they can make it happen!!!
Andrew Davison, ZW
18 April 2015
We are all still talking about our Kariba holiday to all our friends and what we did, where we stayed and the help you all gave us.
The boat hire and staff were second to none, the fishing, fantastic all round. The staff from OH to the boats, spot on !
In the words of someone on the big screen, we shall be back
Cherrie Hapelt, Zimbabwe
18 April 2015
Nine of us, all family members spent a week at Hornbill's Haunt (Wild Heritage)
from the 20th to the 28th March, 2015. We so enjoyed our visit, we will be back next
year. Your staff are so ever helpful, we were very well looked after, thanks to you all
for such wonderful service
Sally MacKay, South Africa
11 April 2015
We were fortunate to have 5 wonderful days on the gorgeous Philadelphia houseboat over Easter 2015. The boat is a wonderful design with lovely rooms and very comfortable beds, the entertainment area on top consists of a dip pool, bar area, dining area and general seating area. The crew on board were exceptionally helpful and professional. Special mention to Pilot the cook who produced the most fantastic food for the entire trip!
Thanks to Loraine and her team for the great organisation and assistance.