Chawara Harbour offers two large pontoon type houseboats for hire - Drifter and Sheer Magic - which are both personally managed to high standards by owner/managers based in Kariba.
They can be hired out on a self-catering or catered basis with crew in attendance. The boats both can sleep up to 16 people.
DRIFTER has 4 en-suite cabins, three with twin beds and one with a double bed. There is also a separate shower and toilet for those sleeping upstairs (up to 8 people). The galley is fully equipped and there is a lounge area for those wanting to relax downstairs. There is a splash pool and a large top deck area, great for those who enjoy sleeping in the open air. All beds have mosquito nets. A pontoon type tender boat is available. Ideal for fishing and game viewing.
SHEER MAGIC has 4 cabins, 2 are en-suite. All 4 cabins have 2 single beds. There are two separate showers and toilets for those sleeping upstairs. There is sleeping space for another 4 people upstairs as well as extra mattresses. The galley is fully equipped and there is a bar area and splash pool on the top deck. There is a lounge/storage area downstairs. All beds have mosquito nets. Two pontoon tender boats are available, ideal for fishing and game viewing.
Chawara Harbour can supply drinks, ice, biltong, outboard oil, engine oil, fishing bait (select kapenta), diesel & petrol.
Turnbull family, Zimbabwe & Australia
25 January 2017
On arrival we were met by the crew of Drifter who helped us off load from the vehicles onto the tender boat and then we were transferred to the main boat Drifter in the harbour of Marineland.
I was very appreciative of this as we had 3 elderly people all over 70, so were worried how we would get them onto the boat with the levels being quite low and the steep embankment - this way they managed without any hassles at all.
Drifter was very comfortable and accommodated all 10 of us really nicely with ample room upstairs for the younger members. The 4 cabins were amazing with en-suite bathrooms making such a huge difference and giving each one the privacy.
The crew were amazing from the Captain who managed in some really stormy weather, to the Chef for keeping us well fed with amazing meals and snacks through out the day and the helpers taking us fishing and keeping the boat spotlessly clean - we truly felt pampered!! Our family visitors from Australia who said they have been on Ocean Cruise Ships in Australia were looked after better on Drifter. Which was so encouraging to hear coming from Our Kariba - whoop whoop!!
The only downside to our trip which I think is worth mentioning was the exorbitant National Parks Fees for our international members of family. National Parks really need to consider lowering these fees to attract more tourists and to allow us to bring our family members back to Kariba. We paid in National Parks Fees what it cost to hire Drifter for 1 day and 1 night - madness to say the least!! We are using US$ it should be one price for all.
We plan and look forward to our next trip to Kariba on Drifter as it was a truly relaxing and memorable holiday - THANK YOU.
Agent for the Werrett family, Zimbabwe
2 January 2017
They were so pleased with Drifter houseboat and your crew that they would like to re-book for this year!
Agent for client Tryphine, Zimbabwe
27 December 2016
The clients loved the trip on Drifter and enjoyed their stay in Kariba .Thank you for all your assistance and professionalism, greatly appreciated.
Sally Wynn-Pitman, Zimbabwe
21 November 2014
This is an extremely well-managed, owner-run fleet of houseboats. They are pontoon-style boats, so have very spacious and breezy decks. Ideal for groups of family and friends. Don't expect air-conditioning and luxury amenities, but if you are after comfortable, practical accommodation and friendly and efficient staff managed to an excellent standard, then these boats are for you. Book early, because they are extremely popular!