Kariba Ferries

Kariba Town, Lake Kariba, Mlibizi & Msuna

The Kariba Ferry service operates along the whole of Lake Kariba from Kariba town to Mlibizi and back.  The ferry Sea Lion carries up to 70 passengers and 15 vehicles on a full-day and overnight journey lasting 22 hours.

Facilities on board include: chair-beds inside, mattresses for on deck and all bedding (sleeping is communal); toilets and hot showers; three full meals; teas & coffees; a licensed cash bar. 

There is a height restriction of 1.95metres for 12 vehicles, and three parking spaces in an open-deck area with no height restriction (ideal for high clearance 4x4s with roofracks or roof-top tents).  

Departures are at 9.30a.m.uplake from Andora Harbour, Kariba and downlake from Mlibizi the following day.  Passengers are advised to be at the departure /loading point not less than 1 hour prior to sailing.

The ferry operates on a charter basis throughout the year, and on a regular weekly schedule when demand is high (e.g. during peak holiday times). Prior booking is essential.

Check the Ferry Schedule for sailing dates for the year ahead at this link:  Kariba Ferries Schedule

Reviews 1

Ros Pitman, Zimbabwe 15 April 2017
This is an absolutely GREAT way to cross Lake Kariba - linking Vic Falls and Hwange with Kariba and Mana Pools. We've done it both ways now - the long, hard, bumpy trek by road (potholes and all) and the sit-back-and-relax-with-gin-&-tonic-in-hand way on the Kariba Ferry. I know what my choice will be next time! Make no mistake, this is NOT a luxury cruise. The ferry facilities are basic, but the point is this gets you from A to B with no stress and without wrecking your car in the process! The scenery during the day is awesome. The ferry stops to allow a swim in the Lake (only for the brave!). The food was good and plentiful. Sleeping arrangements are a little rudimentary, but, hey, who cares? It's an overnight adventure! If you're on a self-drive-camping holiday, you'll love the relaxing break that the Kariba Ferry offers!
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Telephone + 263 4 614162-7
Mobile +263 772 236330
Fax + 263 4 614161
Price Mid-range
Full Catering


Need a large venue on Lake Kariba for a bachelor party, hen party or just a break from the city with a bunch of friends? The Kariba Ferry "Sea Lion" is available for hire at competitive rates! Come on.... think out of the box! Expires: 31 December 2017

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