Umbozha Houseboats

Lake Kariba is the largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume and is located on the Zambezi River, about halfway between the river’s source and mouth, around 1300kms upstream from the Indian Ocean. Umbozha Houseboats have two houseboats on Kariba, The Liberty Bell and Karabezi which was recently renovated to match current international standards.

About Umbozha Houseboats

The lake Kariba has a magical air about it and there is no better way to enjoy it’s wild majesty than on her waters in a houseboats where you can view the variety of wildlife that inhabit the lake shore. Teaming with fish, hippo’s and crocodiles, the lake is also home to a wide variety of birdlife ranging from the magnificent African Fish Eagle to the Little Kingfisher.

The Karabezi
One of the largest pontoons on Kariba.  Facilities include 5 rooms en suite, sleeping up to twenty people comfortably, two family / executive suites, a large bar area and TV lounge and a Jacuzzi.  There are two tender boats and four crew members. There is additional sleeping space on the first deck for a further 8 people enabling combined space for 22.

The Liberty Bell
A smart steel Catamaran that is beautifully furnished and practically fitted out.  This vessel can sleep eight guests in two front cabins with double beds and two rear cabins with single beds.  There is a sun deck, Jacuzzi and air conditioned main area. There are two forward cabins each with double bed and en suite shower, toilet and hand wash basin. Two rear cabins each have two single beds and en suite shower, toilet and hand wash basin.

Take it Away
The newest addition to the Umbozha houseboats fleet.  She is a large, pontoon-style boat, sleeping eight guests in four double cabins, with space to sleep four more people on the expansive upper deck.  She will shortly be undergoing refurbishment to match the same standards as the other boats in the fleet.

These housboats are owned by Chengeta Safari Lodge an exclusive 16- roomed safari hideaway situated on a 7800-acre wildlife sanctuary near the town of Selous some 80 kms south-west of Harare.  Situated at the foot of a granite kopje, admist indigenous trees and a tropical landscaped garden, this makes an excellent stop-over for self-drive visitors from South Africa who do not wish to stop in Harare.   

Similarly, Pamuzinda Safari Lodge, run by the same company, boasts 12 individual lodges that look out onto lush riverine woodland overlooking the Serui River some 8 kms from Selous on the Ngezi Mine Road.