The Lady Jacqueline House Boat - Africa Travel Package

Holiday Package Details

Priced (1-4) per person: R3350.00 - Fully incl. nightly rate
Valid till end 2015
Zimbabwe Travel Package
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Africa Holiday Package The Lady Jacqueline House Boat

The Lady Jacqueline House Boat
Lake Kariba


The Lady of the Lake,Lady Jacqueline Kariba houseboat, is a beautiful 65ft Cruiser with cabin capacity for 10 people . She is fully equipped and furnished with all the uncomplicated comforts that make a trip aboard her one of simpleluxury. Her spacious interior and ample deck area invite you to sit back and enjoy the very best of the "Kariba Houseboat Experience” in Zimbabwe. Based in Binga she will take you from Binga to the sandy beach of Nyembra Island. You round off your journey in Hwange Nature Reserve in true African style with a game drive to view the big 5. Houseboat rentals on Lake Kariba available for self catered or fully catered charters. For those, who wish to venture off the main houseboat, her tender boat offers the chance to meander through the bays in search of game or that perfect fishing spot. Lady Jacqueline is an ideal boat for the much-needed family getaway. The weather in Zimbabwe between September to October is hot and dry. November to March, hot and wet. The best time to visit is between April -May and August -September when the weather is mild with little rain. We callVictoria Falls,HwangeandLake Karibaour golden triangle in Zimbabwe. The reason for this is that it combines 3 of the greatest experiences one can have in a holiday destination. From the majesty of standing on the brink of one of the seven natural wonders of the world to being in a pristine wildlife area surrounded by theBig 5to standing aboard your ownfloating hotel, a gin and tonic in one hand and a ferocioustiger fishdancing on the end of your line in the other. This is an experience not to be missed.




Adults (1-4) per person:     R3 350.00 Fully incl. nightly rate

Adults (5-10) per person:   R1 349.00 Fully incl. nightly rate

Children:                             50%  Under 12 years of age / Under 5 years of age stay free


Please note: The first 4 pax will be charged the 1-4 pp amount. Each and every client after that to 10 will be charged the 5 -10 pp amount.

For example: the first 4 guests each pay R3350 so R13400 for 4 guests for 1 night, guest 5 pays R1349 for the night so the total for 5 people is R13400 + R1349 = R14749.00 

Children Policy:

Children under 12 pay half price

Children under 5 stay free of charge

Kindly see notes below for full details on includes and excludes.


  • Accommodation
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks)
  • Limited house wines, local beers, soft drinks and water * (Clients will be requested to complete a drinks list)
  • All activities including game viewing by boat, fishing, bird-watching
  • LIMITED FUEL PER DAY: 3 hours cruising time, 8 hours generator time and a caddy tank for the tender boat
  • PLEASE NOTE: the above fuel allocation will be sufficient to cover the 3 night itinerary, as outlined below (i.e. a cruise as far as the Senkwe for a 3 night itinerary)
  • Dedicated tender boat and guides


  • All other drinks*
  • National Lake Fees
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Clients are able to purchase additional/ specialized drinks, based on the current local rates and availability – please ask your consultant for an up to date rate sheet


  • We suggest a min 2 night stay
  • Vessel is sold on an exclusive basis
  • Extra fuel can be supplied (at the current local rate) for those who wish to run the generator longer (i.e. for air-con) or to do more cruising
  • Please note guests are not allowed to remove the balance of the drinks and food after the charter.



Due to the fact that nothing can be guaranteed in Zimbabwe we cannot give specific meal plans as these do change on a daily basis depending what is available in the country. The following is an idea of what is normally prepared:


Muffins and cereals

Clients will then leave for early morning fishing or game viewing

Breakfast, Brunch or lunch

On return a brunch will be served consisting of bacon and eggs, chefs special for the day, savoury mince, toast etc. If the clients would prefer to have a full breakfast first thing in the morning this is no problem.

If clients have early morning breakfast and then want lunch, this is fine. Lunch would normally be something like a pasta, cold meat and salads, fish and chips, steak etc.

Afternoon tea/coffee cake or biscuits

The tender boat will then be prepared again with a cold box and clients can go fishing again and game viewing until sunset.

n return a selection of savoury snacks will be served


Dinner will normally consist of a soup or cold starter, roast, braai or steak (once again depending what is available at the time) roast potatoes and vegetables in season. This is followed by dessert, either; apple tart and cream, malva pudding, caramel tart or fruit salad etc… Tea/Coffee

Kindly note that as the catering goods are transferred with the clients from Vic Falls, no meal will be awaiting them upon arrival at the vessel but can be done within 1 hour of arrival. Should clients wish the meal to be ready on arrival there will be a surcharge for the food goods to be transferred in advance.


Hiring out the House boat on a self catering basis is also possible - rates will be advise on request:



Self Cater (1-10 pax):  R8 028.00           Full vessel, dry boat

Fuel Deposit (3 nts):    USD 800.00

Fuel Depost per ext:    USD 200.00


  • Boat & crew (captain, chef & deckhand) only


  • All items not mentioned I.e. toilet paper, fuel, bait, ice, etc.


  • A fuel deposit is required (as stated above) unless agreed otherwise prior to charter in which case the client shall settle direct after the vessel has been refuelled.
  • The fuel deposit covers 200L of fuel per night and 8 hours of generator time per night. Any usage beyond this allowance will be payable at the current local rate, to be settled direct, immediately after charter.
  • It is highly recommended that clients make provision to settle any additional fuel (over and above the pre-paid deposit) prior to the actual charter. However, if a client wishes to extend his/her fuel requirements while on board, pre-payment is required to the Captain and only credit card payments will be accepted.


  • Max 10 guests per charter – which is the number that the boat was designed to take comfortably.


  • Minimum 4 and maximum 10 guests
  • Twin Volvo Penta turbo inter-cooled main engines with a 17Kva silent run generator.

 On Board Equipment:

  • She is fitted with Garmin GPS navigational equipment as well as depth finders.
  • The galley is equipped with microwave oven, deep freeze and fridge.
  • There are two chest deep freezers and a triple bar fridge on the upper deck.
  • The saloon has two ice makers and a bar fridge.
  • Spacious upper deck with bar area, sunbathing deck and dining area
  • The saloon is fully air conditioned. It has a DVD home theatre, colour TV, video and a CD player. A selection of natural history books, novels, videos, CD’s, DVD’s, board games, cards etc. are available
  • Jacuzzi


  • 2 Double Cabins en suite (shower, toilet and hand basin) – Air Conditioned
  • 1 Bunk Cabin Twin bunk beds Pullman style (2 Beds)
  • 1 Bunk Cabin with 2 sets of Bunk Beds Pullman style (4 beds)
  • Separate Bathroom (Shower, toilet and hand basin)
  • Limited mattresses and mosquito nets for those who wish to sleep on the top deck.

Tender Boats:

  • Includes an 18 ft tender with 90hp Yamaha engine for Game Viewing, Fishing and Sunset Cruises. Can carry 10 pax.
  • An additional tender - 18 ft speed boat with 90 hp Yamaha & awning - can be arranged (at an extra cost)


  • Crew: The Lady J’s crew being a captain deckhand & chef. The crew have their own crew quarters with ablution block
  • Your own boat may be towed behind "Lady Jacqueline” - entirely at your own risk provided a maximum of two tender boats are towed at any one time.
  • Fisherman: If you are a keen fisherman, bring your own rods, tackle and bait. Kapenta, bait for tiger, can be organized for you from an outlet in Binga. Limited fishing tackle is available for hire from the crew at an approx. cost of R50 per person, per day.
  • There is an H2O water purification system on the vessel and it delivers "okay” water. It is still recommended that bottled water be used for drinking purposes.
  • Boarding time: Moored at Masuma Lodge, Binga. Boarding at 1pm. Disembarkation: 10 am.
  • Lake usage and fishing licenses: These levies are not included in your prepaid charter fees and are additional charges for your account. The levies will be payable by you to the National Parks official that may intercept the cruiser on exiting the Harbour.



**Weather and time permitting**

  • Arrival Day: Cruise to Nyembra Island where a lovely sandy beach & braai awaits you.
  • Second Day: Cruise to Senkwe, where the tiger fishing is amazing.
  • Third Day: Cruise to Diamond fishing camp (brilliant bream and tiger) game viewing is good.
  • Final Day: Make you way back to the harbour, enjoying game viewing & exploring by tender boat, fishing or just relaxing on deck.




A'Zambezi River Lodge, Lady Jacqueline houseboat & Hwange Safari Lodge

Vic Falls, Kariba & Hwange - Zimbabwe


6 day, 5 night itinerary

Valid: 1 Jan - 31 December 2015

Package rate from:

R 12 370.00 per person sharing


Note: Rate is based on a min 4 travelling guests



  • Road transfers to suit itinerary
  • 1 night at A'Zambezi River Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights aboard the Lady Jacqueline on a fully inclusive basis & limited local drinks and water
  • Includes:
  • All activities i.e. game viewing by boat, fishing, bird-watching and sun set cruises.
  • All equipment hire including rods, lures etc.
  • Limited Fuel to cover an average 3 day cruise i.e. 3 hours cruising time, 8 hours generator time and a caddy tank for the tender boat per day
  • 1 night at Hwange Safari Lodge on a full board basis (includes soft drinks during meals).
  • Includes a Game Drive


  • National Lake Fees, Park Fees and Fishing Licenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • All drinks and meals not specified
  • All Visas


Rates are strictly subject to availability and subject to change without prior notice. Terms and conditions apply. E&OE


Day 1: You will be met by a DesireAfrica Travel Representative and transported to A' Zambezi River Lodge

Day 2: A DesireAfrica Travel Representative will collect you and transfer you (approx 4 hours) to the Lady Jacqueline. Cruise to Nyembra Island where a lovely sandy beach & braai awaits you

Day 3: Cruise to Senkwe, where tiger fishing is to die for

Day 4: Cruise to Diamond fishing camp where brilliant bream and tiger are waiting and the game viewing is good

Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Hwange Safari Lodge

Evening Game Drive at Hwange Safari Lodge

Day 6: After breakfast you will be transfered from Hwange Safari Lodge to Vic Falls Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg



Rates valid till Dec 2015

All rates include only the product specified and may exclude certain taxes and/or fees, please feel free to contact us if you would like detailed information or require clarification

All rates strictly subject to availability

Rates subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuations and/or increases imposed by our suppliers

At times, prices may vary depending on market conditions. We recommend that you contact us prior to confirming prices to clients or friends




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