Sengwe Houseboat – Zimbabwe


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A 2- or 3-night Lake Kariba houseboat safari is a truly memorable experience. Incredible sunsets, thrilling game viewing and birdwatching, and lots of rest and relaxation are all part of the experience.


The Sovereign Houseboat, moored at Binga Lake Kariba is fully equipped with everything you will need for the Zimbabwe houseboat safari. The 10 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins are spacious, with a large sliding door leading out to the deck.


This lake Kariba houseboat has a pool, perfect for cooling off during those hot summer days. The air-conditioned lounge, bar and dining areas are spacious and enclosed, offering protection from the elements.


Our uniquely curated safari packages are expertly put together to suit your needs, ensuring a once-in-a-lifetime journey with Hideaways our Partners to the most spectacular wilderness areas of Zimbabwe and Botswana. We take care of every detail so you can give wings to your wildest dreams of an authentic African safari.
Whether it be to explore the incredible Hwange National Park, marvel at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, discover the spectacular Okavango Delta or walk with rhinos in the famed Matobos, here at Hideaways we are in the business of creating life-changing experiences.


10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms each with a view of the lake.




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  • Location and General Information


    Embarking from Masumu River Lodge in Binga to sail on Lake Kariba, the Sovereign Houseboat offers a unique safari experience. Designed with space and style in mind, the experience ensures options for relaxation throughout your stay, fringed in luxury.


    Lake Kariba is the world’s largest man-made lake, located along the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.


    MASUMU | BINGA, ZIMBABWE | GPS (GOOGLE MAPS) -17.594000, 27.421291


    The main area
    The Sovereign Houseboat was designed with space and style in mind, ensuring options for relaxation throughout your stay, fringed in luxury. The lounge and 10 bedrooms are air conditioned, allowing for a moment of cool and quiet from the African heat.


    Panoramic views lure guests to the lounge area, as well as up a staircase leading to a daybed which boasts a bird’s eye view of the lake and its surrounds. a swimming pool calls for relaxation and reprieve, as well as offering the perfect spot for a gin and tonic, paired best with sunset.


    A wide variety of cuisine is offered with a Zimbabwean theme.


    Guest amenities
    All guest amenities include shampoo, conditioner, liquid shower gel and soaps.

  • Safari Itinerary day1

    DAY 1

    Binga, Lake Kariba



    Start your Lake Kariba Houseboat safari by boarding your houseboat in Binga. You will enjoy a light lunch while we cruise towards the Sengwe Basin, Lake Kariba. The stunning scenery of the Sengwe River system forms the backdrop to the afternoon’s exploration in our smaller pontoon boats. The Sengwe is famed for its great birding, excellent water bird sightings and many raptors including the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl and Black Eagle. It is also home to large populations of hippo and crocodile. You will return to Sengwe River mouth and experience your first Lake Kariba sunset, an unforgettable experience. Dinner is served on board this evening.


  • Safari Itinerary day2

    DAY 2

    Sengwe Basin to Elephant Bay



    After a light breakfast you will set off for game and bird viewing from the pontoons, one of the many highlights of your Sengwe River Cruise. You could also try fishing on Lake Kariba for the famed Tiger Fish or the indigenous Kariba Bream. We return to the vessel for lunch while we cruise to Hondwa Bay. An incredible afternoon will be spent game viewing and exploring the Hondwa Bay. We discover its inlets, sandy beaches and flood plain where you’re likely to spot a thrilling variety of larger mammals. You will experience another extraordinary sunset from your pontoon while enjoying refreshing drinks and snacks. Dinner will be a delicious beach barbeque on the shore of Lake Kariba. A very special experience and undoubtedly one of the best places for stargazing in Africa. Another remarkable day on your Lake Kariba cruise comes to an end.

  • Safari Itinerary day3

    DAY 3

    Elephant Bay



    You have the option of doing a game and bird viewing cruise on Lake Kariba in the pontoons or go on an exciting, guided nature walk of approximately 2 hours. Lunch is enjoyed on the houseboat while we make our way to Elephant Bay. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the onboard facilities. One of Elephant Bay’s many islands is our mooring spot for the last night, and the last opportunity for a guided walk. We save the best Kariba sunset for last with uninterrupted views across the lake to the mountains of Zambia.

  • Safari Itinerary day4

    DAY 4




    We return to Binga on the last day of the most memorable Zimbabwe houseboat safari.

  • Includes and excludes



    Houseboat Safari Includes

    Accommodation, all meals, water, soft drinks, beers, ciders, mixers and house wine.



    Houseboat Safari Excludes

    Transfers, imported and premium brand drinks, river usage fees USD 10.00 per person per day.

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