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all seasons houseboats – Home 6713816 Houseboat

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 14 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

all seasons houseboats – Home 6713816

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  • Houseboat
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 14 sleeps
  • 1 night min stay

Houseboat / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 14

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

We have houseboats in kariba for family get-aways , honeymoon or fishing get-aways. There is a choice of three comfortable houseboats to suit your needs for that unforgettable experience.be you a gang of fisherman wanting to take on the ferocious tiger fish or a nature lover wanting to view game up close and safe .. come to kariba

Great food cold beverages , magnificent sunrise and sunsets coupled with amazing weather , Our expert crew on hand to pamper you and take you from kariba mainland to Sanyati bay ,Elephants points to the Ume where if you lucky you may catch a glimpse of the king of the jungle..........

ALL SEASONS HOUSEBOATS ....

Location description from owner

The Mashonaland West Province region

Lake Kariba is the largest artificial lake in the world, measuring approximately 220 km from East to West and up to 40 km wide, covering almost 5,600 square kilometers

Kariba’s

We have houseboats in kariba for family get-aways , honeymoon or fishing get-aways. There is a choice of three comfortable houseboats to suit your needs for that unforgettable experience.be you a gang of fisherman wanting to take on the ferocious tiger fish or a nature lover wanting to view game up close and safe .. come to kariba

Great food cold beverages , magnificent sunrise and sunsets coupled with amazing weather , Our expert crew on hand to pamper you and take you from kariba mainland to Sanyati bay ,Elephants points to the Ume where if you lucky you may catch a glimpse of the king of the jungle..........

ALL SEASONS HOUSEBOATS ....

Location description from owner

The Mashonaland West Province region

Lake Kariba is the largest artificial lake in the world, measuring approximately 220 km from East to West and up to 40 km wide, covering almost 5,600 square kilometers

Kariba’s wildlife- and safari opportunities cannot be overstated – although it’s a well kept secret amongst travellers to Africa. Living aboard a large and spacious houseboat, sailing from bay to bay with ever changing views and wildlife but 2-3 meters from your bedroom window, is a travel experience found nowhere else on the continent.

A typical day onboard starts with early morning game viewing from tender boats, allowing you to explore the birdlife and enjoy wildlife from the water. You can also try your luck fishing for Kariba Bream, Cornish Jack or the infamous Tiger Fish. Back at the boat, a delicious lunch is served on deck as we sail off for our next destination. On arrival you can explore the nearby creeks and inlets with hippo and crocodile populations or just relax with a cool drink and enjoy the world drifting by. In the evening, a three course meal is served while you enjoy cocktails and the legendary Lake Kariba sunset.

Kariba

The Legend of Nyaminyami and the Kariba Story

The Nyaminyami (Zambezi River God) is a Zimbabwean legendary creature believed in by the Tonga people. The Nyaminyami is a dragon like creature with a snake's torso and the head of a fish.The Nyaminyami is said to reside in the Zambezi River and control the life in and on the river. The spirits of Nyaminyami and his wife residing in the Kariba Gorge are God and Goddess of the underworld. Over the years there have been several sightings of the Nyaminyami by local people but there has never been an official, recorded sighting of the creature.

"The BaTonga People lived in the Zambezi Valley for centuries in peaceful seclusion and with little contact with the outside world. They were simple folk who built their houses in kraal along the banks of the great river and believed that their gods looked after them supplying them with water and food.

But their idealistic lifestyle was to be blown apart. In the early 1940s a report was made about the possibility of a hydro-electric scheme to supply power for the growing industry that colonialism had brought to the federation of countries that were known as Northern Rhodesia on one side of the river and Southern Rhodesia on the other, now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In 1950 the Kariba Dam project was started.

Heavy earth-moving equipment roared into the valley and tore out thousands of hundred-year-old trees to build roads and settlements to house the workers who poured into the area to build a dam that would harness the powerful river. The BaTonga's peace and solitude was shattered and they were told to leave their homes and move away from the river to avoid the flood that the dam would cause.

The name Kariba comes from the word Kariva, meaning trap, which refers to a rock jutting out from the gorge where the dam wall was to be built. It was believed by the BaTonga to be the home of Nyaminyami, the river god, and they believed that anyone who ventured near the rock was dragged down to spend eternity under the water.

Reluctantly they allowed themselves to be resettled higher up the bank, but they believed that Nyaminyami would never allow the dam to be built and eventually, when the project failed, they would move back to their homes.

In 1957, when the dam was well on its way to completion, Nyaminyami struck. The worst floods ever known on the Zambezi washed away much of the partly built dam and the heavy equipment, killing many of the workers.

Some of those killed were white men whose bodies disappeared mysteriously, and after an extensive search failed to find them, Tonga elders were asked to assist as their tribesmen knew the river better than anyone. The elders explained that Nyaminyami had caused the disaster and in order to appease his wrath a sacrifice should be made.

They weren't taken seriously, but, in desperation, when relatives of the missing workers were due to arrive to claim the bodies of their loved ones, the search party agreed in the hope that the tribesmen would know where the bodies were likely to have been washed to.

A white calf was slaughtered and floated on the river. The next morning the calf was gone and the workers' bodies were in its place. The disappearance of the calf holds no mystery in the crocodile infested river, but the reappearance of the workers' bodies three days after they had disappeared has never been satisfactorily explained.

The Ba Tonga smiled knowingly at each other and waited for the final blow that would send the intruders scurrying back to wherever they came from.

After the disaster, flow patterns of the river were studied to ascertain whether there was a likelihood of another flood and it was agreed that a flood of that intensity would only occur once every thousand years.

The very next rainy season, however, brought further floods even worse than the previous year. Nyaminyami had struck again, destroying the coffer dam, the access bridge and parts of the main wall.

But the project survived and the great river was eventually controlled. In 1960 the generators were switched on and have been supplying electricity to Zimbabwe and Zambia ever since.

The BaTonga still live on the shores of Lake Kariba, and many still believe that one day Nyaminyami will fulfill his promise and they will be able to return to their homes on the banks of the river. They believe that Nyaminyami and his wife were separated by the wall across the river, and the frequent earth tremors felt in the area since the wall was built are caused by the spirit trying to reach his wife, and that one day he will destroy the dam."

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 2 Bunk Beds, 2 Single Beds
  • 2 Family bathrooms

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Boat available
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

All S
Response rate:
55%
Calendar updated::
17 Apr 2016
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This Houseboat has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 14. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 Jul 2015. Located in Mashonaland West Province, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £2000.

The Owner has a response rate of 55% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 17 Apr 2016.

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