Charter the Lady Jacqueline Motor Yacht in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
There are few things more spectacular than the Mediterranean-like vista that is Lake Kariba. Sprawling to cover 5000 square kilometres, at the heart of southern Africa, Lake Kariba offers a remote and underutilized water wilderness hard to find anywhere on the continent. And, there is no better way to experience it, than to take a luxury cruise aboard the Lady Jacqueline with a minimum capacity of 4 person and maximum of 10 person. Rate as low as $295 per person for 1 night and a minimum booking of 2 nights. Rates All Inclusive • Nightly per person(First 1 - 4 Guests): $295 (if there are only 2 person then the rate will be double) • Nightly per person(Per Guest there after ie. 5 to 10) $195 • Nightly rate per child (under 12 years). Under 5 stay free $95 Self Catering Rates (Dry Boat): • Peak Season (April, Aug and Dec): $750 • Low Season: $600 Deposit: • $300 Includes • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks). • Limited house wines, local beers, soft drinks and water (guests to complete a drinks list) • All activities including game viewing by boat, fishing, bird-watching • 3 hours cruising time, 8 hours generator time and a caddy tank for the tender boat of fuel per day. • Dedicated tender boat and guides Excludes • All other drinks • National Lake Fees. Please pay direct to the Parks official but if they are not there give it to the staff that will pay on your behalf. • Fishing Licenses What You Can Expect: 3 night Charter DAY 1: The first day on the Lovely Lady Jacqueline commences with a cruise from Bumi Hills to the Ume River. A stunning, untouched wilderness, the Ume boasts one of the best game viewing areas on the lake as it is well serviced by the Bumi Hill Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU). Not only is there a one-of-a-kind game viewing experience but some of the best fishing one Kariba is all the way out here. Unequalled views and an Al Fresco Luncheon on the top deck on the water is the ultimate day on the world’s largest man-made reservoir. DAY 2: We invite you to sit back and relax whilst soaking in the spectacular views, sounds and remote beauty of the Matusadona National Park, as we embark on the four-hour cruise to Changa (behind Spurwing and Fothergill Islands). Matusadona National Park is in Northern Zimbabwe and was formed in the late 1950’s. Matusadona was proclaimed a non-hunting area on the 7th November 1958 before being declared a Game Reserve in 1963 and only in 1975 did Matusadona become a National Park. Its vast area encompasses a combination of pristine and rugged wilderness, magical mountains Back in the late 1950’s when Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station was being built and the dam wall constructed, the Kariba gorge was flooded and as it was home to thousands of animals along with the local Tonga people, relocation was required for the animals. Rupert Fothergill lead a wildlife rescue operation that lasted five years, calling it ‘Operation Noah’ Operation Noah saved over 6000 animals which were largely relocated to Matusadona National Park. The Matusadona National Park, locally known as the ‘Matuzviadonha Hills’ stretch along the lakeshore between the Sanyati and Ume rivers. The word ‘Matuzviadonha’ means ‘falling dung’ and came from the common sightings. the steep slopes on the escarpment. DAY 3: On the final day, we take a leisurely three-hour cruise to Palm Bay well-known for lion sightings. Should you wish to go for a game drive or a walk, Spurwing Island will be happy to oblige (additional costs apply). And sometimes, when the water is high enough and an island has formed, we can arrange a beach braai, fire crackling, sun setting... Another sought-after option to consider is a magical boat cruise to the Sanyati Gorge. *Kindly note that there is an additional park fee, should you wish to cruise up the Sanyati Gorge. DAY 4: A leisurely cruise back to base, saying goodbye to the magical mountains of the Matusadona National Park. Lady J Sample Menu 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. There are 2 options available: Option 1 (Recommended): Early morning (approx. 6h00): Coffee with rusks, muffins, cereal etc. (Guests then depart for early morning fishing or game viewing). Midday brunch (approx. 11h00): Consisting of bacon and eggs, savoury mince, toast etc. (The tender boat will then be prepared again with a cold box for clients who wish to go fishing again and game viewing until sunset). Afternoon tea/coffee (approx. 15h00): Cake/ biscuits and savoury snacks will be served. Dinner (approx. 20h00): Usually consists of a roast or steak, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Followed by dessert i.e. apple tart and cream/ malva pudding/caramel tart or fruit salad etc. Tea/Coffee. Option 2: Full breakfast (approx. 8h00): Consisting of bacon and eggs, savoury mince, toast etc. Lunch (approx. 12h00): Would normally consist of a pasta, cold meat and salads, fish and chips, steak etc. (The tender boat will then be prepared again with a cold box for clients who wish to go fishing again and game viewing until sunset). Afternoon tea/coffee (approx. 15h00): Cake/ biscuits and savoury snacks will be served. Dinner (approx. 20h00): Usually consists of a roast or steak, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Followed by dessert i.e. apple tart and cream/ malva pudding/ caramel tart or fruit salad etc. Tea/Coffee. Kindly note: No meals will be awaiting guests 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. We do our best to get drinks & catering as per request but this is not always possible due to limited availability What To Expect Onboard Elegantly appointed, the Lady Jacqueline is a 65' steel mono-hull, boasting luxurious accommodation consisting of two air-conditioned stateroom cabins complete with bathroom-en-suite, with two additional bunk rooms amidships (sleeping four and two people). The middle deck houses a spacious, air-conditioned saloon equipped with a music system, TV and video (affording the comforts of home for those requiring these facilities). The upper deck offers an element of privacy ideal on a cruiser of this type, a place where guests are alone and free to bask in the sun, or sip ice cold drinks from the bar while the crew pamper your every need. A small splash pool is incorporated into the front deck, negating the need for bathers to brave the lake waters, especially when moored. Powered by twin in-board diesels, Lady J is able to undertake long-distance cruises. Main silent-run and back-up generators supply constant 220v power when required, and with a nine day cruising range (up to a maximum of five hours per day), she is capable of cruising the length of the lake, although for logistical reasons normally stays within the bounds of the western basin. Evenings are spent moored at secure locations along the Matusadona National Park shoreline in the heart of Africa’s wilderness. Unlike land-based resorts, guests are able to squeeze every minute out of the day, sipping sundowners or fishing from the tender boats as the sun dips to the western horizon. Specification Minimum 4 and maximum 10 guests in cabins. More can be accommodated on mattresses up to 14 (not recommended). Twin Volvo Penta turbo inter-cooled main engines with a 17Kva Onan marine generator. Accommodation: • 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). • Above bunk cabins are airconed through a centrally located aircon unit. Separate Bathroom (Shower, toilet and hand basin). • Limited mattresses and mosquito nets for those who wish to sleep on the top deck. • Separate crew quarters with their own ablutions. On Board Equipment: • Jacuzzi. • Garmin GPS navigational equipment and depth finders. • The galley is equipped with microwave oven, deep freeze and fridge. • There is a bottle cooler and a triple door bar fridge on the upper deck and an ice maker. • The saloon has 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 Tender Boats: • One tender boat (including a caddy tank of fuel per day) is included in the all inclusive rate. Guests have the choice of the following, please advise prior to charter: • Osprey - 40hp 4 stroke, seats 4 (Small, fast and light in fuel) Falcon - 85hp 2 stroke engine, seats 8 (Fast and powerful, used a lot of fuel) Raft - 25hp 4 stroke, seats 12 (Slow but comfortable uses less fuel) Access: The Lady J is moored at Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba. • Bumi Hills Airstrip is serviced by daily charter flights ex Vic Falls and Harare. Flying time is approx. 1,5hrs from both destinations. There is a free road transfer from the air strip to the vessel. ***Please note that only soft bags, with a maximum weight of 20kgs are permitted for the charter flight. Additional Services: • 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: Rate based on US$1.40 per liter. Fuel price fluctations will affect the final invoice. • Please note guests are not allowed to remove the balance of the drinks and food after the charter. Additional drinks may be purchased (in advance). If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 10 guests
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Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Watersports Equipment
- Wheel steering
- Center Cockpit
- Twin Engine
- Fuel type: Diesel
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
Important, please note: Please do note that, as always, park fees, taxes and levies are subject to change according to government legislation. If applicable, any increases will be for your account. Please remember to carry your park fees and fishing licenses in cash in USD The levies will be payable by you to the National Parks official that may intercept the cruiser on exiting the Harbour. If there is no park official please pay it to our crew who will then pay on your behalf. Children Children under 12 pay half price. Children under 5 stay free of charge. The boat owner does not offer a medical or visa service. It is the responsibility of the client to obtain health, vaccination, passports and visa Requirements as well as Travel Insurance. We do not accept liability if these requirements have not been met.