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Enjoy the ultimate in barefoot luxury on a family holiday aboard Matusadona Houseboat your private safari cruiser on Zimbabwe’s iconic Lake Kariba. Cruising the shores of one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas, MV Matusadona is perfectly combined with a visit to the Victoria Falls and offers the ideal extension to a land based African safari.
Famous for its overwhelming sunsets, wildlife viewing and tiger fishing, Lake Kariba is surrounded by the Matusadona National Park and a number of wildlife areas on the Zimbabwean side of the lake.
MV Matusadona is the only motor cruiser of its kind on the Lake and is easily accessed from Kariba International Airport, the Bumi domestic airfield and from the safari lodges situated within the Matusadona National Park and surrounding safari areas.
Three spacious, air-conditioned cabins offer accommodation for up to six passengers. Each cabin is made up with a queen size bed and offer an en-suite bathroom.
Finished in African hardwood timbers and furnished with rich fabrics, leather and Egyptian cottons, Matusadona has been described as “an intimate luxury lodge on the water”. Measuring 28.6 m in length, MV Matusadona is the epitome of style and comfort on the lake.
Matusadona is accompanied by a speed boat and a game viewing pontoon for safari activies as well as a general tender boat.
Travelling to a different and secluded mooring every day, you will always awaken to a new experience. With the gentle lapping of waves, frequent grunts of hippos, the distant lion’s roar and the eerie cry of the Fish Eagle, you are in the real African wilderness, whilst cocooned in the lap of luxury.
On warm summer evenings, sip on refreshing cocktails in the Jacuzzi under the stars, or at the bar. It hardly ever gets cold on Kariba, but on the odd chilly African evening, warm up with a Cognac or a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the cosy saloon.
Matusadona is perfect for an amazing family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or simply a break from ‘real’ life. Step on board, it is time to relax!
Matusadona is ideally suited for groups of up to 6 guests. The vessel measures 28.6 meters in length and 6.85 meters on the beam. She comprises 3 decks:
Cabin Deck | Lower
3 en‐suite guest cabins with queen size beds are located on the lower deck. A 4th en‐suite single cabin is allocated to your on‐board manager. These cabins are accessed via an indoor staircase from the saloon. The spacious crew quarters are accessed through a separate entrance on the bow.
Saloon Deck | Middle
The middle deck comprises a gourmet galley (including washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 fridge‐freezers, electric oven, gas hob, microwave), the wheelhouse, an al‐fresco breakfast area and an indoor saloon.. The indoor saloon offers a dining area and coffee station, a business desk and a lounge complete with DVD player, sound system, a choice of board games and a small library collection.
Palm deck | Upper
The spacious open plan outdoor entertainment area on the upper deck offers 360 degree views of Lake Kariba and offers 2 lounge areas, dining area, bar and an open air jacuzzi.
- Accommodation on board
- Activities operated by Matusadona
- Lake access and National Park Entry Fees
- All catering, including local beverages at the bar
- All fuel based on:
- Cumulative average operation of the main engines over a maximum of 3½ hours per day (start up to shut down).
- Combined average operation of generators over a maximum of 12 hours per day
- 4 Crew members
- Daily laundry service
- Positioning of Matusadona at either Marineland or Bumi Hills for boarding and disembarking.
- Road, air or other transfers to Matusadona
- Activities operated by third parties (Morning Game Drive at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is offered at US$ 100 pp).
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