The Dunhu Ramambo Cruise Collection is the largest privately-owned houseboat company operating on Lake Kariba. Their fleet of beautifully furnished vessels includes Umbozha, Karabezi and Shikra. The cruises are a unique experience, being the first boat company to offer comfort cruises that traverse the entire 270 kilometres of Lake Kariba. It promises a fully-inclusive experience for an affordable price, complete with comfortable cabin suites, tasty cuisine, friendly service and thrilling activities.
Lake Kariba is bounded on either side by Zambia and Zimbabwe. The shores on either side form part of dedicated wildlife habitats, ranging from forestry and bushveld to national parks and game reserves. What better way to see the hordes of wildlife than by cruising along the lake itself, with endless views of animal-rich embankments.
Why We Love the Houseboats
Dunhu Ramambo offers an intimate cruising experience, with each of the houseboats accommodating no more than 30 guests. Thus, visitors are ensured a quiet, private stay complete with personal service. Ranging between three- and four-stars, the houseboats are excellent value for money without compromising on value, comfort and service. They are a great alternative to the likes of Zambezi Queen and Chobe Princess, which offer a more luxurious experience. On the other hand, the cruise safaris provide a true boating adventure, cruising the entire length of Lake Kariba.
The houseboats depart from Andora Harbour in Kariba Town and arrive at Binga District in Zimbabwe, or vice versa. Guest can fly in to Victoria Falls Airport and receive a three-hour transfer to Kariba. Victoria Falls is also a fantastic starting or ending point to a cruise safari, so we would suggest spending three to four nights in the area either before or after the boat trip.
Accommodation and Activities
Dungu Ramambo’s cruise safaris offer accommodation in three houseboats. Each of the boats promises a unique experience catered towards different tastes, whether it’s comfort, luxury or group travel.
All three houseboats also offer exciting on-board and on-shore activities. On the houseboat, guests can cool down in the swimming pools, catch some sun on a deck lounger or simply take in the majestic views. Off the boat, they can enjoy game viewing on tender boats (small boats that travel with the houseboat). They can also go on a game drive or walking safari through one of the parks, or embark on a fishing excursion or birding safari.
Umbhozha: This is the flagship of Dunhu Ramambo’s fleet. The boat accommodates 28 guests in en-suite Family, Standard or Master cabins with direct views onto the lake. Umbozha has three main decks, a dining and bar area, and small swimming pool. The boat carries two tender boats, three deckhand crew members and one chef.
Karabezi: The Karabezi sleeps a total of 14 guests in Standard or Family cabins, some with en-suite facilities and others with separate bathrooms. The boat has two main decks, a dining and lounge area, and a shaded hot tub. It carries two tender boats, two deckhand crew member and one chef.
Shikra: This houseboat accommodates up to 30 guests in en-suite Standard and Family cabins, each with direct views onto Lake Kariba. Shikra has three main decks either covered or open, a dining and lounge area, and a large swimming pool. The boat carries two tender boats, three deckhand crew members and a chef.
The Dunhu Ramambo Cruise Collection offers a variety of packages, ranging from two to three nights. We’ve combined these cruises with overnight stays in some of the finest safari lodges in Zimbabwe and Zambia. As per usual, all of our trips are tailor-made to fit our guests’ requirements, meaning no two packages will ever be the same. For a package perfectly suited to your needs, please contact us today.
Below are two example of some of our packages:
4 Night Cruise Safari and Bumi Hills: R 28 540 / $ 2 035 / € 1 850 / £1 660
Our 5 day Package includes 2 nights aboard one of the houseboats and 2 nights in Bumi Hills Safari Lodge along Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, select drinks, daily safari activities, road transfer to Zambezi Cruise Safaris, charter flight from Kariba to Victoria Falls.
7 Nights Dunhu Ramambo Properties: R 36 970 / $ 2 635 / € 2 390 / £ 2 150
Our 7 nigh package includes 3 nights aboard one of the houseboats and 4 nights at two of Dunhu Ramambo’s safari lodges in Zimbabwe.
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, select drinks, daily safari activities, transfer to Zambezi Cruise Safaris, and transfers between all safari lodges.
Please visit our Cruise Safaris website to browse our exciting packages and our recommended houseboats, or simply contact one of our travel consultants for assistance with planning the perfect holiday.