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Sovereign Houseboat

Sovereign Houseboat, Lake Kariba

With panoramic views of Lake Kariba, the Sovereign Houseboat offers a spacious and unique safari experience. Sweeping vistas of uncharted waters, with a backdrop of silhouetted trees and breathtaking sunsets bestow the ambience of freedom – the lake and the wilderness solely yours. Exploring the lake’s waterways either aboard the Sovereign or upon the tender boats, you are able to access and encounter areas untouched, pioneers of your adventure in untamed Africa.

Your Experience

A safari upon water is truly an incomparable experience. Cruising parallel to islands inhabited by wildlife, coasting beside national park shores and floating beneath the African sky in its array of characters gifts a sense of being enveloped by the wild. 

When onboard the Sovereign, you are surrounded by wilderness. With only the horizon as your limit, you embark on an adventure exclusively your own, sharing the sights and sounds of nature with those cruising beside you. Whether lazing by the pool or exploring the waterways and islands by tender boat, trying your hand at fishing or sipping on a cocktail, Lake Kariba captures your soul, painting it into the gold and orange sky at sunset.


Until it sets sail upon Kariba waters, the Sovereign Houseboat is moored at Masumu River Lodge, Binga, in anticipation of adventure upon Lake Kariba. Binga is reachable by road and light aircraft. Flying into Bulawayo, your drive to Binga will take 7 hours. Flying into Victoria Falls, your drive to Binga will take 5 hours, delivering you to the deck and cabins of the Sovereign.


From USD 395 per person sharing (Green Season) – minimum 8 passengers.

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

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


SADC* rates are available. Please contact us to enquire.

*Southern African Development Community

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Safari Collection

Each of our Hideaways collections have been designed to deliver an extraordinary safari experience, in close proximity to Africa’s spectacular wildlife and pristine wilderness, whilst ensuring the conservation of these unique conservation areas. With over 30 years of travel experience, unprecedented hospitality and the finest bespoke eco-offering, we ensure that our guests experience the best of Southern Africa in absolute comfort and style.

Sovereign Houseboat, Lake Kariba

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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.

    • 6 double en suite cabins
    • 4 twin en suite cabins
    • Air conditioned lounge and cabins
    • Swimming Pool
    • Sundeck and day beds
    • Dining area

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Sunrise and Sunset Game Viewing Cruises

Rise with the sun or bid farewell to the day by embarking on a cruise on Lake Kariba waters on our tender boats. Both times of day hold equal potential for game viewing, the morning boasting an array of birdlife and the evening lures wildlife down for a sunset drink. Cruise along Kariba waters, getting up close and personal with wildlife drinking on the edge of the lake, becoming one with nature.


Armed with curiosity, focus and a fishing rod, drop a line in the water on a fishing expedition on one of our smaller boats. Head out with the captain after a light continental breakfast, find a quiet spot tied to a tree, sipping on a coffee and fish for your dinner! Try fishing for the famed tiger fish or the indigenous bream (tilapia) whilst listening out for the iconic Lake Kariba fish eagle’s cry. Return to the vessel to freshen up as we continue to cruise Kariba waters, exploring its islands and bays.

Guided Nature Walk

Embrace the option of an early morning guided nature walk upon the shore, lasting approximately two hours. This is the best time for birding as well as game viewing, in the cool hours of the day. After immersing in the wild on foot, we head back to the main vessel for lunch while we cruise on to our next location.

Beach Barbeque

After an afternoon spent exploring the lake’s inlets, sandy beaches and floodplains, a Lake Kariba beach barbeque experience awaits, set up on one of the remote islands scattered around. Sink your feet into fine white Kariba beach sand, cocktail in hand, bidding the day farewell from shore, witnessing the incredible Kariba sunset. With a campfire and barbeque as your backdrop, life simply cannot get better as you sip and snack on the shores of Lake Kariba under a blanket of African stars.

Sip and Dip

While upon the boat, the opportunity to surrender to extreme relaxation awaits. A swimming pool is an invitation for cooling off from the African heat, sipping on a cocktail while dipping in the Kariba water filled relaxation station! Settle into your book upon the sunbeds, take a nap on the top deck couches or daydream upon the horizon while the Sovereign transports you from one bay to another.