Sovereign Houseboat | Houseboat Safaris Lake Kariba Zimbabwe
Sovereign Houseboat Lake Kariba

Sovereign Houseboat Lake Kariba

With panoramic views of Lake Kariba, the Sovereign Houseboat offers a unique Zimbabwe houseboat safari. Explore the world’s largest man-made lake in comfort while silently gliding up and down the countless waterways, marvelling at the wildlife visiting the shore. The Sovereign’s spacious and stylish design ensures optimum relaxation with plenty of opportunities to cast a bird’s eye view over the lake and the surrounding landscape. Houseboat safaris on Lake Kariba is the perfect way to experience a tranquil getaway with a small group of friends or family in untamed Africa.

Best time for houseboat safaris on Lake Kariba

The best time of the year to book the Sovereign for a houseboat safari on Lake Kariba is between April and August. This is when dry and sunny weather prevails with daytime temperatures averaging around 25 degrees Celcius. Evenings are chilly, so remember to pack some warmer clothes for when the sun sets. The summer months, from September to March, tend to be hot and humid with the highest rainfall of the year and it’s best to avoid when deciding to book your houseboat package for Kariba.

Your Experience

When onboard the Sovereign for your Kariba houseboat safari, you are surrounded by wilderness. Days are best spent cruising the islands and inlets by tender boat, casting a fishing line into the inviting water, lazing by the plunge pool or sipping on a cocktail, toasting the spectacular sunsets. Whether making use of the sizable sundeck and lounge area or getting some proper rest and relaxation in one of the 10 en-suite cabins, no two days are the same. There is also the chance to head out on smaller pontoon tender boats to explore the remote Sengwe River system and its stunning scenery and resident hippo and crocodile populations. The Sengwe is famed for great birding, including sightings of the rare Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Black Eagle.

Beach Barbeque

Guided Nature Walk

Fishing on Lake Kariba

Sunrise and Sunset Game Viewing Cruises

Sovereign Houseboat Safaris Lake Kariba Zimbabwe


The Sovereign is moored at Masumu River Lodge, Binga, in anticipation of your Kariba houseboat safari. Situated on the south-western end of Lake Kariba, Binga is regarded as a centre for boating, fishing and cultural adventures. Binga can be reached by road and light aircraft. Flying into Bulawayo, your drive to Binga will take 7 hours while a journey by road from Victoria Falls is around 5 hours and from Dete, around 2 hours.


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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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.

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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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