Cruising Kariba

An Unforgettable Getaway

Matusadona does not sail alone. She is accompanied by 2 tender boats and a speed boat for game viewing, sunset cruises and angling. A pontoon boat will soon be added to the fleet during 2013, ideal for game viewing and photography.


Once boarded, we invite you to plan your route with our manager. Mooring has to be carefully planned daily for reasons of safety and to provide you with tranquil and beautiful overnight mooring spots at the same time.

The Captain sets off for a new destination daily aft er brunch, allowing guests to travel the Lake and relax during the heat of the day. Once moored (usually between 14h00 and 15h30), guests can enjoy an afternoon activity: fishing, game viewing or a sunset cruise.

The average 3½ engine hours per day will allow the vessel to cover large distances daily, so steering a way from the majority of other vessels on the Lake to find that special peace and tranquility of Lake Kariba.

World Class Cuisine

Although there are no set meal times on Matusadona, a typical day on board will include:

  • Morning bakes at the coffee station: rusks, muffins, biscuits etc.
  • Typically, a lavish brunch is served around 10h00 when guests return from their morning activity.
  • For afternoon tea, both sweet and savoury snacks are on offer.
  • All catering, including local beverages at the bar
  • Dinner is served around 19h00.

We aim to offer a cruise of a lifetime and would request guests to notify us of any preferences in terms of food an d beverages. Out on the Lake, there is hardly the opportunity to source any special supplies. The galley is all yours and we invite our guests to make themselves at home. If preferred, we can serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.


From Matusadona, guests can enjoy the following activities:

  • Game viewing by boat
  • Game viewing on land (game drive at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge at additional charge)
  • Angling (bream, tiger)
  • Sunset cruises
  • R&R

The saloon deck offers a small library and games cupboard, a TV with DVD player and a sound system suited to guests’ personal iPod and CD’s etc.

Boats may only be operated by crew members

Suggested Itinerary

12 day Itinerary | The Golden Age Safari

Contact A travel agent who specialises in safaris to Southern Africa to arrange a true “Out of Africa” journey for you, combining luxury and iconic accommodation with extraordinary experiences in the bush, on water and by train, including a visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We will happily recommend a reliable safari specialist to you!

Part I Baines’ River Camp | Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia
Day 1 Arrive at Lusaka International Airport in Zambia for on ward air transfer to Baines’ River Camp, located on the Zambezi River.
Day 2‐3 Safari Experience at Baines’ River Camp. Choose from a variety of safari activities: game viewing and b irding by boat, open vehicle and canoe or sport angling. Baines’ River Camp further offers sunset cruises and spa treatments.
Part II Matusadona | Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Day 4 Depart Baines’ River Camp on a river transfer to the Kafue River for onward road transfer to Matusadona in Zimbabwe (06h30/10h00). Board Matusadona at Marineland and set off onto Lake Kariba before lunch. Moor in the Sanyati Gorge for yo ur first night.
Day 5‐7 Cruise Lake Kariba during the heat of the day, mooring for the night at Elephant point,
Tashinga and Partridge Island respectively.
Part III The Victoria Falls Hotel | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 8 Cruise to Bumi Hills in the morning and board the 09h30 flight on a light aircraft to Victoria Falls (sched uled flights throughout the season: Sun, Mon, Fri. High season also on Wed). Visit the Victoria Falls, guided by Russel Gammon and enjoy an old‐ fashioned high tea at your hotel.
Day 9 Participate in one of the adrenaline activities on offer at the Victoria Falls or visit the renowned Victoria Falls market. End your stay at the Falls with a champagne tram ride down onto the famous bridge at sunset.
Part IV Rovos Rails | Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
Day 10-12 Board the Rovos Rail’s train for a 3 day experience on their luxury train through Zimbabwe and Botswana on to Pretoria, South Africa.

Alternatives are to travel from either Kariba or Bumi Hills to other safari destinations within Zimbabwe (Hwan ge, Matetsi, Mana Pools etc.) or onto Botswana’s Chobe or the Okavango Rivers (via Victoria Falls). Bumi Air offers scheduled flights to the international airports of Harare and Victoria Falls (3/week low season, 4/week high season).

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