South African Hotels

Kariba Houseboats

Being booked on an exclusive basis, the luxurious Kariba Houseboats are some of the largest houseboats in Southern Africa. They sail around the Lake Kariba, which is the largest human-made lake in the world. Lake Kariba is beautifully located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.

The houseboat offers three decks with comfortable en-suite cabins, as well as a conference room for up to 30 guests, a lobby, a sundry shop, a restaurant and bar, a top deck with bar, and a swimming pool. Ideal for both leisure and business guests who enjoy exclusivity by booking the entire ship, travellers on these cruises enjoy spectacular views, stunning sunsets and a range of activities.

This houseboat is booked on an exclusive basis whereby all 21 cabins are reserved for one group of friends or family. The standard cabins on the boat provide either a double bed, twin beds or three single beds for three guests sharing one room.

Cabin amenities on the boat:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi access
  • Reading lights
  • Satellite TV

Conference facilities

The houseboat offers a conference venue that can accommodate up to 30 delegates. The conference venue provides a patio overlooking the lake, which is the perfect place for a tea break.

 Conference facilities include:

  • Writing pads and pens
  • Mints
  • Cordials
  • Water
  • Whiteboards
  • Soft boards
  • Screen
  • Markers
  • Flip charts
  • Paper
  • Data projector


The Restaurant is found on the middle level of the boat where guests dine while enjoying the beautiful views overlooking the Lake Kariba. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and light meals are available during the late afternoon. The Restaurant also offers a bar, along with the bar on the games deck and the bar by the swimming pool, where guests can relax.


  • Fishing: the houseboat offers three tender boats for fishing enthusiasts to access some of the best fishing areas on the lake; Lake Kariba is renowned for tiger fishing
  • Cultural tour: guests are taken to a village where they can interact with the locals and experience their way of life
  • Bushwalks: some of the islands on Lake Kariba offer bushwalks and trekking
  • Games on the game deck
  • Delicious meals and fine wine
  • Swimming in the pool on the houseboat
  • Movies can be watched in the evening

Below detailed information about the Kariba Houseboats is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Internet Access
  • Satellite TV
  • Viewing Deck


Southern Belle Restaurant

The Southern Belle Restaurant provides breathtaking views of Lake Kariba. Guests can dine while overlooking the largest man made lake in the world. The restaurant on the houseboat is open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Light meals and snacks are also available during the afternoon.

Top Deck Bar

The Top Deck Bar is located on the third and highest level of The Southern Belle houseboat. Here guests can soak up the sun next to the swimming pool and enjoy a drink while overlooking the amazing surrounding views. 

Nearby activities & attractions
  • Games Deck
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Bush walks
  • Cultural tour

Conference Room

The conference room on the Protea Hotel Southern Belle houseboat on Lake Kariba can seat 20 guests in a "U" shape and 30 guests in schoolroom style.  The private patio on the houseboat is a great place for tea breaks.

Conference equipment: 

  • writing pads and pens
  • mints
  • cordials
  • water
  • white boards
  • soft boards
  • soft boards
  • screen
  • markers
  • flip charts
  • paper 
  • data projector

  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Hotel Bar
  • Mini Cinema
  • Plunge pool
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Braai & Barbeque

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

There are 21 cabins available which are decorated in a simple yet modern fashion. Of the 21 rooms, 16 of them are standard cabins.

  • 10 double cabins with a double bed and outward facing views
  • 4 twin cabins with two single beds
  • 2 triple cabins with three single beds

Room amenities:

  • En suite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • WiFi access
  • Reading lights
  • Satellite TV 

Kariba Houseboats Specials

There are currently no specials for the Kariba Houseboats.
Please check again soon.

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -16.551944

Longitude: 28.782000


The Lake Kariba in Zambia is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. It is unique and wild, surrounded by African bushveld. It is located on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Lake Kariba stretches over 226 kilometers long and up to 40 kilometers wide. It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

3 Star

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