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The Abangane Houseboat is a reasonably priced houseboat offering comfortable, non-luxury houseboat accommodation.
To check availability and options, please visit the Kariba houseboat booking section.
Abangane, means “Friends” in Ndebele. The Abangane is an open deck houseboat which allows the lake breezes to flow through the boat affording unrestricted views and open air living. This accommodation on Kariba offers a relaxing holiday on an 18-metre twin-hulled houseboat powered by two 85-HP Cummins diesel engines. It is moored at Kulizwe Lodge harbour in Binga, Zimbabwe on the south-western shore of Lake Kariba. The Abangane is able to accommodate 12 visitors comfortably although is registered to take 15. As the boat is “block” booked, cheap holidays per head result from larger parties.
Boarding the Abangane at the harbour should be from 12.00 noon on the day you arrive and disembarkation before 09.00 am on the day you leave.
The outstanding crew take care of the Abangane and all the guests’ requirements from serving sundowners, providing meals, linking you up with an iPod dock, directing you to the best fishing spots, or accompanying you into the rivers where bird and game viewing can be spectacular.
Obert is the Captain of the Abangane, Frank is the Chef and Jossam is the Deck Hand. They are qualified, friendly, hardworking and particularly good with children. Although they are not babysitters, they are extremely patient and eager to instruct and help children with their fishing.
After an exquisite sunset, there will be little to see but much to hear when the Abangane houseboat anchors close to the shore. Hippos grunt as they leave the water to graze through the night. Tiger fish flap against the steel hulls while the songs of night birds such as owls, nightjars, and water dikkop are distant enough to lull you to sleep.
Our normal practice is to sail north-east visiting the Senkwe River, Chete Safari area, and the Ruzi. On the return trip, we stop often at Elephant Bay, only a few kilometres from Binga. This gives guests great opportunities to experience the magic of the Zimbabwean shore of Kariba, the fishing, the sunsets across the Lake and the bird and animal life.
By law, the Captain is in command of the boat and his word is final in all aspects of lake safety.
All passengers are required to sign an indemnity form.
Please be aware that there is no laundry service on the boat, but the crew will assist should it become necessary.
For the security of your valuables, you may make use of the small safe facilities provided in the bar, and bring your own padlock and key.
There is a small well-equipped first aid box for emergencies, but you are advised to bring your personal medications for any stomach upsets, antiseptic creams, sunscreens etc. Mosquito repellent sprays or ointments are essential requirements.
Even on the hottest day, the covered upper deck catches the breeze and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sunsets across the Lake. The bar is large enough to accommodate the whole party aboard the Abangane and the Zimbabwean crew will serve drinks and dinner on the upper deck. Two freezers are situated on the deck and a large gas braai (barbeque) unit complements the cooking facilities and provides sociable meal preparation for those who like to take over the job as the chef.
The lower deck facilities consist of crew quarters, storerooms, two cabins/changing rooms, two shower rooms, two separate toilets and a kitchen equipped with electrical appliances, a gas stove, two fridges and three deep freezers. A third shower is situated on the Bermuda deck at the rear of the vessel.
Particularly in the hot summer months from October to March when temperatures may reach up to 40C, the beds on deck with mosquito nets will be far more comfortable than the cabins below. Most people make use of this facility rather than the cabins – good thick mattresses and linen are provided.
An inverter ensures that the iPod dock (supplied) and fans work when the generators are switched off.
There are added drop-down blinds on both the upper and lower deck to shelter you in case heavy winds or rain blow in.
There is no babysitting service available – please make your own arrangements.
Gratuities are entirely at your discretion and should be related to good service, which we are confident you will receive.
You may self-cater for your trip and take all your food and beverages with you. There is an excellent chef on board to do all the food preparation and cooking. Organise your meals with him in advance and all will be ready at the time specified.
Binga is rural with small shops that supply basic provisions.
Most self-provisioning passengers with adequate luggage space, bring their own groceries, meat, drinks and delicacies that may not be obtainable from a rural superette.
Under this option, menus must have been approved 2 weeks before departure. The fridges and freezers will be loaded with fresh provisions the day before you embark.
For organising a menu to suit the number of days, number of people/children and any special requirements by e-mail prior to departure – please contact Lorna on firstname.lastname@example.org
Listed below is an idea of what the daily menu can consist of.
Beers and minerals can also be loaded under this option. Please include your requirements in an email to Lorna on email@example.com
Drinking water is filtered, but not chlorinated. 50 litres of treated water will be on board. You may wish to boil the water, bring chlorine tablets, or buy bottled water to supplement your needs.
Drinking ice is made using chlorinated filters at the bar once the boat has exited the harbour and water can be drawn from the open lake.
Fruit salad, yoghurt, muesli, eggs, bacon, chipolata sausages, sweetcorn fritters, mushrooms, fried banana, tomatoes, toast
Chocolate cake, tea/coffee
Potato Crisps, biltong, salted peanuts
Braai: Rump steak, boerewors, potato bake, garlic bread, coleslaw, bean salad, green salad, chocolate brownies and ice cream
FISHING IN KARIBA
Kariba is renowned for its angling, especially for Tiger fishing, which will give any sportsman an exhilarating fight. Other fish available in the lake are bream, nkupe, barbel, vundu and eastern bottlenose.
After an early morning start and an exciting day fishing – look forward to having a fish braai or have the on-board chef prepare some of the Kariba fish you have caught that day.
Although it may be uncomfortably hot sometimes, fishing in summer is the best time. In winter, the days are generally beautifully sunny and warm, but guests will be happy to put on warm jackets when the sun sets.
Whether you choose to spend a few days or a week on board the Abangane, each day will be filled with excitement and interest.
Most important of all, this is a place where fishermen’s tales need not be tall stories!
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