Matusadona Safari Cruiser – Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba’s Luxury Motor Cruiser


Not your average ‘houseboat’, Matusadona is certainly the most striking cruise boat on Lake Kariba. Harnessing the mighty Zambezi River  for hydroelectric power,  the massive Kariba Dam has a surface area of approximately 5,400 square kilometres of pristine waters and an abundance of wildlife–the new home of “Matusadona”, launched in December 2012.

Introducing Matusadona

Painstakingly built over a number of years, with all imported materials and finishes, “Matusadona” is the epitome of style and comfort on the lake.

Enjoy the ultimate in barefoot luxury on a family holiday aboard your private safari cruiser on Zimbabwe’s iconic Lake Kariba. Cruising the shores of one of Africa’s last remaining true wilderness areas, MV Matusadona is perfectly combined with a visit to the Victoria Falls and offers the ideal extension to a land based African safari.

Famous for its overwhelming sunsets, wildlife viewing and tiger fishing, Lake Kariba is surrounded by the Matusadona National Park and a number of wildlife areas on the Zimbabwean side of the lake.

MV Matusadona is the only motor cruiser of its kind on the Lake and is easily accessed from Kariba International Airport, the Bumi domestic airfield and from the safari lodges situated within the Matusadona National Park and surrounding safari areas.

Three spacious, air-conditioned cabins offer accommodation for up to six passengers. Each cabin is made up with a queen size bed and offer an en-suite bathroom.

Finished in African hardwood timbers and furnished with rich fabrics, leather and Egyptian cottons, Matusadona has been described as “an intimate luxury lodge on the water”. Measuring 28.6 m in length, MV Matusadona is the epitome of style and comfort on the lake.

Matusadona is accompanied by a speed boat and a game viewing pontoon for safari activies as well as a general tender boat.

Travelling to a different and secluded mooring every day, you will always awaken to a new experience. With the gentle lapping of waves, frequent grunts of hippos, the distant lion’s roar and the eerie cry of the Fish Eagle, you are in the real African wilderness, whilst cocooned in the lap of luxury.

On warm summer evenings, sip on refreshing cocktails in the Jacuzzi under the stars, or at the bar. It hardly ever gets cold on Kariba, but on the odd chilly African evening, warm up with a Cognac or a steaming mug of hot chocolate in the cosy saloon.

Matusadona is perfect for an amazing family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or simply a break from ‘real’ life. Step on board, it is time to relax!

Best Time to Visit Zimbabwe

With mild temperatures, virtually no rain and a low malaria risk, the dry May to October winter season is generally seen as the best time to visit Zimbabwe for game-viewing, although note that September and October are extremely hot and dry months.

Travel Documents
It is your responsibility to check the entry visa requirements with the individual embassy of each country you intend visiting prior to departure.