Kariba Accommodation

The Boat

The Southern Belle is one of the largest houseboats in Southern Africa located on Lake Kariba, Zambia, which is the largest artificial lake in the world. It is located on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.Southern Belle main lounge

Lake Kariba is over 220 kilometers long and up to 40 kilometers in width. It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers. The lake is home to several islands, including Maaze, Mashape, Chete, Sekula, Sampa Karuma, Fothergill, Spurwing, Snake, Antelope and Bed Island.

The Southern Belle has three decks offering 21 en-suite cabins as well as a †conference room for up to 30 people, lobby, sundry shop, restaurant and bar, top deck with bar and a swimming pool. Ideal for both leisure and business cruises with spectacular views, stunning sunsets as well as a range of activities or wonderful relaxing holidays just soaking up the sunshine.

Each of the 21 cabins are en suite with a modern light and airy feel. Each cabin offers satellite television and air conditioning.

The three decks offer comfortable and spacious public areas to relax and enjoy the surroundings. The Southern Belle offers the ideal venue to appreciate Lake Karibaís well renowned sun sets and star gazing.

The conference room with its private verandah offers a unique experience and an alternative venue for corporate retreats and conferences.


Bumi has 20 front-facing rooms (10 Premium and 10 Standard), all with bath/shower, overhead fan, air conditioning, mini-bar, tea-coffee station and balcony or veranda. An exclusive four-suite villa may also on occasion be available by special application if more rooms are required. All rooms have a view over the lake but the 10 Premiums are sublime with awe-inspiring sunrise-and-sunset vistas over the lake, historic Starvation Island and game-rich shoreline. Larger groups may relish the adventure of additional "elephant territory" accommodation aboard luxury houseboats, just a two-minute transfer from the lodge.

Apart from safaris and other activities, Bumi Hills offers an array of facilities that delight our guests. At centre stage are the infinity swimming pool, terrace cocktail bar and the wellness spa, each with awe-inspiring vistas over the lake and the game-rich shoreline.Bumi hills pool area


Caribbea Bay hotelA short drive from the town of Kariba, on the shore of the lake, is a sight more in keeping with the blue waters of the Mediterranean than the heart of Southern Africa. African Sunís Caribbea Bay Resort, with its unashamedly Sardinian-style architecture and feel, great climate all year round and a host of water sports on hand, is a favourite playground for Zimbabweans, as well as visitors to the country.

Deliberately fashioned with a Mediterranean coast ambience, Caribbea Bay Resort is an ideal base from which to explore this unique part of Zimbabwe or just enjoy a sun-filled holiday in relaxed comfort. Sundowners on the pool deck, followed by an informal dinner in the Terrace Restaurant, then playing the tables at the intimate casino into the small hours, is only one of the leisure and lifestyle experiences awaiting guests.

This well-appointed resort with its 83 rooms, seven of which are suites, has so much to offer.


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