After roaring down Victoria Falls and snaking through the Batoka Gorge, the mighty Zambezi enters the waters of finger-like Lake Kariba, one of the world’s largest artificial lakes, bisected by part of the Zambian-Zimbabwean border. Whilst man-made, the lake melts into its dramatic natural surroundings, the jagged Zimbabwean peaks casting shadows across the rippled waters. It is the wild beauty that the Lady Jacqueline serves, resting in a nook on the far southeastern Zimbabwean shore.
Comfortably accommodating a party of ten, the plush Lady Jacqueline offers an alternative way to enjoy the magnificence of this part of Africa, drifting along the waters of these two nations. Moored in the town of Binga – easily accessible from Victoria Falls – she can be hired as a self-catered retreat or on an all-inclusive basis, catering to any traveller’s needs. Within the boat, guests can enjoy comfortable bedrooms below deck and bright reception areas fully appointed with sumptuous interiors, as well as a kitchen fitted with a microwave and fridge-freezers, making it easy to forget that this is not the usual hotel. Beneath the warm and easy African sun, it’s likely guests will want to lounge on the deck, admiring the waters that sparkle around them, and the wildlife that thrives here. Renowned for its healthy crocodile population, Lake Kariba is surrounded by national parks and game reserves, including Chete and Charara, which can be reached from docking at the water’s edge. From there, safaris await, winding through miles of unspoilt countryside and the buffalo, elephants and impala that call the region home.
Putting the beauty of the Zambezi to one side, the true beauty of staying on board the Lady Jacqueline is the very fact she is a boat. Unlike accommodation inland, she can move freely across this vast body of water, led by the experienced captain. Whether returning to Binga Lodge and its spectacular lakeside views at the end of the day, or mooring at a secluded sandy beach for the night, her travellers can be assured of an unforgettable African adventure on a luxury floating hotel.
Mooring up on a secluded sandy beach overnight
Need to know
Located at Binga – Kariba-4 and half hours drive from VicFalls Zimbabwe
Takes a maximum of 10 passengers
Can be booked on a fully inclusive basis
Road Transfers can be booked with Flame of Africa
T: 0027 31 7622424
F: 0027 31 7642681.
Words: Connor McGovern