The Phillipa Houseboat
Top Deck
Cabin with Twin Beds
Cabin Twin Beds
Cabine with Queen Size Bed
The Phillipa Staff
The lower deck swimming pool
Upper Deck Plunge pool
Tender Boat for fishing and sunset cruises

The Phillipa

Houseboat on Lake Kariba Zimbabwe

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  • Your money is safe, we pay your host 2 days after check-in.
  • 100% refund in the unlikely event the host cancels.
  • Changing booking details is always free.
  • Access to urgent phone line during your booking.
  • Book Co2 positive, we compensate 3 times more than we emit.

Houseboat highlights

  1. Safari on water
  2. Spacious cabins
  3. Fully catered or self catered
  1. Tender boats for fishing and sunset cruises
  2. Fully staffed and serviced daily
  3. 2 swimming pools on top and lower decks

Houseboat summary

The Phillipa Houseboat on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is one of those experiences you will remember. Game viewing as you sip Gin & Tonics. There are 4 cabins, 2 swimming pools, an in-house team of chefs and staff to make your stay luxurious as well as 2 tender boats for sunset cruises and fishing.

Houseboat description

The Phillipa Houseboat has 4 cabins sleeping 8 people and an extra top deck stretcher type beds for kids or those wanting to stargaze their way to sleep. There are a jacuzzi style pool on top deck and a bigger swimming pool below. The houseboat staff comprise of a chef (whether you choose fully catered or self catering), the captain to drive the boat and ensure your safety and a deck hand to service, clean and assist you on your fishing expeditions.

There are fans in all the cabins and 2 bathrooms with shower, basin and toilet. There is on tap reverse osmosis water and an ice machine.

A fully stocked kitchen, a dining table and bar on top deck with plenty of refrigeration.

Solar powered and a generator for electricity.

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Property type

Driving houseboat

Payment policy

25-75% or 50-50% or 100% (read more)

Cancellation policy

Security deposit


Check in/out time

Check in between 10:00 and 16:00.

Check out before 12:00.


4 Bedrooms, 8 Sleeps

Queen size beds: 2
Twin beds (2 linked single beds): 2


2 cabins with queen size beds, 2 cabins with twin beds.

2 bathrooms with shower, toilet and basin.

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Number of bathrooms: 2
Number of toilets: 2

Holiday type

Rural / countryside

Lake / riverside

Fishing. Game viewing


Fully equipped kitchen
Microwave / oven

Linen provided
Towels provided
Dining table & chairs

Staff on board will wash clothes and all cleaning is done by on board staff.

Indoor facilities


Outdoor facilities

Barbeque / braai
Jacuzzi / hot tub

Private swimming pool
Outside shower

Heating / cooling

Room fans




500 km

How to get there

You can get to Kariba by flying into Harare Zimbabwe and either rent a car, arrange a transfer or fly into Kariba. You can find out about flights on Kuva-air's website or contact us for info regarding transfers. It is a 5 hour drive from Harare to Kariba. There are also charter flights available. We can help on booking.

About the area

Kariba is a small town in Zimbabwe. The lake borders Zambia on one side and Zimbabwe on the other. The Matusadona Game Reserve is where you will be mostly passing by, with incredible game viewing from the houseboat. Once you board the boat there is nowhere to stop for supplies so you will load all supplies in the harbour.  

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Houseboat owner


The Phillipa is a family Houseboat on Kariba. I grew up going on holiday to this magical place as did my children. I live between Cape Town, Mauritius and Europe now but spent much of my childhood travelling Africa.

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