6 of the best houseboats in Southern Africa

Posted on 19 March 2019

Take to the water for a holiday with a difference in one of these wonderful Southern African houseboats.

1. Nirvana houseboat, Langebaan

Just off Kraalbaai in the West Coast National Park is Nirvana houseboat, which sleeps 22 people. Permanently moored in Kraalbaai, on the Langebaan Lagoon, the houseboat is great for a water-based holiday of fishing and swimming, or as a base for exploring the delights of the area, including the Postberg Flower Reserve. For smaller groups, book the Larus houseboat which sleeps six. From R2,600 a night for Larus and R12,700 for Nirvana.


Tel: 0215260432
Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kraalbaailuxuryhouseboats.com

2. Shayamanzi houseboat, Lake Jozini

All is clam on Lake Jozini…until you stick your toes in the water or put a sardine on the end of your fishing line. All kinds of teeth are lurking under the surface for a game catch. Image Credit: Teagan Cunniffe

See a different side of KwaZulu-Natal from the decks of Shayamanzi I or II on Lake Jozini. Anglers can get their kicks fishing for the lake’s famed tiger fish – this is the only place in South Africa they’ll find them. Other activities from the boat include a guided rhino walk in the Pongola Nature Reserve. After a full day, relax in the spa bath before retiring to your comfy bed. From R2,168 a person sharing a night including all meals and fuel. Drinks excluded.


Tel: 0344132299
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.shayamanzi.co.za

3. Knysna Houseboats, Knysna

Image Credit: Knysna Houseboats

These newly refurbished self-drive houseboats, previously operated by Lightleys Holiday Houseboats, are luxurious and fully equipped. Suitable for up to 4 adults or a family of 5, there’s a fore-cabin with a double bed and bench seat that doubles as a child’s bed. Another double bed converts out of the inside dining area. The galley has a stove, oven, electric fridge, sink and all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. Outside there’s a braai and sun deck to take in the Knysna views. Low-season rates from R725 a person sharing, excluding fuel. A minimum stay of 2 nights is required.


Tel: 0443822802
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.knysnahouseboats.com


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4. Liquid Living, Vaal River

Image Credit: Liquid Living

Drift along the Vaal Meander in an exclusive, luxury houseboat, Liquid Living, the new houseboat from Liquid Lounge that comfortably sleeps 10 people. Enjoy peace of mind knowing a professional skipper is at the helm and a private chef will prepare all meals. Take advantage of activities along the Vaal Meander, including farmers’ markets and dinner specials. From R900 a person sharing a night.


Tel: 0169823411
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.liquidlounge.co.za

5. Zambezi Trader, Lake Kariba

Image Credit: Zambezi Trader

The Zambezi Trader cruises one of the four largest man-made lakes in the world in style. Sip cocktails on deck or view game on the banks of Lake Kariba from a smaller boat. The houseboat has twin rooms, family cabins and a honeymoon suite and can accommodate up to 50 guests. For a New Year’s party with a difference book the entire boat.


Tel: +2634744114
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.zambezitrader.co.zw


6. Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

Image Credit: Zambezi Queen

Ultimate luxury awaits on the border between Namibia and Botswana. Each room on the Zambezi Queen has a private balcony and the dining room has 360-degree views of the river and banks, so you never miss an opportunity to spot game. The crew arranges entertainment such as stargazing and a visit to Impala Island, the meeting point of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. From R16,170 a person sharing, for two nights.


For travel packages including flights and transfers contact TLT here.

Tel: +2634745785
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.zambeziqueen.com

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