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Big Daddy Reservations, Pasangano Building, 20 King George Rd, Harare
+263 4 705453 / +263 775220149 / +263 773517374

Big Daddy is one of Kariba’s most popular houseboats and is booked most months of the year. It can accommodate 26 people but we recommend a maximum of 18 adults. The rooms are fitted with luxurious beds and all rooms are air-conditioned. Every room has a fan running off the invertor system when the generator turns off. The upstairs area is one the best and most well known on any Kariba houseboat. It has 3 deep freezers/ fridges and two modern three door glass fronted under counter bar fridges. All fridges and freezers run off a 4.7 Kw Solar/Invertor system which means the generator does not have to be run during the day, resulting in great savings in diesel costs. The kitchen is well fitted and spacious and our chef Wilton is renowned for his spectacular meals. It has recently been refitted with new ‘fly by wire’ 235 HP Volvo Penta Engines, new Ampprop propellors and a totally new rudder system. The boat is incredibly smooth, quiet and fuel efficient. Average time taken to get to the Ume is 5 – 6 hours and trips to the Sengwa and beyond are possible and affordable. Cephas our Captain is a legend on the lake, having been with the boat since its’ inception in the early ‘90’s. His knowledge of the lake and his fishing skills are unsurpassed! The upstairs area has plenty of shade and there are 4 heavy duty fans strategically located to ensure you are cool, even on the hottest day. There is also a substantial sunning area with exceptionally comfortable sunbeds and cushioned bench seats along the edge of the deck. This all complimented with a beautiful teak bar alongside the popular jacuzzi.

Boat Number: 
KF 639
Max Pax: 
Number of Cabins: 
5 Rooms total, 3 Twin Cabins with en suite, 1 queen size room, 1 king size room en suite.
Number of Crew: 
3 permanent crew. Captain, chef and deckhand. Optional extra deckhand for large numbers.
All cabins. Generator runs until 22.00
All rooms have fans running off an invertor system
Swimming Facility: 
Cruising Speed: 
10 -12 Km/Hr
Fuel Usage: 
220L diesel per day
Tender Boats: 
1 x Sportster with 90 hp Suzuki (5 pax), 1 x Skimmer with 40 HP Suzuki (8 pax)
4 en suite, 2 in passage
4 en suite high pressure, hot and cold water; 1 in passage high pressure, hot and cold water.
Plug Points: 
13 Amp (square 3 pin) – all on invertor system.
Entertainment System: 
500W Bluetooth/Aux music system with USB charger
Child Friendly: 
Yes, netting all round.
Moored at: 
Boarding Times: 
10.00 am
Average Price: 
From $850.00 per night
Rates Include: 
Three crew members All linen Towels Ablution supplies Cleaning materials Two tender boats
Rates Exclude: 
Diesel for boat and generator. Fuel for tender boats. Food, drinks and ice. The optional deck hand is at an additional cost if required. The houseboat and tender boats go out fully fueled and these are filled up on return to harbor at the customer’s cost.