The OB Joyful houseboat can probably be classed as semi-luxurious houseboat, the sleeping cabins and enclosed living areas are nicely finished off in wood panelling and they are all air-conditioned but it doesn't have the luxuriously furnished saloons of the Catalina or Lady Jacqueline.
The OB Joyful is a traditional "pontoon" Kariba houseboat which makes travelling a bit slower, but the advantage is the wide-open decks and plenty of space to relax and enjoy bird and game viewing, as well as the scenery. The OB Joyful is able to sleep 8 people in air-conditioned cabins which is it's advantage over The Abangane - that is, if you want to sleep in cabins.
It's a really nice houseboat at an affordable price and is mostly hired out on a self-catering basis, but a fully catered service can be arrange through an outsourced company.
The OB Joyful Houseboat is fully serviced with a crew of four to take care of your every need. The crew consists of a captain who has an excellent reputation on Kariba, a chef, a deck hand and a cabin attendant. The OB Joyful undergoes ongoing extensive maintenance and upgrading to pontoons, generators, main motors, propellers, rudders and gearboxes. New air-conditioners have been installed. New linen has been supplied. Current seaworthy certificate.
This boat is a pretty nice one and the price is great for self-catering, and if you want to go hassle-free, catering can be outsourced for you.
Remember that the air conditioners only run when the generators are on, and the generator is turned off at 10pm as per lake regulations.
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