OB Joyful Houseboat

OB Joyful Houseboat

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.

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More Information About OB Joyful Houseboat

  • Accommodation
  • Specifications
  • Upper Deck
  • Lower Deck
  • Tender Boats


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.

  • 2 air-conditioned double cabins with showers en-suite (lower deck)
  • 2 air-conditioned double cabins with hand basins (upper deck)
  • 1 separate bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin (lower deck)
  • Separate toilet and separate shower (upper deck)

Remember that the air conditioners only run when the generators are on, and the generator is turned off at 10pm as per lake regulations.


  • Licensed to carry 23 persons inclusive of 4 crew members. However, no more than 14 passengers (excluding crew) are recommended for comfort.
  • 23 metres x 8 metres - upper and lower decks.

Upper Deck

  • The forward deck has a nice Jacuzzi (heated if necessary) and several sun loungers for those just wanting to chill out, relax and catch a suntan while cruising along the lake.
  • Wheelhouse plus 2 double air-conditioned cabins with hand basins Separate toilet and separate shower.
  • A large under cover aft deck with 2 tables and chairs, Bar, Large fridge/Bottle cooler.
  • This Deck accommodates 14 mattresses for those wishing to sleep out and not in their cabins Mosquito nets are provided.

Lower Deck

  • Galley
  • Crew’s quarters
  • 2 double air-conditioned cabins with showers en-suite, 1 separate bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin.
  • The wood panelled kitchen, saloon and breakfast nook is fully air-conditioned.
  • After deck with table and chairs, deep freeze, bottle cooler and Bermuda deck with shower.

Tender Boats

  • 2 x 40hp tender boats
  • 1 x fishing pontoon
  • Fishing gear is not supplied, please bring your own

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