The Ponty Houseboat is a 16m monohull houseboat. Since January 2018, she is moored in a beautiful harbour in Binga in front of the owners, Wayne and Cheryls home. Binga is a little rural town on the shore of the Zambezi River at Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe.
The boat is powered by two 2.5litre Nissan Diesel engines. A generator provides 220Volts of electrical power to operate the fridge and 4freezers when the boat is out on the river.
The houseboat has two decks and accommodates 14 clients, but we have found 12 is a very comfortable number for the staff and for the clients to have a bed each in bedrooms. A lot of clients like to sleep on the top
Upstairs there is a spacious deck which is ¾ covered with a shade roof. The whole top area of The Ponty Houseboat is open on all 4 sides to make the most of the light, cool lake breezes and beautiful scenery. If the weather changes there are canvas drops on the sides. A dining table with 10 chairs and a serving table can be found on the top deck. A captain’s table and 8 bar stools are situated upstairs, this can be moved into the sun next to the plunge pool or kept under the shade port. A large gas braai is situated on the top deck near a lounge area where you can chill out and take in your surroundings. Two Zambezi chairs are an alternative if you don't want to be in the splash pool. There is a freezer upstairs where clients keep all their drinks cold. Most clients of the Ponty Houseboat like to sleep upstairs on mattresses which are provided with mosquito nets especially on those warm summer nights under the starry skies.
The bottom deck of the Ponty Houseboat consists of the 5 bedrooms, open plan kitchen, lounge and the back deck. Every bedroom has an overhead small fan. These are run off an inverter battery system. This system is charged in the day by the generator. All the hot water is provided by a gas geyser. Two of the double bedrooms share an inter-leading shower, loo and basin. The other double bedroom has a shower, loo and basin en suite. The twin and triple bedrooms use a communal shower, loo and basin. There is a linen cupboard, pantry cupboard and a linen room. All downstairs beds have tented mosquito nets. All bedrooms also have large windows to let in the lake breezes and beautiful views can be seen from every bedroom. Each bedroom is named after a tree found in Binga – Baobab, Marula, Teak, Ilala palm, Acacia and Mopane. The Large kitchen consists of a 5 plate gas stove, fridge and two freezers, and large working area. Hot and cold water. Adjoined to the kitchen is an open plan lounge area suitable to have meals if the weather is a bit cold or windy.
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