Zambezi Cruise Safaris The Shikra

Zambezi Cruise Safaris The Shikra

The Shikra is one of the larger houseboats on Lake Kariba, with a maximum capacity of 30 people, with a dedicated staff of 5 crew members. It has 10 rooms, all en-suite and with two single beds which can be converted into queen-size double beds, and a fold-away bunk bed. All bathrooms are equipped with shower, toilet and a hand basin.

The biggest of the Zambezi Cruise Safaris boats, The Shikra offers plenty of open space for relaxing and entertainment and a rather large shaded plunge pool on the second deck. The lounge & dining area also on the middle deck are tastefully furnished with a beautiful teak & granite bar.

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More Information About Zambezi Cruise Safaris The Shikra

  • Accommodation
  • Specifications
  • Upper Deck
  • Lower Deck
  • Facilities


  • 10 air-conditioned twin cabins - convertible to double cabins (lower deck)
  • 1 fold-away bunk beds in each cabin (lower deck)
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, toilet and wash-basin (lower deck)


  • Cabins can take up to 30 guests on the Shikra Houseboat
  • 105ft. (32m) Double Decked Pontoon houseboat
  • 2 x Pontoon tenders with covered roof and fold away comfortable seating

Upper Deck

  • Open deck area
  • Fully shaded 4.5m x 2.4m pool
  • Fully air-conditioned lounge and dining area with 360 degree views of the lake
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Bar

Lower Deck

  • 10 Air-conditioned cabin rooms with vanity basins, shower and toilet en-suite Covered deck area


  • Crew: 5 - comprising Captain, chef and deckhands. A host can be provided at an additional fee.
  • 10 en-suite cabins.
  • 240V generator powers the lighting and wall sockets, as does a 12v battery system when the generators are not running. All plug points are UK Square pin (please bring suitable adaptors). Generally the main generators are switched off between 10 & 11pm as per lake regulations whereby the 12v battery system takes over until morning.
  • Fully equipped and air conditioned bar, lounge area and dining area
  • Large shaded pool on the upper deck
  • Television (for DVD's only) and modern sound system - music and DVD's not provided.
  • Basic fishing equipment is provided, but it is essential that any serious fishermen/women bring their own rods and tackle and make special arrangements for bait etc.
  • Braai facility
  • Two pontoon tender boats

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