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The following, is our suggested itinerary. It includes a good mix of the scenic destinations, fishing hot spots and superb game viewing while being mindful of the daily fuel allocation.
Day 1: Antelope Island
Upon arrival at Marineland Harbour, The lovely Lady Jacqueline's crew will welcome you aboard. Dotted upon the 5000 square kilometres of Lake Kariba, you will find 8 islands.
Tonight, you will call one of these, Antelope Island, neighbour, as the Lady J moors nearby. Many a guest chooses to take advantage of the sandy shoreline and, weather permitting, we suggest the crew lights a fire for a beach barbecue. As the bream farms are located adjacent to the island, a record breaking catch may be included on the menu, if you wish to dip your rod in the water!
Day 2: Palm Bay
Our destination for today is Palm Bay well- known for lion sightings and their roar will be your lullaby this evening. Upon arrival, we recommend you take the tender boat up the Sanyati Gorge; 100m basalt high ridges plunging into the waters below and home to black eagles, klip springers and secret waterfalls tumbling into the lake. This cruise will take a full afternoon, arriving back just before sunset, a visual treat not to be missed! Kindly note that an additional park fee will apply.
Day 3: Gordon's Bay
We suggest that you linger a little while longer in this area well known for its remote beauty. Matusadona National Park is in Northern Zimbabwe and was formed in the late 1950’s.
Matusadona was proclaimed a non-hunting area on the 7th November 1958 before being declared a Game Reserve in 1963 and only in 1975 did Matusadona become a National Park. Its vast area encompasses a combination of pristine and rugged wilderness, magical mountains and is home to an abundance of wildlife. Back in the late 1950’s when Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station was being built and the dam wall constructed, the Kariba gorge was flooded and as it was home to thousands of animals along with the local Tonga people, relocation was required for the animals and people.
Rupert Fothergill lead a wildlife rescue operation that lasted five years, calling it ‘Operation Noah.’ The incredible project saved over 6000 animals which were largely relocated to Matusadona National Park. The Matusadona National Park, locally known as the ‘Matuzviadonha Hills’ stretch along the lakeshore between the Sanyati and Ume rivers. The word ‘Matuzviadonha’ means ‘falling dung’ and came from the common sightings of elephant dung seen rolling down the steep slopes on the escarpment. Should you wish, we can arrange a morning game drive on the historic Spurwing Island (additional costs will apply). We continue cruising to Gordon's Bay. This bay is famous for its elephant sightings and tiger fishing!
Day 4: Homeward Bound
We invite you to sit back and relax whilst soaking in the spectacular views, sounds and the magic of the lake on your homeward bound leg of the journey.
Alternatively extend by 1 night to take in a stunning, untouched wilderness; The Ume River. The Ume boasts one of the best game viewing areas on the lake as it is well serviced by the Bumi Hill Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU). Not only is there a one- of-a-kind game viewing experience but some of the best fishing. Unequalled views and an Al Fresco Luncheon on the top deck will indelibly be imprinted in your hearts and mind for years to come.