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Old Willow No 7 Houseboat Charters

12 Reviews
Sleeps 40 in 8 rooms

Houseboats on the Vaal River hire a self-drive houseboat and be captain of your own river adventure...
Houseboats on the Vaal River hire a self-drive houseboat and be captain of your own river adventure on the Vaal Barrage. Cruise the 55 km of South Africa’s most dynamic, permanently navigable inland waterway. We show you the ropes, help you chart your course and you become skipper of your river adventure. And then we provide 24-hour backup support in the unlikely event that you might need us.

It really is a special experience. In the September 2006 issue of Getaway magazine, their photojournalist wrote: The Old Willow houseboats rank as one of the most fun and relaxing weekends I’ve ever spent within an hour of Joburg. In the October issue, Old Willow No 7 Houseboat Charters is the Editor’s Choice. And then the Getaway news editor identified us as her No1 weekend outing in SA in the Feb 2007 issue.

David Batzofin, writing for the Saturday Star Travel Section in Feb 2007 said: It had truly been a memorable experience, it was two very happy intrepid adventurers that returned to reluctantly hand back the keys at the jetty. We are the exclusive operators of new Leisure Liner houseboats on Vaal waters and our eight marine architect designed boats are manufactured to the highest safety specifications.

Our boats have everything you need. Just bring your clothes, food and towels. Please enquire about our food hampers. The houseboat can sleep up to five people. Inside it has a four-cabin with a double bed and storage space, a fully appointed galley with gas stove, oven, fridge and sink. A small heads with a hot shower, chemical toilet and basin, an inside dining area that converts into a double bed and a radio/CD player.

Outside is a sitting area under a retractable awning and a charcoal braai. Deck chairs are provided on the upper deck. Explore the vibrant shorefront attractions, docking at restaurants, bars, spas, golf courses and a casino resort. Try your hand at water sports. Enjoy house-spotting on Millionaires’ Bend. Take to the skies in a gyrocopter. Test your skill with a fishing rod.

Haul out the twitching kit. Light up the on-board braai. Or just chill out in a tube towed behind the boat. An easy hour’s drive south from Joburg and you can be on your own self-drive charter adventure. No special license required. Just bring yourselves and a sense of adventure. No single night bookings are accepted over weekends or peak season/Christmas and Easter. Please enquire about specials, pensioner and peak season rates. Please note that petrol is an additional cost that is calculated at the end of the charter. Our charters are extremely popular, especially over weekends, and it is often necessary to book a number of weeks in advance. So don't delay - request a quote now.
from R3290

Knysna Houseboats

4 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 6 rooms

Knysna Houseboats offers fully equipped, self-drive houseboats to spend your holiday gently cruising along in Knysna's beautiful and scenic...
Knysna Houseboats offers fully equipped, self-drive houseboats to spend your holiday gently cruising along in Knysna's beautiful and scenic tidal estuary. No experience or skipper's license is required and the houseboats can easy accommodate four adults or a family of five.

The houseboats all exceed the South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety requirements. They are your floating home away from home and offer a holiday with a difference. The boats have been fitted to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience. They all have the basic self-catering facilities with a full galley and bathroom, and guests can relax on the rooftop sun deck.

The boats have all safety equipment and life jackets on board, with a first aid kit and fire extinguishers. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a love for the outdoors, and we’ll make you captain of your own holiday. Please note that no smoking is permitted inside the houseboats.
from R1450
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Okavango Houseboat - Madikubu

Sleeps 20 in 10 rooms

Green Season Special   The newest vessel, Madikubu which means mother hippo in Setswana, offers a modern look and feel....
The newest vessel, Madikubu which means mother hippo in Setswana, offers a modern look and feel. Okavango Houseboat – Madikubu operates from Seronga on the Okavango Pan Handle and is ideally situated for self-drive or fly in enthusiasts who are touring the Caprivi or Namibia.

Hiring this houseboat ensures your exclusivity and privacy. There is no sharing with other guests and so you can dictate the day’s activities. You are left with nothing to worry about and nothing to do but relax. The houseboat has wood and brass accents in the bar and deck and has a one swamp cruiser and a licensed boatman and chef.

Enjoy exceptional birding and angling opportunities as well as a chance to view the rare Sitatunga antelope.
from R11449
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Okavango Houseboat - Inkwazi

Sleeps 23 in 11 rooms

Green Season Special   Okavango Houseboat – Inkwazi operates from Seronga on the Okavango Pan Handle and is ideally...
Okavango Houseboat – Inkwazi operates from Seronga on the Okavango Pan Handle and is ideally situated for self-drive or fly in enthusiasts who are touring the Caprivi or Namibia. Okavango Houseboats offers fully furnished, old-Africa style houseboats, accommodating 23 guests.

Hiring this houseboat ensures your exclusivity and privacy. There is no sharing with other guests and so you can dictate the day’s activities. You are left with nothing to worry about and nothing to do but relax. The houseboat has wood and brass accents in the bar and deck and has a one swamp cruiser and a licensed boatman and chef.

Enjoy exceptional birding and angling opportunities as well as a chance to view the rare Sitatunga antelope.
from R11449

Kholisa Houseboat

Sleeps 30 in 15 rooms

Kholisa Houseboat is the ideal accommodation to enjoy the full beauty and wonder of Lake Kariba. From the deck of the boat, guests get to...
Kholisa Houseboat is the ideal accommodation to enjoy the full beauty and wonder of Lake Kariba. From the deck of the boat, guests get to experience beautiful sunsets and fall asleep to the wonderful sounds of the African night. Lake Kariba is sure to amaze all nature-lovers with its wild and untouched shores.

The houseboat is 19 m long and three-storeys high, accommodating up to 30 guests. There are 13 cabins, most with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. It has a large kitchen and a spacious dining area, and there is also a bar and an entertainment area as well as a splash pool and sun deck loungers.

The house boat is perfect for large groups as it is self-contained. For those who prefer food from an open fire, there is a large gas barbecue on board. There are various board games available such as Monopoly and Scrabble, and the bar area has a MP3 compatible CD player.

A smaller tender boat is available for hire with Kholisa for fishing excursions and exploring the islands. Kholisa Houseboat is a lovely alternative for large groups and family and friends get-togethers.
from R10589

Delta Belle Houseboat

1 Review
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

The Delta Belle Houseboat is ideal for small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River safari. The houseboat is positioned in...
The Delta Belle Houseboat is ideal for small groups and individuals interested in an Okavango River safari. The houseboat is positioned in one of the greatest wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta, and is moored in the Panhandle region on the banks of the Okavango River in the small village of Shakawe, which is nestled in Ngamiland’s North western corner in Botswana.

This part of the Okavango Delta is a water wilderness with papyrus-lined waterways, riverine forests, seasonal floodplains dotted with numerous islands, tranquil lagoons, and crystal clear channels. It is undoubtedly an extraordinary place and home to a large variety of plants and trees, animals, bird, insects, frogs, and fish alike.
from R8500

Lady Jacqueline

Sleeps 15 in 7 rooms

The lady of the lake, Lady Jacqueline houseboat, is a beautiful 65 ft Cruiser with a cabin capacity of 10 people. She is fully equipped...
The lady of the lake, Lady Jacqueline houseboat, is a beautiful 65 ft Cruiser with a cabin capacity of 10 people. She is fully equipped and furnished with all the comforts that make a trip aboard her one of simple luxury.

Her spacious interior and ample deck area invite you to sit back and enjoy the very best of the “Kariba Experience”. She will take you from Victoria Falls to the sandy beach of Nyembra Island. You end off your journey in the Hwange Nature Reserve in true African style with a game drive to view the Big 5.

There is a spacious upper deck with a fitted bar area and a sunbathing deck with a splash pool. The saloon has a DVD home theatre system, colour TV and video as well a CD player and tape deck. A selection of natural history books and novels, videos, CD's, DVD’s, board games and cards are available.

If you are a keen fisherman, bring your rods, tackle and bait. Kapenta, the bait for tigerfish, can be organized for you from an outlet in Binga. Limited fishing tackle is available for hire from the crew.

Houseboat rentals on Lake Kariba are available for self-catered or fully catered charters. For those who wish to venture off the main houseboat, the tender boat offers the chance to meander through the bays in search of game or that perfect fishing spot. Lady Jacqueline is an ideal boat for the much-needed family getaway.

Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) with limited house wines, local beers, soft drinks and water. All activities including game viewing by boat, fishing and bird-watching. Limited fuel per day: 3 hours cruising time, 8 hours generator time and a caddy tank for the tender boat. Dedicated tender boat and guides
from R6090

Nguni Voyager

Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

We consider ourselves more than a houseboat and not just another lodge in Africa. Nguni Voyager is a luxuriously appointed, fully serviced...
We consider ourselves more than a houseboat and not just another lodge in Africa. Nguni Voyager is a luxuriously appointed, fully serviced and activity-driven floating lodge that operates on the Zambezi and Chobe rivers.

Nguni Voyager accommodates 10 passengers in either twin or double rooms. The houseboat is an exclusive experience affording you privacy amongst some of the most scenic beauty of the African savannah.
from R9900

Baobab Houseboat

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Boabab Houseboat is a spacious and luxurious self-catering houseboat on Lake Kariba, the world's largest artificial lake, and offers...
Boabab Houseboat is a spacious and luxurious self-catering houseboat on Lake Kariba, the world's largest artificial lake, and offers spectacular views, stunning sunsets, great fishing, and boating opportunities.

The houseboat boasts four bedrooms, and an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. The first bedroom contains a double bed, the second and third bedrooms each contain one single bed, and the fourth bedroom contains a bunk bed. All of the rooms are air-conditioned, and feature a shower en suite with a toilet and basin.

The air-conditioned living area includes a TV with on-board subscribed DStv. The kitchen is well equipped for self-catering. There is also a bar area on the deck, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
from R11251
Special Deal

Okavango Houseboat - Inyankuni

Sleeps 24 in 12 rooms

Green Season Special   Experience the beauty of the Okavango by staying aboard the Okavango Houseboat – Inyankuni. It is...
Experience the beauty of the Okavango by staying aboard the Okavango Houseboat – Inyankuni. It is a great option for large groups looking for a memorable stay in this picturesque part of Botswana.

This houseboat has two en-suite cabins with double beds. There are also other 10 cabins, of which each has two twin beds and makes use of shared bathroom facilities.

Guests can either choose to enjoy a catered or self-catered stay. For both options, meals will be prepared by the on-board chef. The houseboat also has a living area, a galley and a deck offering stunning views of the surrounding area.

A variety of nature- and water activities can be arranged for guests. These include canoe trips, camping and fishing. However guests choose to spend their time, they can rest assured that they will have a pleasant and unforgettable stay.
from R11449

Kilifi Houseboat

Sleeps 7 in 3 rooms

Experience life offshore on this charming houseboat. Situated in the Kilifi marina, this unique raft resembles a wooden house and is...
Experience life offshore on this charming houseboat. Situated in the Kilifi marina, this unique raft resembles a wooden house and is surrounded by tropical vegetation and blue-tinged waters.

Escape from modern living and the blues of day to day normality, here you can step off your veranda straight into the warm waters and take a leisurely swim to the dock, where a cool refreshment waits at the beach bar.

Beautifully maintained with wooden flooring, features and furnishings, one could say the houseboat glows with a well-loved warmth. Large windows open from each living room, and close with wooden-shutters; just picturesque.

The captain’s kitchen is fully equipped for simple self-catering and offers a breakfast bar with stools and bunk seat. One can catch a dingy to the shore and dine at the beach restaurant, or head off to town.

Three airy bedrooms accommodate guests comfortably, and the bathroom has a shower. Upstairs the lounge deck offers splendid views, and a cool shaded roof. What more could you want from life afloat.
from R2184

The Chobe Princess

Sleeps 26 in 3 rooms

The Chobe Princesses are located along the banks of the Chobe River, departing near Kasane only a few kilometres from the point where the...
The Chobe Princesses are located along the banks of the Chobe River, departing near Kasane only a few kilometres from the point where the four African countries meet namely; Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Each houseboat has an open-plan lounge, bar and dining area with unobstructed views. There is a plunge pool on middle deck with pool loungers and pool towels provided. The suites each have en-suite bathrooms and king-size beds that can be arranged in to twin beds.

From the houseboat activities include; game viewing by tender boat into the Chobe National Park, Tiger and Bream fishing, birding excursions and cultural village walks on Impalila Island.
from R9900

Zambezi Queen

Sleeps 28 in 14 rooms

Experience the thrill of a unique African safari from the deck of your own private suite on board a luxury 45-metre vessel based on the...
Experience the thrill of a unique African safari from the deck of your own private suite on board a luxury 45-metre vessel based on the magnificent Chobe River. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as this stretch of untamed water.

On entering the first deck, guests will find a well-appointed, air-conditioned reading room which includes a library of books and a computer with Internet access. This level also includes a curio shop and the cruise director’s office. The remainder of the first deck and the entire second deck contain the 10 Suites and four Master Suites.

The third level is the entertainment deck, which includes the dining room and an open-plan lounge area with unobstructed views, a computerized telescope for exploring the African night sky and a well-equipped bar with the finest wines and spirits. There are also two outside areas on the top deck, one which provides a shaded area with comfortable seating and the other which includes a plunge pool and sun bathing area.
from R17260

What A Pleasure Houseboat

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

What A Pleasure Houseboat is 65-foot pontoon located on the shore of Lake Kariba. It is child friendly and it offers guests a comfortable...
What A Pleasure Houseboat is 65-foot pontoon located on the shore of Lake Kariba. It is child friendly and it offers guests a comfortable and spacious stay.

The houseboat consists of three cabins, two of which offer double beds, while the third has two single beds. The rooms share the use of a bathroom with a shower a separate toilet. The crew consists of a captain, a cook and deckhand who have separate facilities.

Guests need to bring their own food, which the chef will prepare for them, and an all-inclusive option is available on request. The kitchen is equipped with two deep freezers, a microwave, and tea and coffee facilities. The houseboat has a spacious lounge, a dining area and a bar where guests can relax.

There is a splash pool, a Jacuzzi and sunbeds that are not covered. The lower deck has a small chill-out area which is under-cover at the front of the boat and is a great place to have a braai.
from R6089

Takamaka Houseboat

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Takamaka is a pontoon style 60 foot houseboat moored at Lake Kariba Inns harbour in Siavonga and can accommodate up to 12 people.
Takamaka is a pontoon style 60 foot houseboat moored at Lake Kariba Inns harbour in Siavonga and can accommodate up to 12 people.

The house boat offers four luxurious cabins accommodating eight people, and a top deck with a bar can accommodate an additional four people. There are two bathrooms each with toilet hand basin and shower with ample hot water.

Accommodation can be provided on an all-inclusive or self-catering basis, and the boat is fully staffed with captain, chef and deck hand. A tender boat is also provided, perfect for Tiger fishing or a sundowner cruise.

Includes charter of houseboat, use of tender with 5L petrol per day, diesel for mother boat and generator, services of crew, cutlery, crockery and linen for 12 beds. Excludes: fishing rods, bait, drinks, and food.
from R5700

Return to Eden Houseboat

Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Return to Eden is a large and spacious open-air pontoon-type houseboat. The boat has six double Cabins with en-suite shower rooms. The...
Return to Eden is a large and spacious open-air pontoon-type houseboat. The boat has six double Cabins with en-suite shower rooms. The crew members have their own Cabin on the starboard side at the front of the boat. The vessel is moored at Marineland Harbour near the Caribbea Bay Hotel.

The top deck is very large and partially covered with four loungers and a garden set, ideal for the sun lovers. There are two large dining tables with chairs, as well as a dining area for small children. There is a nice alfresco bar with stools on the top deck, which is fully roofed but has open sides with drop-down canvases. At the rear of the lower deck is a splash pool and extra mattresses are available if guests wish to sleep on the top deck.

There are two tender boats, one skimmer-type pontoon tender boat with a 25hp outboard engine and one sportster tender boat with an 85hp engine; they will cater for your fishing, game viewing and sunset cruises. These will comfortably carry 14 guests but an extra tender may be arranged by request at an extra cost.

There are two large deep freezers which are used to store ice, and the top deck houses one large icebox behind the bar. Catering, fishing rod hire, purchase of fishing tackle and bait can be arranged at an extra cost.
from R11621

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle

14 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Knysna Houseboat Myrtle is a self-contained cottage on the water. Anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, it's just a two minute dinghy ride away...
Knysna Houseboat Myrtle is a self-contained cottage on the water. Anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, it's just a two minute dinghy ride away from the Knysna Waterfront.

Myrtle is one of the original Knysna houseboats and has a lovely wood finish, both inside and out. With its two decks, it’s perfect for lazy days floating on the lagoon. From the deck you can enjoy views of the lagoon, the quays and the Knysna Heads. The decks are also perfect for relaxed sundowners, and if you’re up early you’ll find the sunrise quite rejuvenating.

The houseboat sleeps four guests on two double beds. The private main bedroom has its own deck. The boat has a kitchen nook with a stove and fridge and a hot shower and toilet. If you’re not keen on staying in, the restaurants at the Waterfront are easily accessible. Late nights are best spent around the fireplace inside.
from R850

The Ponty - Binga Kariba

Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Roaming the shores of Lake Kariba, this very comfortable pontoon houseboat, with five cabins is moored in Binga and is available for...
Roaming the shores of Lake Kariba, this very comfortable pontoon houseboat, with five cabins is moored in Binga and is available for charter, with or without catering.

Fully equipped, the boat calls one of the world’s largest man-made lakes home and offers guests a quality experience with an on-board plunge pool and tender boats on-hand to further enhance your experience.

A captain and housekeeper are available for catered trips, while self-catering is possible in the galley with fridges and freezers. On deck, the braai offers an authentic appeal that is ideal for warm evenings with the starlit sky lighting your way.
from R8580

Kiara Luxury Yacht

3 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Kiara is a classic luxury 114 ft super yacht. It is a superb, privately owned retreat moored in one of the most exclusive and scenic...
Kiara is a classic luxury 114 ft super yacht. It is a superb, privately owned retreat moored in one of the most exclusive and scenic locations in the world, the V & A Waterfront.

The lower deck has four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The master suite has a king-size bed and is located mid-ship with a lavish bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower. The second bedroom located aft has a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The third and fourth bedrooms located aft each have twin beds and en-suite bathrooms with showers.

The middle deck has a fully air-conditioned saloon area with a TV and an indoor cocktail bar area leading out to the middle aft deck area. There is a full gourmet galley and scullery. The dining room has an eight-seater table which can be used as a boardroom. The business centre is located in the boardroom and is equipped with a 42-inch LCD monitor for presentations, wireless Internet, a printer, a copier and a scanner.

The top deck is the tan deck located fore, and the aft section includes a 12-seater table, a bar area and a barbecue with spectacular views of Table Mountain.

A full laundry service is available and dry cleaning can be arranged. There is also a designated parking bay available to our guests.
from R2500

The Mermaid Houseboat - Binga

Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Moored in Binga, The Mermaid Houseboat offers a quality houseboat experience.

Fully...
Moored in Binga, The Mermaid Houseboat offers a quality houseboat experience.

Fully equipped, the boat is available for either fully catered hires or if you prefer, self-catering is available. The partially covered top deck with garden type furniture is secure behind a mesh railing, making it relatively child friendly. Downstairs the lounge is in an open-plan layout and the kitchen is fully fitted.

Catered options are only available for hires of three nights and above. The houseboat is fully crewed with a captain, chef and gillie as well as two tender boats to enhance your experience. Please note that fuel is not included in the quote.
from R9240
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