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5 Nights - Protea Southern Belle Tour

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The Southern Belle is a magnificent 55-meter vessel, boasting 3 decks and 21 air-conditioned en-suite cabins. This luxury boat is located at Manchinchi Bay on Lake Kariba, about an hour's drive from Lusaka. It offers . .
Country: Zambia
City: Siavonga
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Cruise Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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The Southern Belle is a magnificent 55-meter vessel, boasting 3 decks and 21 air-conditioned en-suite cabins. This luxury boat is located at Manchinchi Bay on Lake Kariba, about an hour's drive from Lusaka. It offers two-night tours of Lake Kariba and alternatively, it is available for full charter. The Southern Belle is one of the largest and most luxurious houseboats in Southern Africa and offers three-star accommodation.

Luxury Cruises

The Southern Belle is well suited to both leisure and business cruises, offering spectacular views, stunning sunsets, wonderful relaxation, and a range of activities. The three decks offer comfortable and spacious public areas where guests can enjoy the surroundings in groups or in more secluded private spots.

It is stationed on the Zambezi River along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe on Lake Kariba, one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. Lake Kariba covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers and is home to several islands, including Maaze, Mashape, Chete, Sekula, Sampa Karuma, Fothergill, Spurwing, Snake, Antelope, and Bed Island.

The boat was built in 1995 and fully refurbished in 2010. All the original décor and furnishings were replaced with a more contemporary feel whilst retaining the classic design elements of a steamboat. Old generators were replaced with more energy-efficient alternatives and water heating systems now run on solar energy.

Accommodation on the Southern Belle

The Southern Belle has three decks with 21 en-suite cabins which are modern, light, and airy. All cabins come with satellite television, air conditioning, electronic safes, and electronic door locks. The cruise boat also offers a conference room, lobby, sundry shops, restaurant and bar, and a top deck with bar and swimming pool. Accommodation options on the Southern Belle:

One outward-facing presidential cabin with a double bed and private balcony

Four outward-facing suites each with one double bed

10 outward-facing double cabins each with one double bed

Four twin cabins each with two single beds

Two triple cabins each with three single beds

Entertainment on the Southern Belle

The first deck has an outdoor splash pool with a lounge area at the front. Inside the first deck is a spacious lounge with a dance floor, reception, sundry shops, and an open-plan bar area. You will also find a separate more formal dining room, the Kariba Restaurant, on this deck. When the Southern Belle is stationary at its base station, the restaurant is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast: 06:00 hrs to 9:00 hrs

Lunch: 12:30 hrs to 15:00 hrs

Dinner: 19:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs

The second deck houses the accommodation cabins and the third deck offers another spacious seating area with a bar and a braai (bbq) area.

Days on the Southern Belle are relaxing while the evenings present an opportunity to sample good food and wine. On selected evenings movies are shown in the conference room from 20:00 hrs.

Excursions are also available from The Southern Belle. It has three tender boats to ensure fishing enthusiasts have access to the best fishing on the lake, including the intrepid Lake Kariba tiger fish. A village cultural tour is offered to guests, providing an opportunity to meet local people and experience their way of life. A bush walk on some of the nearby islands is another option.

Conferencing on the Southern Belle

The conference room is on the third and top deck. It can comfortably host up to 30 delegates in a classroom style and 20 delegates in a U shape.

The conference room has a private verandah which offers a unique experience and an alternative venue for corporate retreats and conferences. Hire of the conference room includes writing pads, pens, mints, cordials, water, white boards, soft boards, screen, markers, flipcharts, paper, and a data projector.

Southern Belle Packages

The Southern Belle is available for full charter bookings. Individual bookings are also possible on selected dates, normally for two nights.

Charter packages can be booked as one to five-night cruises, with the option of additional nights. Charter cruises are tailored to suit each group's needs.

Southern Belle packages exclude beverages but include accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea breaks, activities, VAT, and service charges.

Southern Belle Information

21 air-conditioned en-suite cabins

Satellite TV

Electronic safes and door locks

Secure parking at the base station



Swimming pool

Conferencing facilities

Excursions available

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