on Lake Kariba
Conjure up this marvellous mixture: the perfect yacht - blue skies every day - Africa's most exciting lake, set in the huge rugged wilderness of the Matusadona shoreline - few people - a multitude of elephant, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, kudu and zebra, the majestic fisheagle, tigerfish and crocodile and a vast array of birds. The nights are mild, the days are warm and dry, the winds good. This is "T shirts and shorts" sailing like you have never done before!
The most innovative and successful new safari option on Lake Kariba itself.
The Wharram Tiki 30, a superbly stable catamaran especially adapted to suit tropical Lake Kariba is the perfect yacht for flotilla sailing in Africa's prime wildlife environment. The silence of the yacht allows close viewing of animals and birdlife. The flotilla includes a mother ship with experienced skipper and crew ensuring safety, appropriate "plan of the day" according to winds and wild life plus teaching of guests on sailing techniques if necessary. The mother ship will satisfy holiday appetites with prepared wholesome meals, blended with brunches and barbecues-self-done.
We offer 4 and 7 day sail safaris in season. These need to be booked well in advance. In addition we offer one day and overnight trips on request - these can be booked from our offices at Cutty Sark Hotel, Caribbea Bay or on the Heights in Kariba a day in advance. We recommend that you or your travel agent book day sails in advance if included in a planned itinerary.
The yachts are boarded from the Cutty Sark marina, close to Kariba. Transfer vehicles from the airport 12 kms away may be arranged, alternatively transfers from place of accommodation. The safaris are conducted during the winter season March to September, offering the best of the mild, dry, tropical weather and avoiding the summer storms and heat. Winds are moderate and temperatures average 24C by day and 12C at night.
To suit Lake Kariba's mild and warm winter climate, when days and nights are better spent in the open than below deck, the catamaran rather than the monohull were selected. The design originated in Cornwall, England, where James Wharram and Hanneke Boon by transatlantic crossings, have shown that the Polynesian concepts of centuries past still produce the safest cruising catamaran. The shallow draft makes for easy beaching, a powerful windward performance is achieved by a rig of gaff headed mainsail, that is an aerodynamic soft wing (no boom - no sore heads!) with a roller furling jib. In moderate winds the Tiki achieves 8 knots, in calm conditions and for manoeuvring the outboard motor gives a quiet 6 knots. A spacious central deck with 3m long seats on each side, provides comfortable lounging space as well as good helming positions. The large forward trampoline is ideal for sunbathing. During the night the forward part of the deck converts to a large double bed and the seats can sleep two adults or children in comfort. Each hull has a cabin with double bunk for privacy, galley and Heads are within the hulls. At night the deck and cabins are contained within a large net impregnated with insecticide, which is raised on a halyard. Hot water is provided with a hot water shower bag, chemical toilet, cabin lights, spotlight, life jackets, and a fully stocked ice locker.
The sail safari has an age restriction of below 8 years of age.
A maximum of 6 guests per yacht, the skipper must be at least 23 years old and reasonably fit.
All meals and drinks are provided although some are prepared by the guests themselves: tea and coffee with basics such as cereals, fruit juice, biscuits and cheese are provided in each galley however main meals are provided from the mother ship. Drinks do not include imported wines or spirits. Any preferences should be noted when making bookings.
No suitcases can be accommodated - guests should bring a soft bag with T-shirts, shorts, swimming costume and night wear. A tracksuit for cooler evenings and large sunhats should be included. Binoculars, cameras, reading material and games as well as personal toiletries, anti-malarial pharmaceuticals and sun preventatives should form part of personal baggage.
Sailing (sailing instruction and coaching for the inexperienced), fishing, game viewing, sunbathing and bird watching.
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