OB Joyful  is a 70Ft double decked pontoon style houseboat taking up to 12 passengers but 10 for comfort.  There is a crew of 4 being the Captain, Captains’ Assist/On-board mechanic, Chef and Deckhand and they have their own cabins and ablutions.  Two motorised tender boats are supplied (at no extra cost) but these boats are to be driven by the crew of OB Joyful only.


  • 2 x Twin Cabins * En-suite Toilet * Shower * Hand Basin * Air Conditioned situated on the lower deck
  • 2 x Twin Cabins * Vanity Basin * Air Conditioned situated on the top deck
  • Separate Toilet with Hand Basin on the top deck
  • Separate Shower on the top deck
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen * 6-plate Gas Stove/Oven * 1 x Fridge/Freezer Combo * 2 x Freezers
  • Breakfast Nook/Dining Area * Air Conditioned
  • Back Outer Deck which leads onto the Bermuda Deck
  • Shaded and Very Spacious Top Deck * Drop down Blinds for weather protection
  • Covered Dining Area * Bar area with Bottle Cooler
  • Splash Pool with large Umbrella * Sun Deck with Lounges
  • Portable cot suitable for children up to the age of 3 years – parents to bring own linen for this.

Please note that the air-con units do not run through the night – they are switched off at 10p.m.


On-board Extras:

All linen and bedding is provided * Mosquito nets are supplied * Cleaning materials are supplied * Charcoal/Wood Braai – braais to be done on the shore and away from the houseboat* Portable Water Cooled Air-Con Units * Life Jackets * Equipped Wheel House * Landing Nets * Keep Nets * Square and Round Plugs – clients to bring own adaptors * Cooler boxes supplied for fishing/game viewing trips on the tenders.

Clients to Supply:  

  • Swimming Towels
  • First Aid Kits
  • Personal toiletries such as shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush etc.
  • Ice to keep drinks cold in the cooler boxes – we recommend 3-4 blocks of ice per day in the winter months and 5-6 blocks of ice per day in the summer months.
  • Adaptors for charging cell phones, cameras etc.

Moored:  Cutty Sark Harbour, Kariba.  A car park fee of US$ 2-00 per vehicle per night is charged and payable by clients on arrival at the harbour.

Boarding Time:  From 12:00hrs onwards – earlier times are available on request.

Disembarking Time:  10:00a.m. – later times can be arranged on request.


In the event of a “back to back” booking, disembarking will be 09:00a.m. and boarding will be 1pm.

Please take note:  The last night of the charter will be spent in the area of Antelope Island.