A houseboat holiday in South Africa provides a novel and snazzy leisure experience. Water has its own magical sheen and beauty by day, and a special lull by night. So why not bunk down on a houseboat in an idyllic water setting, on a choice cruise-and-snooze holiday in South Africa. It’s also a great way of celebrating a private, small-group event.
Shayamanzi Houseboats – Lake Jozini
Here’s one that’s especially good for groups, but also available to individual travellers. Travel up the Elephant Coast of KwaZulu-Natal to shimmering Lake Jozini, and board a Shayamanzi Houseboat. Majestic scenery features the Lebombo Mountains, Pongola Game Reserve, and of course the mirrored surface of Lake Jozini. It’s a prime spot for tiger fishing, for birding, and for game viewing from the water’s edge. The Shayamanzi Houseboat accommodates its cruisers in oak-panelled cabins with sliding window doors; all en-suite with shower, basin and toilet; and with plug points in the rooms. If you are taking just one cabin as opposed to a group booking, it would need to be on one of the scheduled per-cabin cruises on 10-12 Jul; 30 Aug – 1 Sep; 14-16 Sep; 30 Sep – 2 Oct; 30 Oct – 1 Nov and 14-17 Dec 2015. Mail us.
Knysna Houseboats – Knysna Lagoon
The Garden Route offers the fabulous Knysna Houseboats, lovely self-skippered ‘floating homes’ on the Knysna Lagoon, suitable for four adults or a family of five. Each boat is equipped with a fore-cabin providing sleeping space; fully fitted galley; bathroom with hot shower, toilet and basin; and dining area that converts to a double bed. Outside there is an open deck, barbeque facilities and a rooftop sundeck that offers glorious views. Spend idyllic days cruising, sunbathing at secluded spots along the lagoon, fishing and birding. Offshore, Knysna has many delights to explore. During high season a minimum three-night stay applies, and a minimum of two nights at other times. Mail us.
Kraalbaai Houseboats – Langebaan Lagoon
Here’s a great houseboat experience for group events: make your way up the West Coast and board a Kraalbaai Houseboat on the cerulean waters of the Langebaan Lagoon, a part of the magnificent West Coast National Park. These permanently moored houseboats accommodate up to 22 people, usually on a self-catering basis. Mail us.
Liquid Lounge Houseboats – Vaal River
Another waterborne experience – this one just for groups of up to 8-10 people – happens on a Liquid Lounge Houseboat on the placid Vaal River. Houseboat facilities include four double en-suite cabins, lounge area, fully-stocked kitchen, dining area, outdoor recreation area with bar area, barbeque facilities and cold water jacuzzi. Book your small-group trip on either a catered or a self-catering basis. Prices vary according to your catering choice and the amount of cruising time you select. The boat is moored at the Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark, and there is parking there for your car. Mail us.