I don’t know many Zimbabweans who haven’t been to Kariba, but where does everyone stay? The last couple of times we have been we have stayed at Lomagundi Lakeside, because you can moor your boat there and stay in the large self-catering house as a family. Prior to that it was Charara twice for the Tiger Tournie. Now with things like Test of the Best underway and the Kariba Marathon in August, it got me wondering where else you can stay if you are a large family or group travelling together. Is there a big house, with all the things you’d expect from a hotel – Sports on TV for the guys, a pool for the kids, somewhere for the ladies to relax, where your meals are served and you can check email. By the way, did I say in Kariba? Sounds unlikely. But after a little digging I found the perfect solution. The Big House in Kariba!
The house is nestled on top of a hill, overlooking the lake and in the main bedroom you don’t even have to sit up in bed to see the lake. There is a balcony and fabulous open bathroom in the main en-suite, but all guests sleep comfortably in en-suite bedrooms, complete with large square mosquito nets and air con.
In between fishing, boating and game viewing, down time at the lodge can be spent in leisure by the pool, or simply relaxing in the air-conditioned lounge watching DSTV on the 42” flat screen, whilst surfing the web on their own wireless broadband, in case you need to stay connected to the world.
The kitchen is fully equiped with cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave and at an extra cost you can hire a cook during your stay. Perfect for total relaxtion and entertaining guests with no added stress to your day. There are cleaning staff who ensure fresh clean linen and towels are provided and the house is kept clean during your stay, you may even get your washing and ironing done for a very reasonable charge.
You simply have to arrive and relax. The house has a borehole and the property is secure, tranquil and quiet although you may have visitors in the form of Elephants and Zebra in particular. Buffalo, Warthog, Hippo and Impala have also been seen, even Lion on the very rare occasion. However you are completely safe with in the wall and electric fence, so its just a matter of sitting on the large verandah and observing nature at its finest.
A large dining table on the verandah makes for wonderful al fresco dining and with a great hiring supplier based locally, the Big House has been known to host some great parties and events too, right on the verandah which has ample space to accommodate a large number of guests for dining or conference options.
There is no doubt that a stay at the Big House will go down well with larger groups and families travelling to Kariba, whether its for an overnight stay before boarding a houseboat, or after spending a few nights at Spurwing. If you are holding your wedding in Kariba and need to book group accommodation, this is the perfect answer for anything between 10 and 14 guests, if some don’t mind sleeping out on matresses on the verandah.
If you are planning on visiting Kariba soon and would like to stay at a home away from home, then you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, breathtaking views, wildlife visits and complete peace of mind that the Big House offers.