A LUXURY Kariba package deal featuring three destinations over eight nights, described as a unique Zimbabwean tourism experience, was launched this week in
Harare to enthusiastic members of the travel trade and local tourism writers.
Local residents will be able to take advantage of some of the packages clearly aimed at the South African and greenback-earning travelling public, but the difference in rates totally underscores the alarmingly reduced buying power of the Zimbabwe dollar.
Holidaymakers from beyond our borders wishing to take advantage of an eight-night, three destination Kariba Club 52 package tour will:
* Fly British Airways/Comair from Johannesburg to the newly renovated Kariba airstrip return.
* Travel by high speed boat from Kariba town across the hazy blue waters of Lake Kariba (“the world’s largest water hole”) for an eight night all-in memorable vacation comprising:
* Three nights at the spectacular Bumi Hills Safari Lodge; two nights on a luxuriously appointed houseboat such as the Sandy B, then a final three nights at the breathtakingly lovely Tiger Bay Resort on the lake. They will enjoy for free:
* Some of the finest game-viewing and bird watching available in Africa (Bumi Hills is especially renowned for the wealth of fauna and unspoilt flora.) Game viewing is from pontoon or boat and escorted game walks with a knowledgeable guide are available. Birding walks are also with an expert guide and binoculars are provided for the whole visit.
* Angling for the mighty, fighting tiger fish from speedboat or pontoon with instruction, rods, reels and bait.
* Three gourmet meals a day, tea, coffee and snacks, free imported wines and spirits and local beers and minerals.
* Free luggage for the 10kg maximum of clobber and kit travellers are allowed because of air travel limitations. The luggage proudly boasts the new company’s logo, as does a free khaki bush shirt and baseball-type cap.
* If you think 10kg might not be enough for a week plus in the bundu, don’t worry because the package offers a free professional laundry service.
Beginning on December 10, South African visitors will pay R9 500 and others US$1 250 for this revolutionary new package concept introduced by Conquest Tours (Pvt) Ltd of 2 King George Court, Avondale.
Zimbabwean citizens and residents can take advantage of the same package (less the Johannesburg-Kariba return flight but including Harare-Kariba return) at $1 350 000.
Two sample menus picked at random show lunch at either Bumi Hills, Tiger Bay or on board the luxury houseboat offering a buffet of cold meats, salads and pickled fish with rolls and butter, followed by babotie and sambals, then fruit salad and custard, cheese and biscuits
and tea or coffee. Supper was mixed vegetable soup, braai with sadza, garlic bread, salads, gravies and sauces, then crème caramel, cheese board and hot drinks.
Peter Marchussen of Conquest Tours, who has been at Tiger Bay since 1989, said: “Once you have paid your travel agent, or booked direct, this is a completely cashless holiday. You needn’t carry a cent.”
Land-based accommodation is in luxurious mosquito-proofed thatched A-frame chalets far away from civilisation, but for those who want them cellphones and e-mails work and there are state-of-the art conference facilities for up to 40 delegates should you wish to combine business with pleasure.
Marchussen says the name Kariba Club 52 refers to the fact that the hotels and houseboat packages are available 52 weeks of the year. The club’s motto is: “Come as strangers, leave as friends.”
Further details: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel/ fax Harare 332450; cell 091 239 134.