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Gone Fishing… in Zimbabwe

Sue Derwent | IOL Travel   in  ·
October 24, 2014

Harare – Houseboating on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe is possibly one of southern Africa’s most iconic holidays. And after four days of floating around in the sun, watching birds, checking ellies strolling through the grass at the water’s edge and doing a spot of tigerfishing, I can see why.

Generations of Zimbabweans, Zambians and South Africans have headed off to the lake during their long weekends and holidays to spend time with family and friends on this vast expanse of water surrounded by the best of the African bush.

Four days of doing exactly nothing, but relaxing, reading, sunning myself on the deck of the Lady Jaqueline houseboat, eating, sleeping and occasionally dipping myself in the on-deck plunge pool, was definitely something I could get into.

My partner, who is more hooked on fishing (pun intended), had dreams of spending hours on the boat, drinking beer and catching tigerfish.

I am happy to report that all dreams were fulfilled – even though not quite in the manner we had hoped, because, as it turned out, Mr Fishing ended up sleeping and eating and I was the only one who caught a tigerfish.

However, we won’t dwell on that.

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