We paid $180/night incl breakfast for two nights. We arrived when it was dark and drove quite slowly to reach the hotel because signs are hard to see in the dark. We eventually found it and there is a big petrol station called Total where you turn left from. You keep driving all the way down the windy road before reaching the hotel. There is a security guard at the entrance of the hotel.
Check-in was very easy and we were taken to our deluxe room. The room is quite big and basic – a large hard king sized bed, tv, combined bath/shower, airconditioning. There was a balcony but it was facing other rooms so we didn’t spend much time there. There is no fridge or safe deposit box in the room. They also say that it is safe to drink the tap water there as the source of the water is from the Lake and the residences drink that.
There was a good variety at breakfast – buffet breakfast with the standard hot food items, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, juice, tea and coffee. The view from the restaurant is amazing and you can see the Lake while eating breakfast.
We also had dinner both nights at the hotel. I would recommend doing the a-la-carte menu rather than the buffet ($25 pp). On the second night, we ordered from the bar which has a larger variety of food than the restaurant.
We also did tours from the tour offices near reception – game drive and sunset cruise. Both were a reasonable price and the staff was also very helpful about where to go in the area. One even took is to the dam observation point and kariba heights. This was helpful as we made our own way there later.
Service at the hotel is amazing – everyone was very friendly and helpful. We even had our car cleaned. There are baboons on the grounds and they like to cause havoc during the day (jump on cars). It’s quite amusing but we parked our car near reception to make sure the baboons didn’t come near the car. They say it is a resort and casino but the casino consists of 10 pokie machines. There’s also free wifi (limit of two hours per password) and you get a slip from reception. This was very handy.
This was the first hotel I stayed at in Zim so I’m not sure whether the price is reasonable.. things are expensive in Zim so i think it is a reasonable price considering it includes breakfast. There aren’t a lot of international tourists in zim generally so many hotels might not be up to scratch. You definitely need a car to get around Kariba or if you are part of a tour then it is easier. There isn’t really any public transport unless you want to take a Kombi. I would recommend this hotel to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caribbea Bay is the ultimate one-stop entertainment and leisure hotel in Kariba. With a dedicated play area for children offering a range of activities including the popular Supatube Waterslide, Caribbea Bay is the perfect retreat for family vacations. Not only that, but a choice of 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and an array of conferencing facilities makes this hotel the perfect location for business and leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Caribbea Bay Hotel And Casino Resort
- Caribbea Bay Hotel Kariba
- Caribbea Bay Hotel Zimbabwe/Kariba