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Tiger Bay Resort
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“Amazing, unforgettable wedding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

My husband and I just got married on the Zambezi Trader and had the reception at Tiger bay. We had our guests on the Trader and at Tiger bay. All the food done at Tiger bay so all the guests where in and out for food.

We had a lot of guests saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to and we have to agree. Everything is so beautiful in that part of Kariba so the photos where amazing. Everyone relaxed and enjoyed themselves.

Tiger bay has always had a special place in my heart, I have been going there since I was a baby and I'm so happy to see it being restored. Zimbabwe has been through a lot I'm glad to see things changing for the better.

We look forward to many return trips in future and always treasure our time there.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank SarahJaneSymonds
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2012

VISIT TO TIGER BAY February 2012

During a visit to Zimbabwe of my daughter, her husband and two young sons we spent three nights at the remote rustic resort of Tiger Bay. Like most Kariba resorts it has suffered from a shortage of tourists, so has seen better days, but the staff went out of their way to make our stay a good one.

We sped over the lake in a spacious open boat powered by 2 x 85 hp motors and were there in 75 minutes in time for a tasty lunch. The chalets are thatched A frame on the bank of the Ume river with bathroom facilities en suite. I loved being able to lie in bed and look over the water as there was a full moon, listening to the Kariba night life. We took advantage of our three free activities and paid for two extra, going fishing 3 times; a game drive and a late afternoon game cruise, the latter being the highlight of my trip. The river was like glass and we got close to several eles and saw many antelope and abundant bird life and enjoyed throwing small bream to a fish eagle which swooped down to seize the prey, thus providing spectacular camera shots. What a tranquil setting to share chilled sundowners and revel in the peace and beauty of an African sunset.

As for the resort itself, the meals were more than adequate, and varied, with a full English breakfast and dinner was served under the stars. My only criticism was that the bar could have been better stocked, with a wider choice of beverages. But all in all I would definitely return.

Daphne Pitcairn

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Daphne P
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Harare
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2012

The boat crossing was hectic having a huge storm on the way over and rough water on the way back. The 60 Km boat trip takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Setting of Tiger bay is fantastic. Fishing very good and all close proximity to the lodge. Staff were excellent and really try their hardest.
The rooms are all in great location overlooking the lake, were fairly clean and functional but the whole place needs a bit of a facelift and some TLC. From our rooms we heard lion roar across in Matusadona on multipe occasions. All in all we loved the trip and with the travel from Harare and then boat trip to Tiger Bay we will definitely go for more than 3 nights next time.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Stefan H
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Harare
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

We (3 families including babies to teenagers) went to Tiger Bay on 16th February 2012 for 3 nights. After a rough crossing we arrived before midday to find the lodge virtually deserted as the staff were just returning from a break and did not expect us so early. However we soon got settled in and unpacked. Fortunately we had brought some drinks as the bar was not yet open as the ice was not delivered yet. Lunch was served later on and we started to relax and enjoy the holiday. Meals were always large and filling.

We had been to Tiger Bay before, including several times in the late 80's and early 90's. The resort however had become "tired" and somewhat dated and in much need of some refurbishment, which we believe is currently taking place (one room was closed as work was ongoing). Issues of concern included blocked shower drains, poorly lit areas (or no light at all), dangerous ceiling fans (much needed), peeling paint and cobwebs. We also had an infestation of ants one night. The pool was clean, but cloudy and over chlorinated.

The staff, led by Billjon, were quite superb. They put in 200% effort and nothing was too much trouble. Unfortunately they appeared to be limited by a lack of spares, tools and facilities.

It is a long way across the lake, often in bumpy or even stormy conditions (which make the 90 min trip quite unpleasant) but the location is fantastic. Good fishing and game viewing. With the planned refurbishments we hope that Tiger Bay will be restored to it former glory. We will be back at that stage.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Wayne W
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Harare
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2012

Pros: Affordable, great and friendly staff, plenty of activities - fishing, game viewing.

Average food,

Cons: It is a bit rustic so be prepared to rough it out a little...

All in all, a good stay, I would go back, well suited for large groups of friends and family.

Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Themba M
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

We arrived at Tiger Bay Lodge on 29 Dec 2011. We were booked in to stay 4 nights, we left after 3 nights. Had the Lake not been rough after a storm, we would've left after 2nights. The accomodation was horrendous. In 3 nights we moved 3 times and each chalet was just as bad or worse than the previous chalet. We feel totally cheated! There seems to not have been any maintenance done in months if not years at this Lodge. The people working there tried everything possible to make it pleasant as they knew we were very unhappy with the conditions and state of the Lodge. We tried to contact the owner as we wanted to make him aware of this poor state of the Lodge and our grievances. The owner was not reachable. I definitely would not recommend this Lodge.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Carryn W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

Had a fabulous 5 days in tiger bay. Being a pom and a bit scared of the bush I was a bit nervous about the chalets being open in the front, but it was marvellous to wake up to the sunrise, hippos, crocodile on a cruise, every morning. To sit up in bed with a cup of tea with that view was a joy.
The staff could not have been more helpful, Billjon the manager went out of his way to make sure our stay was a pleasure. Tongo who took us fishing and game viewing was a marvel, so patient with the idiot tangling up line, very knowledgeable about the wildlife , .One of the highlights was feeding the fish eagles, they were swooping so close to the boat you could have touched them.(bream fishing was fantastic by the way)
Food was lovely, far too much to eat over the five days but it seemed a lot of effort went into the preparation. Had the most fantastic bush braai on an island, a real 'Out of Africa' experience, lovely fire going, glass of white wine...totally amazing. and the night sky was out of this world.
I thought the accommodation was fine, very clean, thought the chap did a great job with the cleaning. Bedding and towels lovely, beds turned down every night. The pool was cleaned every day, we certainly made use of it.
Over all we had a fantastic time, so relaxing. Didn't really want to go back to Harare.
Can't really understand some of the negative feed back, but each to their own. The staff really work their socks of to make sure you have the best time.
FANBLOODYTASTIC. !!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Tiger Bay Resort

Property: Tiger Bay Resort
Address: Kariba, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland West Province > Kariba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Kariba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tiger Bay Resort is situated on the banks of the Ume River and overlooks the magnificent Matusadonha Mountain Range and National Park and is set on several hectares of shady forest on the steep western bank of the Ume River, an area which has been described by many as one of the most unique and scenic parts of Lake Kariba. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Tiger Bay Hotel Kariba
Tiger Bay Resort Zimbabwe/Kariba

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