We stayed over New Year, and really loved the romantic setting of the resort, the fishing + bird-watching opportunities, or just chilling out by the pool or near our room. I caught my first 4 fish ever (a real thrill) and deepened my tan. The room's aren't lavish, but the mosquito nets work and the beds are quite comfortable, (although some rooms nearer neighbouring properties have to suffer the noise of their big generator). The scenery is truly magnificent and the waiters and game-drivers are really kind and helpful.
The problem is, the owner hasn't invested in the place and the staff are demoralised. The generator is too small for a resort with over a dozen chalets, and the chalets themselves need an upgrade. The gardens are over-grown and (as if by magic...) a gardener only appeared on the day the owner's daughter came to stay... The game-drive truck broke down once with teenagers having to walk back through the bush where lions are, as did the boat. The chef went AWOL on New Year's eve and the chap who had been on his feet all day cooking had to be brought back... To be fair, he and his team produced a fabulous spread but it was clear that it was all touch and go for a while.
The staff deserve much MUCH more support from the owners than they get currently, and much more money to help turn what is a beautifully located resort into the perfect holiday retreat.
- 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