by Zwanai Sithole
The luxurious boat stopped operating along the Zambezi River during the height of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown, following a major decline in tourists arrivals in the country.
Mlibizi hotel manager, Maxmillian Chigubu, told The Zimbabwean that the resumption of the boat should see the increased tourist arrivals ahead of the forthcoming Heroes holiday.
“The ferry docks in Mlibizi every Tuesday morning. It is ideal for tourists who want to spend the night on the Zambezi river on their way either to Kariba or back. Tourists from Victoria Falls en-route to Kariba can also use the boat,” said Chigubu.
“We are encouraging local tourists to take advantage of the boat to experience the tourism facilities in Binga. We have untouched hot springs as well as bream and tiger fishing,” he said. The journey by ferry from Mlibizi to Kariba takes about 24 hours.
Most tourism resorts in the country which had been shunned by international tourist s are beginning to record higher arrivals in tourists following the signing of the inclusive government in February 2009.