The Zambezi Explorer, one of the country’s largest cruise liners, was launched on the 9th June 2013 on the Zambezi River ahead of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly set for August 24-29.
The launch party was attended by 105 people, with the likes of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive – Mr. Karikoga Kaseke as Guest of Honour, The Chief of Victoria Falls – Chief Mvutu, and captains of the tourism industry and the corporate world.
The Zambezi Explorer is a custom designed 5-star cruise boat with the sole aspiration of rendering relaxation and reflection to its discerning passengers. Located on the Zambezi River, 4 kilometers above the Victoria Falls, it is moored at Explorer Jetty (formely Dabula Jetty). Its location provides a stunning backdrop to one of the most spectacular river scenes to be experienced in Africa, nestled among palms, jackal berries and mature mahogany trees.
The Zambezi Explorer is a beautifully crafted work of marine engineering offering various cruise options which include Sunrise, Lunch, Sunset and Dinner Cruises.
With a capacity of 140 guests, the cruise liner will cater for both leisure and corporate functions where the entire craft, or part of it, may be hired. Zambezi Explorer chief executive, Messias Maoneni, said the project would transform the cruising sector.
|Fast facts about the Zambezi Explorer:|
|Launched||9th June 2013|
|Moored||Explorer Jetty (formely Dabula Jetty)|
|Cost of building the boat||US$1.5 million|
|Total time it took to build the boat||15 months|
|Number of decks||3|
|How is it powered||Fully solar powered (eco-friendly)|
“We have invested US$1,5 million in this project which we believe is going to bring the cruising sector in line with international standards. We are looking at local, regional and international clients. It took us a period of about five years to make our dream a reality,” said Maoneni.
The three decked cruise liner will provide a luxury service where guests can choose from a wide range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of snacks. The third deck has a private bar where gourmet hors d’oeuvres and premium beverages will be served, and the décor is proudly ‘African chic’ mimicking the subtle hues of the savannah. From the rich tapestry of color inspired by the red earth, to the artistic genius of our peoples, The Zambezi Explorer showcases an African imagination.
All of the onboard electrical functions are powered by the sun’s energy through an intricate network of photovoltaic cells in an attempt to promote a greener destination.
Due to the efficiency of 4 stroke engines the vessel will operate daily with a minimum of 2 guests to confirm a departure.
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By: 5VictoriaFalls24 Date: 10 July 2013