Zambezi Trader

Zambezi Trader

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly Zimbabwean ambassador for Kariba and the Great Zambezi, Hugo Ribatika, has organised a boat cruise on the Zambezi Trader luxury passenger ship from Kariba to Victoria Falls to expose people to the wonder.


The move is meant to promote one of the country’s seven wonders, the Mythical Kariba and Great Zambezi.

The once-in-a-lifetime cruise will see 60 people being driven to Kariba from Harare by a luxury coach on August 29 and returning on September 1.

They will depart Kariba for Victoria Falls aboard Zambezi Trader at midday arriving in Victoria Falls on August 29th where they will spend the afternoon fishing and game viewing from tender boats at Gordons Bay, Kariba. That evening the Zambezi Trader will depart Gordon’s Bay around sunset 18h15, cruising overnight to Luzilunkulu.

Friday 30th August they arrive at Luzilunkulu at 5h30 and spend the day exploring the river (Fishing and game viewing) and are due to depart at 18h00 making its way to Binga overnight.

Arriving in Binga at 6h00, the guests will board the bus at 7h00 with packed breakfasts and travel to Victoria Falls for the day.

Activities have been organised in Victoria Falls, with lunch being served at the Elephant Hills Hotel.

Presidential Suite on the Zambezi Trader

Presidential Suite on the Zambezi Trader

The entourage will then depart from Victoria Falls to board the Zambezi Trader at sunset that evening to cruise back to Kariba overnight arriving at 12h00 the following day. While in Kariba, guests will have an opportunity to tour the Kariba Dam wall.

Viewing game from the water is an unforgettable experience and one can unwind in comfortable surroundings, while watching animals drinking from the lake or grazing by the shore line.

The boat also provides other recreational options such as darts, board games, deck courts, swing ball on its C deck.

Fast facts about the Zambezi Trader:
Capacity for a day trip 150 Guests
Capacity for overnight trip 50 Guests
Number of cabins 23 (16 en-suite twins, 2 x 4 sleeper family bunks cabins, a double en-suite cabin, 5 luxury double en-suite cabins, 3 public bathrooms)
Number of decks 3
Length of the Zambezi Trader 160ft
Type Steel hull pontoon ship
Powered by 2 x 200HP Diesel Marine Cummins engines
Cruising speed 7 Knots
Facilities Pool/Sun deckExpansive lounge/bar/dance floor areaConference roomDining saloon2 VerandahsLarge open air sundowner deck


Guests can also do other activities such as fishing and swimming.

Local DJs will also be on the Zambezi Trader B deck bar entertaining guests.

The top quality DJs will have a wide variety of music to suite different tastes and to ensure the best party ever in an awesome atmosphere.

Ribatika said he was excited about being a UNWTO ambassador as it had always been his dream to represent the country.

Lounge / Bar Area on the Zambezi Trader

Lounge / Bar Area on the Zambezi Trader

“I want to create awareness and disseminate information on the wonders that we have been tasked with, the Mythical Kariba and the Great Zambezi. Whilst many of Zimbabwe’s wonders are natural, there is every reason to celebrate the man-made Kariba Dam which is just about the largest formation of its kind in the world,” he said.

The UNWTO General Assembly will be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in Victoria Falls and Livingstone respectively from August 24 to 29.

Forty-five brand ambassadors were selected to showcase what Zimbabwe had to offer ahead of the general assembly.

Some of the ambassadors include Oliver Mtukudzi, Shingi Munyeza, Ozias Bvute, Douglas Mboweni, Peter Ndlovu and Tawanda Nyambirai.

“My primary objective as a UNWTO ambassador is to make Zimbabweans aware of the many benefits that will accrue to Zimbabwe from tourism particularly its socio-economic contribution to Zimbabwe,” Ribatika said.

Sundowners on the Zambezi Trader

Sundowners on the Zambezi Trader

“I have, therefore, organised the boat cruise to expose people to Kariba by showing them what the place has to offer. A lot of people travel out of the country for holidays yet one can have a better holiday in Kariba.”

Ribatika added that the boat cruise was initially meant to be held this last weekend, but had since been moved to the end of the month because Zambezi Trader officials said they could make the boat available all the way to Victoria Falls instead of just Kariba.


By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 19 August 2013