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Zambezi Cruise and Safaris Transcruiser on ‘the move’By Byran Rocher, Zambezi Cruise Safaris
The MV ‘Zambezi Adventurer’ is on the move. 16 truckloads of components have started the epic journey from Johannesburg to Lake Kariba.
The 53 meter long and 11 wide Transcruiser, built in South Africa, will be reassembled and finished in Kariba. With 28 cabins, all en-suite and air conditioned with stunning full glass views directly out to the lake, 2 swimming pools, 2 large air-conditioned bar-dining/lounge areas and numerous outdoor decks, she will be the largest vessel ever to work on Lake Kariba. The MV ‘Zambezi Adventurer’ is set to be launched at the latter end of 2020 with bookings being available for 2021.
She will traverse Lake Kariba with 3-night cruise between Binga and Kariba, alternating direction every 4-5 days in peak Safari season, April – October inclusive, and weekly from November to March.
1st (Lower) deck will comprise of 10 standard twin-bedded cabins with an additional 2 Pullman Bunks (fold out of the wall) enabling each cabin to sleep up to 4 pax. The 2nd (Mid) deck will house 14 premiere cabins that can either be doubled bedded or twins. 4 larger cabins will grace the top deck, each with a private balcony.
The 3 night epic cruise will depart from the harbour at mid-day, allowing time for inbound/outbound travellers to arrive from Mana Pools/Hwange/Chobe/Lusaka/Victoria Falls/ Livingstone etc. and cruise to her first evening’s stop, for optional water based activities, including game viewing, birding, fishing or just enjoying the scenery and sundowners from her 4 x 18 pax tender boats.
The transcruiser will dock in either Binga or Kariba on the 4th day – mid morning for onward flight or road transfers, or add on a night or two in Kariba at Kariba Safari Lodge or Crowned Eagle Boutique Hotel or in Binga at Masumu River Lodge or Kulizwe Marina Lodge.