By Daniel Chigundu
TOURISTS intending to go for a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River need not look any further than the Zambezi Explorer Yacht.
Pure Africa which owns the boat has been in operation for six years and has gained enough knowledge about the waters and safety issues.
Captain Daniel Sansole said at times they do two or three trips per day depending on the nature of the customers.
“We (Pure Africa) have been in operation for six years now and the boat is also six years old, sometimes we do three trips, at times twice, but we also do cruises, such as sunrise cruises, breakfast cruises, then for those that would want to see birds in the morning and then lunch cruises,’ he said.
The Zambezi Explorer has a 150 sitting capacity, was built to operate in a very fast flowing river with seasonal depth variations and is both eco-friendly and multifunctional, able to do river cruisers, conferences, dinners, and weddings.
Captain Sansole added that even if there are more customers on a particular day they do not overload the boat as they are not allowed by the law.
The boat was made by Gerard Demblon an internationally acclaimed boat builder and general manager of GDI (Pvt) Ltd a company famed for being the most reputable inland luxury boat building company in the Southern African region.
GDI has boats operating successfully in many of Africa’s inland waterways such as the mighty Zambezi River, Livingstone, Zambia; Kariba Dam, Chobe River, Kafue River, Zambia; The Capri Strip, Namibia; Cobbora Bassa, Mozambique; Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania and the beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, according to captain Sansole, Pure Africa operates four boats a 150 seater (Zambezi Explorer) an 80 seater boat, a 35 seater and a 6 seater.
In terms of experience, Captain Sansole holds a masters licence, which is the last licence in boat driving, there is a launch master class two, launch master class one and masters class licence.