Plying the waters of Lake Kariba, and the Chobe and Zambezi rivers in Southern Africa, the houseboat-style Zimbabwean Dream is a refined sanctuary in which guests can relax and relish the natural wonders unfolding around them. Built in 2020, the premium ship measures 108 feet long and 26 feet wide, accommodating 18 passengers (plus 16 staff-crew) in eight cabins. Its identical sister ship, African Dream, debuted in 2018.
As opposed to traditional river cruises, which move each day from one destination to another, Zimbabwean Dream spends its time on the world’s largest artificial lake, offering the best water- and land-based sightseeing and wildlife-viewing experiences in the region. It’s an excellent way to visit three African countries on a combined cruise/land safari.
Each of the six 183-square-foot cabins on the three-deck ship are located on the lower Main Deck and feature wall-to-wall windows. Cabins are outfitted with modern amenities, including a bathroom with sink, shower, toilet, hairdryer, towels and bath amenities, air-conditioning, a safe, 220V electricity and adapters for most countries, a DVD player and screen with films available, lounge chairs and exterior sofas, a welcome basket, storage space and binoculars, upon request. Six of the cabins feature a French balcony (with floor-to-ceiling windows opening to a railing), while two have a small private terrace.
A cabin for three guests is available as needed. If two adults and a child are sharing the room, a spare bed measuring 59 inches by 31 inches can be supplied.
Zimbabwean Dream imparts an indoor/outdoor feel with large windows allowing in natural light. The reception desk and cruise director’s office are located on the Upper Deck, as are the restaurant, the Lounge Bar, the Aft Terrace (with outdoor seating for alfresco dining) and the jacuzzi. The midship Sundeck features a spacious terrace with shaded seating. Bright, contemporary décor is used throughout the ship, blending warm wood, local fabrics and soothing colors with local artifacts.
Guests gather for meals in the casually elegant restaurant and for cocktails in the ship’s lounge bar. Tables of varying sizes accommodate all guests and offer panoramic views while dining. The menu is set; there is no a la carte dining available. All menus (and other printed information throughout the ship) are available in English only, though the main languages spoken onboard are English and French.
An English-speaking guide remains on the ship for the duration of the cruise and accompanies guests on shore excursions. The ship carries a crew of 10 overall.
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|Length||108 Feet / 33 Meters|
|Beam||26 Feet / 8 Meters|
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