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Houseboat back in Zimbabwe after Botswana refuse to clear it

by Staff reporter
14 Nov 2017 at 16:15hrs | Views
THE majestic "African Dream" which was stuck at on the Botswana side of Kazungula Border post as authorities in the neighbouring country reportedly refused to allow it into their country for almost a week is now going back into Zimbabwe, some are saying going to Binga now.

In October, Engineer Forbes Chimhoga who is part of the boat team said the boat was likely to return and operate either in Victoria Falls, Binga or Kariba.

The boat, whose 20 bedrooms can accommodate 32 people while it can also take 360 guests for weddings and conferences, took 10 months to construct at GDI Engineering in Msasa, Harare.

It arrived at Kazungula on Tuesday 10 October and has been stuck on the Botswana side after successfully being cleared on the Zimbabwe side.

The 30-metre Dream of Africa was destined for Namibia and was supposed to be launched on the Chobe River in Botswana before sailing into the Zambezi River. A French-based tour operator owns the boat which will be used for various activities such as conferencing, weddings as well as leisure as a floating luxury hotel.

It is supposed to sail on the Zambezi in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe waters and extend into Chobe River. The top deck will have a swimming pool and bar and is powered by two 600-hosepower Volvo engines.

Even Victoria Falls residents, just like the rest of the country, will be shocked that the African Dream which brought business to a halt in every town hasn't reached its destination.

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