Westville, South Africa (PressExposure) October 17, 2008 -- Getting the Munitenge through the Victoria Falls border was quite a scene with 15 people shouting instructions from all directions as the driver and Thompsons team dug furiously below the boom for two hours, in order to manouver this 16m x 4.5m beauty through the gate, as she made her way to the Chobe River. The Munitenge, named after a local Paramount Chief of the Chobe district was ordered at the end of 2006 and officially christened by the Chiefâs wife earlier this year. âIt was a proud moment for us all as she set off on her maiden voyageâ, said Rex Kelly of Thompsons in Botswana. To celebrate the occasion its passengers included the District Council, Mr Gaowatsi Koketso, local suppliers and bankers as well as some friends and paddle reps.
The Munitenge is classed as a 50-seater, but can take the weight of 90 people. It is constructed entirely of aluminium and fibre glass and is therefore, despite it massive size, very light at under 3 tons. The pontoons are compartmented so if one or more rupture, she will remain afloat. She is powered by two 60-horsepower fuel-injected 4-stroke motors and, with her shallow draft, creates very little wake, which is important in an area sensitive to high-density boat traffic. A small viewing deck, with standing room for 10 passengers, is situated centrally upstairs. His and hers porta toilets are located at the stern and life jackets are availble on board in the event of an emergency.
âWe are very excited about our new additionâ, says Angela Shackleford, General Manager. âWe have experienced tremendous growth in affordable safaris in the region, which is really encouraging to seeâ, she says.
For more information contact Angela Shackleford on +27 (0)31 275-3841 or if you would like to tour the Chobe District visit [http://www.affordablesafaris.co.za]