Green Safaris are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking addition to their fleet of eco-friendly safari experiences – the world’s first electric dhow.
This innovative vessel, named the eDhow, is a game-changer for sustainable tourism in Africa and a proud testament to their commitment to reducing our carbon footprint while offering unique and unforgettable experiences for our guests. It is currently based at Tongabezi Lodge, just upstream of Victoria Falls, where guests can experience the tranquillity of the mighty Zambezi River with none of the intrusive fuel engine noises.
The eDhow, whether it is the first in the world or not, is a marvel of modern technology that runs completely silently on the Zambezi River. Powered by a 10Kw electric motor, the eDhow provides an experience unlike any other, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the stunning natural surroundings without the noise and emissions typical of traditional fuel-engine boats. Whilst sneaking up on dozy crocodiles might not sound appealing, it is rather unforgettable to do so from the safety of the boat.
One of the most remarkable features of the eDhow is how easy it is to recharge. The guides simply return it to the jetty and plug it in. Tongabezi is currently connected to the National Grid in Livingstone, which derives electricity from the nearby Batoka Hydroelectric Power Station adjacent to the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Efficiency and Reliability
During preliminary tests, the eDhow demonstrated remarkable efficiency, using only 10-15% of its capacity during a typical 3-hour sundowner cruise. This efficiency, combined with the 6-passenger suggested capacity and 8-passenger maximum capacity, makes it a practical and eco-conscious choice for guests seeking an intimate and eco-friendly safari experience.
Not only is the eDhow environmentally friendly, it also boasts fantastic safety and reliability, even when compared with standard petrol-engines. The engine has more than enough power to make its way through the stronger currents of the Zambezi River, and electric motors require significantly less maintenance.
A Fleet for the Future
The eDhow is not just a novel addition to the safari experiences but also a testament to the potential of sustainable travel and green technology in the African tourism industry. As pioneers in this field, Green Safaris hope to inspire other operators to follow suit, ultimately contributing to the preservation of Africa’s breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.