Turning to look, I beheld this beauty (photo right). From the first bite of warm, creamy, crunchy and lemony delight I decided that it was the best lemon meringue pie that I had ever had.
Cuisine of this calibre was all in a day’s work for the talented Namibian chefs aboard the Zambezi Queen (ZQ). Despite a kitchen the size of a postage stamp, delicious meals and afternoon tea were turned out every day. Once discovered, the pie was immediately demolished.
I was so grateful for the initial ‘head’s up’ and the ZQ manager, Debbie Duke-Norris, who graciously allowed me to take the recipe home. Only a small amount of pleading was involved.
The vessel plies the section of the Chobe River that forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia. It delights guests (a maximum of 28) with a unique blend of comfort and adventure. For me, the comfort came via a generous cabin that was meticulously maintained by a team of fairies that hide under the bed (that is the only explanation that I can come up with to explain how our room was freshened every time we left it for even a moment) and the lounge area which is bright and inviting and has cozy sofas and chairs that are situated perilously close to the bar! Floor to ceiling windows were flung wide open. It was tempting to loll about all day and simply gaze at the passing scenery.
The Mantis Collection, parent of the Zambezi Queen, supports the Forever Rhino Protection Initiative, one of the Wilderness Foundation’s programs that launched in May 2011 in response to the rhino-poaching crisis. Currently, a rhino is killed every eight hours.
The Initiative concentrates on maintaining populations of free-range rhino within state and privately managed conservation areas. The current focus is to raise enough money to purchase a BatHawk aircraft to be used for Anti-poaching activities. We made a donation and I was able to take home this little cutie. (Photo right)