The GDI team is well known throughout the region for building high quality boats that are well designed for the conditions in which they operate.

With over 25 years experience and over 100 large boats on the water all over Southern Africa, we are unparalleled in the service, expertise and quality that we offer.  Every boat is custom designed and built to meet the customer's specifications.


factory manufacturing

We have a factory in Harare, Zimbabwe where we can manufacture boats up to 100' or 30 metres long, then transport by road in sections, and reassemble on-site.


We are able to do on-site evaluations on vessels for insurance purposes.


on-site building

We have built several boats on-site where logistics deemed it necessary.

 Luxury lake cruiser designed with spaciousness

and lake views in mind

The African Dream was originally intended to be sailed on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, in the Capri Strip, Namibia.

She found her true home on the shores of the beautiful Lake Kariba. She is a steel flat bottomed mono-hull with a shallow draft.

Her specifications are as follows:-

  • Length 33.4m, beam 8.2m, draft 0.85m

  • 2 x D9 300HP Volvo engines couple to Namjet jet drives

  • 2 x 100KVA Kohler generators

  • 1 x Volvo D9 72HP engine coupled to a Herhaar Omega bow thruster

  • Carrier air conditioning system throughout the vessel

  • 8 double en-suite cabins, each with TV, intercom phone and safe

  • Crew quarters for captain, stewardess and 9 crew

  • Dining room, lounge, bar, office and kitchen

  • Splash pool

  • Water filtration plant

  • Fire alarm and fire suppression system

  • Full on-board PA system

  • Central DVD stack

  • Top deck game viewing platform

  • Cruising speed 8 knots

  • 1 x 16 pax aluminium game viewing tender boat


En-suite bedroom


Sun deck



Mono-hull design for luxury cruising



Matusadona was designed and built to be a luxury cruiser for Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.

She is a steel monohull, built to withstand both the local storms and the submerged petrified trees.

Her specifications are as follows:-

  • Length of 28.6 meters and beam of 6.85 meters

  • 3 double cabins and 1 single cabin all with en-suite bathrooms

  • 2 Caterpillar 3216 350Hp diesel inboard marine engines

  • 2 Westebeke Generators │ 9.4kVA and 25kVA

  • On‐board water filtration system (reverse osmosis) to provide purified drinking water in all outlets

  • Inverter system for lights and some power points for the times that the generators are not in use

  • Ice machine with a capacity to produce over 40 kg of ice per day

  • Air conditioning throughout the Saloon and Cabin Decks

  • Top deck spa pool and bar

Decorated in a colonial theme, with African hardwood timbers and furnished with rich fabrics, leather and Egyptian cottons, Matusadona has been described as “an intimate luxury lodge on the water”.


A trendy river cruiser with a luxury signature deck.



The Zambezi Explorer was built to operate three kilometres above the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in a very fast flowing river with seasonal depth variations.  The boat was designed to be both eco-friendly and multifunctional, able to do river cruisers, conferences, dinners, and weddings. She has the capacity to carry 150 passengers.

The boat's specs are as follows:-

  • Length overall = 27 metres
  • Beam overall = 7.2 metres
  • Draft in water = 600 mm
  • Weight of vessel = 54 tonnes dry
  • Weight of vessel loaded = 70 tonnes
  • Speed 9 knots
  • Construction Steel Catamaran hull
  • Powered by 2 Yamaha 115hp 4 stroke outboard engines
  • 16 solar panels to recharge the battery bank consisting of 24              105 amp hour batteries
  • Power on vessel supplied by Victron Energy 8kVA invertor
  • 2 of 100 litre solar geysers installed
  • Onboard lighting LED energy saver lights
  • Onboard kitchen

Other extas include:-

  • WiFi
  • Wheelchair accessible – separate wheelchair toilet
  • Conference facilities
  • Screen and Projector
  • PA System
  • Cordless microphone
  • 1 exclusive signature deck
  • 2 Luxury decks



Zambezi Queen gets a new look


The Zambezi Queen was originally built by a private operator to run on the Zambezi River, at the confluence of the Botswana, Zambia, Nambia and Zimbabwe borders.

G D I (Pvt) Ltd was commissioned to rebuild the boat, and turn it into a luxury boutique hotel that would cruise the very shallow flood plain of the Chobe River.  This rebuild was done on the banks of the Chobe River, with no workshop, road access or electricity.  It was a mammoth task that took seventeen months, but the results were well worth it.

Her specifications are as follows:-

  • Length of 45 meters and beam of 8 meters
  • 14 double cabins, 2 with extra single beds, all with en-suite bathrooms
  • 4 Cummins C4 engines with Trakdor jets
  • 2 Cummins Generators │ 32kVA and 80kVa
  • Onboard water filtration system
  • Victron Energy 10kVA Inverter system for lights and some power points, for use when the generators are off
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Top deck spa pool, bar, lounge and dining area
  • Aluminium sliding doors, shutters and sliding insect screens throughout




Corsaro goes high end


After years of neglect, Corsaro was in need of work and a facelift.  The new owners wanted to create a commerical high end boat with all the modern conveniences and style of a newly built boat. 

Specs now include:-

  • 2 double ensuite cabins
  • 1 cabin with 2 single bunk beds and separate bathroom
  • 3 daybeds - one on the middle deck, two on the top deck
  • Top and middle deck fully fitted with roll up mosquito screens and vinyl blinds
  • Victron Energy Inverter system 2 of 5kVA units - 24hr lights, 24hr air-conditioning and selected plug sockets
  • York silent air-conditioning in all cabins and saloon area
  • 2 Caterpillar 3208 Diesel inboard engines
  • 1 Mitsubishi 32kVA Diesel generator
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • Cold water spa pool
  • Fully equipped bar
  • Fitted fridges and freezers, and cooler boxes for the top deck bar
  • Fully equipped with hotel quality bedding, towelling, cutlery, crockery, glassware and accessories

Consultancy, Evaluation & Project Management


With over thirty years experience in the business, we are well equipped to offer a consultancy service on any project that needs the sound advice of a seasoned professional.  This can be anything from the building of floating lodges to insurance evaluations and everything in between.


Anything metal


Sheet metal fabrication is a big part of our business. We have done many jetty systems to go with our boats, which are customized according to the location, including systems that adjust to the changing water levels of the river. 

Floating lodges, kapenta rigs, gantries, and wave breakers are a few of the many things that we have manufactured over the years.



We also manufacture boats and marine objects in marine aluminium.  Its non corrosive properties and light weight make it ideal for things like tender boats, pontoon boats, overnight weekenders and fishing rod holders.

Stainless steel is a popular choice for contemporary interior decor designs.


We are the Southern African agents for Westebeke Marine Generators.  These are top quality generators manufactured in the USA, proven by us to be amongst the best generators for our African conditions. Their marine generators range fom 2kVA to 32kVA.

We also manufacture industrial quality whirly birds/rotavents made out of quality galvanized steel with aluminium bearing housings.  Not only do we do installations and maintenance, but each unit carries a one year warranty on workmanship.  Thus you can be reassured of years of hassle-free operation.


Customized sheet metal work

Customized sheet metal fabrication is our speciality.  We work with mild steel, aluminium or stainless steel. Our staff have years of experience making everything from switchboards, to trailers, fisheries, control panels, ducting, roll bars, bull bars, tool boxes, bars, platforms and much more in between.