The Zambezi Explorer is a new boat on the Zimbabwe side of the Victoria Falls. Following in the heels of Livingstone, Zambia, where we have 4 large boats plying the river, Victoria Falls Town has also opted for a similar-sized boat. Up until now, many small boats have popped out of the banks of the Zambezi River on the Zim side at sundowner cruise time to beetle around the river.
So, is big better? I think both have their place. Big boats are good because they have proper toilets; passengers can walk around and chat to different groups of people instead of being stuck with one or two companions for the whole trip. Big boats too are taller therefore giving a better view. Small boats, though, can sneak into the gullies between islands finding wildlife, especially birds. And, for those who want to fish or have a more personal experience small is better.