If you are heading to Zimbabwe this festive season, make a detour on your trip and stop by a major local event. You will not be disappointed as there will be many locals, international and regional participants and revellers enjoying the memorable events.
December is a festive season that brings with it memorable events and festivals! Like other progressive societies in the world, Zimbabweans love a good time and come December, everyone within and outside the tourism industry starts gearing for crazy events, some bigger, more popular and even memorable than the others. Two events in particular stand out as they draw a lot of attention, publicity and the largest crowds. The major one is the extravagant and ever growing Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival, otherwise popularly known as the Vic Falls Carnival, while the Zimbabwe Colour Run, unfortunately, had its scheduling altered this year.
As you make that detour, you will not be disappointed as there will be plenty to see and do with accompanying activities customized to suit every participant and reveller of various events.
Zimbabwe Colour Run Event
Like other similar brands worldwide, the Zimbabwe Colour Run is a vibrant annual event that usually takes place on the first weekend of December, although this year is an exception as the scheduling was altered. Nonetheless, the event that has become known as the “Happiest 5 km Run on the Planet” is a unique and vibrant paint race that brings together everyone to celebrate life, health, happiness and individuality. Although there is no single winner, this is an event whose objective is to have fun while giving back to charity and communities in need.
What`s even more rewarding is the awe-inspiring sight of a kaleidoscope of colours everywhere, on the faces and clothing as thousands partake in the paint run which has become an annual tradition. With no age restrictions, the Colour Run is an ideal event for families, friends and communities to engage in a fun-filled day of activities including music, dancing and games for all ages. Over 5000 participants and increasing partake in the annual event including mothers with babies on strollers and everyone seeking to mingle and have fun!
Victoria Falls Carnival
It’s almost here! You haven’t seen the best of annual events until you have been to one of Africa’s biggest end-of-year festivals in Zimbabwe’s tourist town of Victoria Falls. Lauded by CNN as one of the Top Seven African music festivals to attend, the Vic Falls Carnival is one of the biggest, baddest and must attend end-of-year event in the adrenaline capital of the world.
The 3-day annual New Year extravaganza which begins on December 29th to December 31st inclusive, celebrates the end of year in extravagant style while welcoming the new one in similar fashion. The popular event which attracts party animals of all ages captures the magic that is Victoria Falls and its festive season. As a result, travelling to Zimbabwe, particularly to Victoria Falls has, inadvertently, become an annual tradition of year-end pilgrimage to Zim`s own City of Lights and festivities that also doubles as the adrenaline capital of the world by day.
Although numerous events are not highlighted, they sometimes run concurrently with others nationwide. Such events provide endless opportunities to local Tour Operators to be creative and put together various customized packaged tours that specifically target events audiences. While audiences would include the young and daring, packages should not exclude the experienced, well-travelled mature adults as well as families and couples. The bonus of hosting such an event in a world-class location is that patrons and revellers can expect to see many of the iconic attractions and engage in some of the baddest, craziest, adrenaline pumping activities that have become synonymous with the adrenaline capital itself.
While the Vic Falls Carnival is an event for everyone that caters to different tastes and genres of music, it also features a line-up of local, regional and international performing artists and entertainers. What best way to end the year and welcome the new one than with crazy partying in an energetic environment and in a world class destination with one of the most spectacular attractions like the Victoria Falls!
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