VICTORIA FALLS-ORGANISERS of the Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival, which draws together artistes from the region and revellers from across the world, have announced their artiste line-up for this year’s jamboree.
This year’s entertainers include platinum-selling Congolese star Tresor and Zimbabwean chanter, Winky D, who have been added to the usual list of dancehall DJs – Judgement Yard and DJ Jason Le Roux of Zimbabwe, South African reggae band Tidal Waves, Half ‘n Half and DJ Diloxclusiv, Sketchy Bongo, hip-hop duo Locnville and The Kifness.
Some 10,000 revellers are expected at the three-day fiesta running from December 29 to 31.
The event draws fun seekers from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and hosts Zimbabwe while countries such as the UK, Australia, the US, France and others have also participated previously.
Emmanuel Tivatyi, one of the organisers, says a beach party will be one of the features of this year’s event.
“The window for adding artistes on the line-up has closed but what’s interesting is that this year we have included Zambia in our activities. The beach party will take place in Zambia,” said Tivatyi.
He said a sponsor had facilitated the new activity where people will go for rafting before being carried in a cable car to gorge number 23 where there is a beach for the party.
“We have looked at all safety measures and people should be assured of their security,” said Tivatyi.
He said three trains are expected to carry 1,500 people for the bush train party at Jafuta Lodge on December 30, where people dance the night away a few kilometres out of town.
“We’re looking at a maximum of 10,000 people this year, as we keep growing bigger. From the region, we’ve had support from South Africa, Botswana and Namibia and we’re getting a lot of enquiries from international fun seekers, especially from Australia where a client wants to bring 100 people and an artiste this year,” said Tivatyi.
Locals have been given an opportunity to buy tickets in advance at reduced rates.
Advance tickets for locals are US$45 for a day pass, down from US$60 until November 25. Foreigners pay about US$90 for a day pass.
December 31 will be the cross-over show to cap the festival with a star-studded line-up of musicians and DJs.
A number of nightspots will also host community parties to welcome visitors – especially those from outside the country.
The carnival is fast-growing into one of the biggest annual tourist draws in Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s tourism capital, is a tourist haven with activities such as bungee jumping, helicopter rides, white water rafting, lion walk and elephant rides.