VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe
(Xinhua) -- Thousands of tourists and
other festival-goers from across Africa and the world are partaking
in the three-day 2016 Jameson Victoria Falls Carnival to celebrate
the New Year.
The carnival, which started on Dec. 29-31, is
being held in the resort town of Victoria Falls where various
artists including South African musical groups LCNVL, Sketcy Bongo
and The Kiffness are billed to perform.
Victoria Falls, the seventh natural wonder of the world, is
Zimbabwe’s prime tourist destination.
Parties have been running in the resort town from Thursday as
revelers partake in the carnival festivities waiting to usher in the
new year in style.
Although a train party from the second largest city of Bulawayo
to Victoria Falls failed on Thursday due to poor turnout, a beach
party was held in Victoria Falls on the same day to entertain the
On Friday, festival-goers had another train party with revelers
being ferried from Victoria Falls train station to Jafuta, about 30
km out of Victoria Falls, for a train and bush party.
The extravaganza has seen hoteliers and tour operators enjoying
brisk business from the increased number of tourists.
Organizers say what makes the carnival unique and more appealing
is the wide array of activities on offer.
During the day carnival attendees spend their time bungee
jumping, water rafting, walking in the rain forest or flying above
the Victoria Falls.
The festival, now in its fifth year, was two years ago featured
by CNN as one of the best festivals in Africa.