Zimbabwe‏ carnival to go nationwide

21st Jun 2013

Zimbabwe's first international carnival offered revellers a taste of Rio and was such a success it is now going nationwide.

The carnival atmosphere took over Harare's streets last month, with between 600,000 and a million revellers enjoying the animated dancing, parades, floats, music and costumes that lit up the capital during the inaugural Zimbabwe International Carnival.

Now the country's tourist chiefs hope it will establish itself as one of southern Africa's most popular festivals and events - by spreading the buzz throughout the country.

Tourism and Hospitality Minister Walter Mzembi said the second edition of the Zimbabwe International Carnival will be staged in Bulawayo, the country's second largest city, next year as part of moves to decentralise the cultural fair.

Mr Mzembi wants to rotate these carnivals around Zimbabwe in all 10 provincial capitals.

The inaugural carnival acted as a global showcase of the culture that Zimbabwe has to offer - and a springboard for attracting more tourists to its naturally breathtaking delights.

The spectacular Victoria Falls, which are situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, are only rivalled by the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and Brazil in combined height and width.

The ageless Zambezi river is Africa's fourth-longest river, supporting large populations of incredible wildlife, including hippos, elephants and cheetahs.

Hwange National Park is one of Africa's finest havens for those on wildlife specialist tours and is home to a massive number of giraffes.

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