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Every year you say you want to go. Every year you sigh, ‘I wish I had gone’. This is the year! Rally your friends and plan a New Year’s experience of a lifetime at one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Held in Zimbabwe’s natural heritage park in the town of Victoria Falls, the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival is a truly magical experience. Nothing quite says holiday like hot, humid weather, considerate locals and fun-loving adventurous travellers. Throw in the best New Year’s Eve Party in Africa and you’re in for the time of your life.

victoria falls
© Janine Mare

Now in its fourth year, here’s what the carnival has in store for you:

29 December 2015:

The famous train party: Take a five hour vintage steam train journey through the Victoria Falls National Park to a secret location deep in the African bush. With Sub-Saharan Africa DJs pumping top tunes through the classic carriages, you’ll be in full party mood when you disembark at the secret stage set up under the African skies. After selling out in record time last year, the organisers have made the exciting decision to run multiple trips to and from the secret venue, increasing the number of party-goers able to revel in this truly unique experience.

train party vic falls
© Janine Mare

30 December 2015:

Your festival ticket will act as key while you are left free to wander through the streets of Vic Falls as the town lights up with wonderful events hosted by the local backpackers, lodges and bars. On the evening of 29th and 30th there will be parties in town at multiple venues with free entrance for festival ticket holders. Shuttles will ferry fans to and from the party venues to specific hotels and drop-off points.

31 December 2015:

It’s party time! Prepare for an unparalleled New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Over 6,000 revellers, top bands and DJ’s from all over Africa, stilt walkers, fire dancers and the best party atmosphere. The power house line-up will be announced as we move closer to the date, but this festival doesn’t solely rely on who’s playing, it’s the overall energy that completes the experience.

vic falls carnival

This year the Vic Falls Carnival will be offering an extensive array of travel and accommodation packages catering for all of your three, four and five star needs – visit for more details.

Love adventure? Try out white water rafting, upper Zambezi canoeing, an adrenaline-fuelled canopy tour, gorge swinging and adventure slides, bungee jumping or bridge swinging, helicopter flips or a plunge into Devil’s Pool.  If you prefer a more chilled experience then relax on a sunset river cruise or experience the Victoria Falls Tram and Bridge Tour.

white water rafting zimbabwe
© Janine Mare

Keep an eye on the Vic Falls Carnival Facebook page for competitions as well as a variety of exciting travel packages, adventure activities, lineup and up-to-the-minute festival news.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime New Year’s extravaganza.

jameson vic falls carnival

Local Early Bird tickets:

Very limited ‘Locals’ tickets are available from 1 June to 1 July from Wild Horizons and Adventure Lodge in Vic Falls. You’ll need your Zimbabwean passport, or proof of Vic Falls residence in order to take advantage of this special offer:

– 29th Dec (Train Party) USD$30

– 31st Dec USD$30

– 29th & 31st Dec -USD$50

Online Sales:

– 29th Dec – USD$60 (R750.00)

– 31st Dec – USD$65 (R812.50)

– 29th & 31st Dec – USD$90 (R1,125.00)

For more about the adventure that is the Vic Falls Carnival read our online magazine article: Vic Falls: Africa’s Adventure Capital

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