Carnival in Zimbabwe? Harare awaits in September!


(Posted 17th July 2015)

The third edition of the Zimbabwe International Carnival has for this year been moved from the previous May setting according to information received from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.

The new dates are September 12th to 19th and visitors will no doubt be pleased about this change to leave the rather coldish May behind and enjoy the spring time temperatures in Zimbabwe’s capital. This is in contrast to reports received earlier in the year that ZTA was shelving the event for 2015 due to past budget issues, which however, going by the latest information at hand, seem to have been overcome.

During the recent Sanganai 2015 Tourism Expo in Harare did the country’s Vice President in fact in his official address commit the government to providing adequate funding for ZTA to promote the country abroad and a high profile event like the annual carnival, together with the Sanganai International tourism trade fair are two opportunities to showcase the country to the world.

Running like during the past two editions for an entire week and culminating in a grand parade through the centre of Harare are a series of events planned to showcase Zimbabwe’s music and art to both locals and visitors alike, allowing them to appreciate the wide variety of of cultures which call Zimbabwe home.

Last year did 23 countries participate in the carnival and more are expected this year with the promise of warmer weather to entertain the anticipated million people crowd lining the streets of Harare during the main carnival parade. Visitors from across Africa and in particular Eastern Africa will find connecting to Zimbabwe easy as Kenya Airways operates as many as three flights a day, some via Livingstone, some via Lusaka and some nonstop, using their Embraer E190’s and B737-800NG’s on the route. All flights are codeshared with both KLM and Etihad. A number of international airlines, including Emirates, also flies into Harare and offer connections for international visitors. Further updates will be provided as and when information becomes available.