The Kariba Sports Tourism Experience held in Kariba from the 8th to the 10th of April with the goal of increasing tourism through sport in the resort town, proved to be a huge success with locals and people from as far as Harare attending the event.
Speaking at the welcome party held at the Lake Harvest Sports Club on April 8, Ecotourism Africa and Sports Tourism Incorporated Public Relations and Marketing Director, Malvin Kanjere, said the goal was to help revive sport and sporting activities in Kariba.
“This will help us host other sporting activities in the region as well as go international, pushing our goal of promoting tourism,” said Kanjere.
He also thanked ZPC Kariba, among other sponsors, for the support rendered to the event as well as Lake Harvest who threw their weight behind the event, offering their Sports Club as a venue for volleyball, netball and soccer matches as well as the fun run and aerobics.
Kariba’s Mayor, Councillor George Masendu echoed the same sentiments and welcomed visitors to Kariba. He thanked everyone behind the successful hosting of the event.
Champions, Black Rhinos Volleyball Club clinched the first and second positions in the Sports Tourism Experience volleyball matches, dismissing teams like Kariba Municipality, among others. The Rhinos also walked away with a lot of individual prices courtesy of Zambezi Lager in categories ranging from best attacker to best defender.
Kariba Municipality walked away with the soccer trophy, beating teams like Lake Harvest and ZPC Kariba. The team is set to proceed to Nyanga in May where it will meet other contenders and if they triumph, they will move on to Masvingo, before travelling to Victoria Falls.
The Tourism experience, which was supposed to be held from March 25 to 27 2022, was moved to April 8 to 10 as the dates were clashing with the March by election dates.
The next Tourism Experience is set for May 27 to 29 2022 and Sports tourism Inc. expects a total of 200 participants in sporting disciplines including athletics, cycling, volleyball, beach volleyball, Tag Rugby, netball, swimming, futsal, tennis, golf, cricket, pool and basketball.