By Luckmore Safuli
Members of the Zimbabwe Free Riders Motorcycle Club have completed the 880 km expedition from Harare to Victoria Falls which was aimed at promoting domestic tourism amid calls for locals to take it upon themselves to rescue the tourism sector which was hard hit by the global pandemic.
The annual Zimbabwe Free Riders Annual Victoria Falls Run, ZFRAVER, is fast growing into a major event on the domestic tourism calendar bringing together motorcycling enthusiasts in a bid to market the world’s adventure capital, Victoria Falls.
The 2020 edition of the annual expedition was however different as the usually busy destination is still trying to recover from the unprecedented covid-19 induced collapse. The ear-piercing wild roars, thrills and expensive bikes on display however created a spectacle and brought life to the resort town with many residents of the border town lining the streets to cheer the riders.
Zimbabwe Free Riders Motorcycle Club President Tatenda Muzirwa appealed to locals to seriously consider playing a part in the recovery of the tourism sector.
“The purpose of this tour was to promote domestic tourism after the unexpected pandemic which hit the whole country and affected all sectors including tourism. We trying to help in restarting tourism and show the rest of the citizens that we can play a part in reposition the sector,” he says.
Participants described the expedition as success and stressed the need for collective effort in marketing Zimbabwe as a peaceful and attractive destination.
“We was an amazing experience and we enjoyed every part of the expedition. We are also excited to be here in Victoria Falls to help market the destination and appeal to our fellow Zimbabweans to contribute to the recovery of the tourism sector,” one of the participants said.
It was not all about tyre burning and perfuming break-taking stunts as the group managed to make a donation to the Chinotimba Old People’s Home.
Apart from continuing with the ongoing drive to involve more women in the traditionally all-male biking fraternity, the Zimbabwe Free Riders Motorcycle Club has also announced plans to make the annual event an international fiesta.