Festival Info




The Zambezi Valley is an incredibly special place for us all, and we know that it is a privilege to host this event here, which is why conservation efforts and community involvement is our main focus!

Enjoying live music and caring for the environment do not have to be mutually exclusive concepts and there are already a few established festivals that have showcased how this can be achieved. We have undertaken a few initiatives to ensure a positive balance between the event and conservation of the Lower Zambezi:

-         Support from DNPW, Police, Immigration and the local communities. Everyone is involved on the day to ensure the well-being of both humans and wildlife.

-         Whilst music will play into the night, all efforts have been made to ensure noise levels are kept to a minimum. Speakers will face the Zambian banks which is an area populated by local communities only.

-         Reduce, reuse and recycle is the motto for the day! We have a big team on hand to ensure absolutely NO waste is left behind.

-         Plastic bottles are given to local children who benefit from the Shoprite recycling initiative in Chirundu and the tin cans are recycled by locals who earn a small living from making pots.

-         Compostable toilets will be used on the day and benefit community gardens after.

-         Our hay bale seating will be left to the animals in the area who have been affected by the drought in the LZ valley.

-         Performances by environmentally-conscious artists who will be sharing their messages of love and love for our planet. Some of our artists are already involved in projects that empower and educate local communities.

Please keep an eye out the festival page for more information on these efforts and even better join us on the day to experience it first-hand. If you would like to sponsor a hay bale that will be left behind, please get in touch! Thank you again for reaching out and if you have any queries, please contact us any time info@zambezishoresfestival.com


OVER 18'S : $120

6 - 17 YEARS : $60



This is an outdoor camping festival. Included in your ticket is the island camping fee for the night of the 28/09. Please bring all your own equipment to ensure your comfort for the night - check out our WHAT TO BRING & CAMPING ESSENTIALS.

More of a glamper than a camper? There will be VIP camping options on offer. Check out the lodges on the home page and please contact them directly for more information and to book your tent with them.


This is only a 1-night camping festival, please pack smart. There is no need to bring everything and the kitchen sink with you! Leave the washing up to us...

Due to the space and weight limitations on the boat transfers, all festival goers are limited to 1x hand luggage size bag per person in addition to your tent, mattress and camping chair.

  • TICKET. No ticket means no entry.
  • CASH. There will be ticket books available for purchase that you can use at the bar and food stalls. No cash will be handled by the vendors. No card facilities at the lodges or island.

  • Tent. Lightweight and easy to setup. Bring a lock to keep personal items safe inside.
  • Mattress and bedding. The day will be hot but it may get cool at night.
  • Toiletries. Sunscreen and insect repellent are important. Baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitiser, lip balm, chewing gum and eye drops may be handy too.
  • Any prescribed medications you need. A pain reliever, allergy tablets and a rehydration solution are useful.
  • A change of clothing. Pack a jersey in case of cold/rainy weather.
  • A swimsuit for the showers (NO swimming in the river allowed for obvious reasons)
  • Hat/cap and sunglasses
  • Footwear. Wear shoes at all times to avoid thorns and possible encounters with smaller wildlife like scorpions at night.
  • Towel.
  • Torch / lantern. Plus spare batteries in case.
  • Portable charger if you will need for your phone /camera.
  • Camping chair
  • Beach umbrella
  • Bring family and friends. The more the merrier.
  • Come prepared
  • Bring your TICKET for entry to the festival.
  • Wear your wristband at all times. Under no circumstances will duplicate tickets or wrist bands be issued if lost or damaged.
  • Bring CASH to purchase ticket books.
  • HYDRATE. It is hot in the Zambezi Valley, and you will need plenty of water throughout the day. Stock up at the bar, and do not for any reason go to the river... our barmen don't bite but crocodiles do!
  • Buy your tickets early to avoid missing out.
  • Bring a good attitude. Everyone is there to have a good time.
  • Follow our Zambezi Shores facebook page for up to date information on the festival.
  • Book accommodation at Gwabi River Lodge or at the various other accommodation options in the area for the Friday night. Transfers will happen early on Saturday and we don't want you to miss out.
  • Check out the artists so you can sing along to your favourite tunes!

A uniquely Zambian music experience on the banks of the Zambezi River. Take in the magic of nature while enjoying some of the best music South African and Zambian talent has to offer.

On Friday 27/09/19, get ready for the festivities with a small warm up show by some of the artists at Gwabi River Lodge.

On the morning of the 28th, transfer to Zambezi Breezers (either in your own vehicle or with our arranged buses) where the boats will be ready to take you across to the island.

We will be catering for all your festival needs whilst on the island. There will be multiple bars and food stalls serving up a range of food and drinks - soft drinks, water, cocktails, draught beer, shooters & hard tack - to keep you going throughout the event.

A designated camping area to setup. Or check-in to your ready set campsite VIP style. There will be accessible and clean toilets. Showers to keep you both clean and cool. Lots of shade and chill areas for you to sit back and enjoy the show.

Enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the valley and the spectacle of the African sky as you spend your evening around a campfire or dancing it up to your favourite band.

The next day, wake up and enjoy a much needed breakfast and coffee to start the day. Pack up and head back to Zambezi Breezers by boat for your ownward transfers.

  • Bring any outside food or drinks (no cooler boxes). All food and drink must be purchased at the festival.
  • Bring any glass. A branded cup is included with your ticket and the bars will have additional cups to serve drinks in.
  • Bring any animals. Fluffy won't be able to fight off any hungry Zambezi crocodiles.
  • Bring any illegal substances. It's more fun remembering what happened at the festival.
  • Bring any drones or professional filming/recording equipment.
  • Conduct any unauthorised vending, solicitation, sampling and/or giveaways. If you would like to get involved, get in touch!
  • LITTER. Please use the rubbish bins provided. We care for our environment and it is a privilege to host such a unique event in a wilderness area.
  • Bring any flammable liquids or fireworks.
  • Make your own campfires. There will be one setup in the main even area to enjoy.

*Right of admission are reserved. The above list is not exhaustive. Failure to adhere to any rules or orders from festival crew and/or any unruly behaviour deemed dangerous to yourself, others and/or the environment will have you escorted off the island without any refund of your ticket.



  • Zambezi Shores Music Festival tickets are non-refundable. Should you no longer be willing or able to attend the festival you will not be eligible for a refund on your ticket.
  • The ticket holder who will no longer attend the festival may at his/her own discretion gift or resell the ticket to another person. You, as the intial ticket holder, must provide a signed confirmation letter to the new ticket holder of this arrangement. As the new ticket holder, you MUST be bring this letter and the ticket with you for entry to the festival.
  • By purchasing a ticket, you automatically consent to being photographed, filmed or otherwise recorded and for the resulting images/recordings to be used or broadcast by Zambezi Shores or its partners. We may use these images and/or recordings for promotional and/or commercial purposes related to the festival without compensation you.
  • By purchasing a festival ticket, you agree to our festival rules, policies and indemnity. You also agree that these conditions may be changed at our own discretion.


  • No alcohol will be served to any children under the age of 18.
  • Children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible parent/adult.
  • By attending the Zambezi Shores Music Festival with a persons under the age of 18, you expressly agree that their attendance is your responsibility and that you have understood the potential risks associated with attending a festival in a wilderness area.


Smoking is allowed BUT we will not tolerate cigarette butts being discarded any where on the island. Please use the designated waste areas to dispose of your cigarettes.

Please be considerate of other festival goers around you that may not smoke.

Smoking also poses a massive fire risk. Please keep a safe distance in and around the campsite area when smoking as tents are flammable.


The Zambezi Shores Music Festival takes place in a wilderness area and wild animals may be present on the island. We respectfully request that you be aware of your personal safety at all times and at no time should anyone come within reach of the bank, enter the river or walk outside the confines of the festival area. By attending the Zambezi Shores Music Festival, you expressly agree that such attendance is at your own risk.

Whilst we will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety, by purchasing and attending the Zambezi Shores Music Festival, you absolve Gwabi River Lodge, their staff, management and any associates of all liabilities whilst attending the festival and/or aboard any of Gwabi's boats or vehicles for the entire duration your stay. This indemnification extends as well to any injury caused by wild animals and reptiles.