Paintball, go-karts a hit in Harare

HARARE - Not long ago, paintball and go-karting seemed like foreign alternatives to local entertainment but they are quickly becoming an instant favourite for outgoing friends and family in Harare.

Harare’s go-karting experience at Country Club Karts in Newlands has been top of the list offering an exhilarating experience.

And Janie Dufty who helps run the reasonably priced “arrive and drive” karts believes the sport is quickly winning over speed junkies and ordinary folk alike.

Country Club Karts allows customers to show up any time without the hassle of owning one’s own equipment before gearing up to race against friends and family to the checkered flag.

“The fastest lap time at the moment is just under 28 seconds,” Dufty said.

“It’s an opportunity to brag with your friends, or get to put your name on the top gear style fastest laps board. A lot of families, groups of friends and individuals have come to love this exhilarating sport and entertainment option,” she said.

Country Club Karts offers younger drivers, from eight to 12 year olds their own shorter track, to limit their speeds so that there is no danger.

“Race suits are available for the youngsters to wear, and everyone has to wear a crash helmet that is supplied,” Dufty said.

“For just $5 for a five-minute junior race, or $7 for a five-minute senior race, this has to be one of the cheapest and most exhilarating ways to have fun. It’s also the cheapest form of motorsport in Zimbabwe.”

Zimbabwe’s motorsport sensation and Formula One hopefull Axcil Jefferies started out driving karts and Dufty believes the Country Club Karts is a good place to be for aspirant race drivers.

While go-karting is picking up momentum, paintball has also gained traction with outdoor lovers.

Paintball is a sport in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by tagging them with capsules containing water-soluble dye and paintballs propelled from a device called a paintball marker.

Paintball technology is also used by military forces, law enforcement and security organisations to supplement military training, as well as playing a role in riot response, and non-lethal suppression of dangerous suspects.

The recently-renovated paintball field conveniently located at 167 Enterprise Road is a place friends or colleagues have come to love.

Although most Zimbabweans are yet to acquaint themselves with paintball, but revellers who have had a chance to try it believe it to be an ultimate stress buster.

The Enterprise Road paintball spot offers safety kits that include overalls, chest protectors, gloves and masks and allows trigger-happy participants a chance to choose how many paintballs are loaded into their marker.

The attendants are friendly and helpful and can help you choose which game, or combination of games will suit your group the best.

‘Capture the flag’ is a fast, intense game, requiring strategy and a team approach. Fast moving, it is great for team building or smaller groups.

‘Team Deathmatch’ is for serious adrenaline junkies.

There are many other games available too, as well as target shooting for the younger children, or those who do not want to get ‘shot.’

Paintballing works great for families, group of friends or as a teambuilding game and fun day for businesses. It’s the ultimate stress buster.

 

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