IF you once watched porn (which is illegal in Zimbabwe by the way — stop it!) you have probably come across a scene of couples having group sex, exchanging partners with reckless abandon. It will come as a shock to you to discover that such debauchery is replicated almost every night in the resort town of Victoria Falls by tourists.
These tourists don’t descend to the town, which is said to have been discovered by David Livingstone, as if the locals who were already familiar with the falls were animals, for scenic spectacle — all they want to do is swing.
Swinging, also known as partner swapping, according to online research, is a non-monogamous behaviour in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship engage in sexual activities with others as a recreational or social activity.
The phenomenon of swinging, or at least its wider discussion and practice, is regarded by some as arising from the freer attitudes to sexual activity after the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the invention and availability of the contraceptive pill and the emergence of treatments for many of the sexually transmitted diseases that were known at that time.
But we will not dwell much on the origins of this decadence, this is not a history lesson, the story is that swinging is Victoria Falls’ well-kept secret as participants are very discreet and very cautious.
The “swingers” clubs’, which are in fact private houses of some residents of Victoria Falls, are not open to everyone but a select few paid-up members. People do not just pop in and partake in the orgies — members are invited by email after an arduous verification exercise.
A website visited by this writer confirms the guarded nature of swingers’ clubs in Zimbabwe:
“This is a private members site and we’re completely discreet. Your personal email and details are not on display.
Even your bank statement won’t show the Adult Hub on it. VIP members are the amazing people who support the site financially through their membership. They can contact whomever they like and have full access to the site. Our email systems are SenderScore certified. We only use your email to notify you of any activity on your profile but you can always opt out.
“Zimbabwe is a really big place and if you had to find the perfect swingers contact on your own, you might as well be looking for a needle in a haystack. To make things simpler for you we’ve compiled a regional listing of all our swingers’ personals interested in free sex and dogging.”
Dogging is sex that takes place in a public context. It refers to a person or more than one person performing a sex act in a public place or in a private place which can be viewed from a public place. Such private places can include a back yard or even a bedroom with the curtains open.
For one to participate one must have a partner of the opposite sex and a certified doctor’s note assuring members that you are HIV negative and free of sexual transmitted diseases.
Back to what is needed to be swinging in Victoria Falls. There are also rules and regulations of how to arrive at the chosen swingers’ club. Members are requested to be discreet and not to park their cars outside the venue.
It doesn’t end there, while owning a sexual organ is one of the necessities, attending such a sex event will leave a hole in your pocket. Each couple is expected to pay a fee of $250. Most of this money is paid in advance to purchase alcohol, food and other necessities.
The fees paid by participants go up when the swinging takes place in various places.
According to a reliable source, who is a local swinger, contrary to common belief it is not always a given that a sex orgy will ensue when swingers meet. People, he revealed, are surprisingly shy to make first contact.
“We don’t always have sex. Remember most of us will be strangers and it will be the first time we will be meeting so it will be uncomfortable at the start. You might also find that you are not sexually attracted to the people there and you will end up only having sex with your partner. Some people attend just out of curiosity and even if they want to have sex they might not have the courage to take part.
“To make it easy to have sex with another couple, you have to arrange way before the night of the swing. That’s what some of the swingers do especially the foreigners. I have discovered that it is the local tourists who are usually hesitant. Foreigners do not waste their air miles to come here and then chicken out,” he said.
When the couples click that is when the fireworks go off. Some of the couples limit themselves to kissing and foreplay; some go all the way and have sex. According to the source, some of these sex parties are so wild that homosexuality and lesbianism become part of the sexual activities.
“Some of our members are gays and lesbians that is why we are so secretive. We are also aware that such sexual activities are classified as a crime in Zimbabwe so it is much safer for us to hide what we do, it is more convenient that way. You will never find swingers trying to pick up random strangers in the streets and in nightclubs.”
The above affirmation proved to be untrue after interviewing some sex workers who revealed that they have been picked up by foreign couples who wanted group sex.
“I normally charge $30 for a night, but when I am asked by a couple I charge $100 because I will have to sleep with the woman as well. However, such clients are rare,” said one sex worker who held that her name is Cynthia.
While Cynthia might think of herself as one of the luckiest sex workers in Victoria Falls who have bagged a few swingers, the reality is that some perverted Zimbabweans have also encountered swingers.
While swinging is rife in Victoria Falls because it’s the preferred destination of most foreign tourists, other towns and cities in Zimbabwe have not been spared from this degeneracy.
The website confirms this:
“We’ve got all the regions in Zimbabwe covered. You don’t have to pay a cent to meet our Zimbabwe swingers’ contacts! Once you are a member you can use our site features like forums, chat rooms, blogs and articles to find out about the best dogging spots and clubs that’s perfect for swinging couples to hang out. If you live in one city, but regularly travel to another country for work and to your favourite holiday destination for pleasure, then you can arrange hook-ups with the local contacts listed in our directory. So stop wasting time, money and effort looking for a needle in a haystack and rather use our free swingers to meet real sex partners now!”-SN