More Fun, Aenture at Khawa Challenge

| May 8, 2015

The annual Khawa dune challenge and cultural festival has this year spiced up the fun and aenture by introducing new activities in the form of a fashion show and helicopter rides.

The cultural and fun fiesta has been running since 2012 having grown from 1 200 spectators in the first year to 3 500 last year with more fun lovers expected to descend on the Kgalagadi sands from May 14-17.

Briefing the media on May 6, Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) chief executive officer, Thabo Dithebe said the event infused a lot of fun activities that catered for all ages.

He said the Khawa community will also benefit from the event as all proceed made from selling exhibition stalls would be channeled to Khawa trust.

Mr Dithebe stated that the camping place where the spectators would be accommodated was owed by Khawa trust hence the tour operators have rented the place. The CEO said all these funds would assist the community to build permanent ablutions to be used in future.

He said Khawa dune challenge helped BTO diversify tourism offering as it embraced the sports, aenture and cultural activities. Dithebe said they had introduced prize money for the quad bike and motorbike challenge.

Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Sport and Culture, Kago Ramokate, said the ministry preserved Botswana culture through events such as this. He said government through the ministry would also ensure that artist are paid for their worth so that they benefit from their talents.

He stated that the arts and crafts exhibition would give the art collectors an opportunity to take a piece of Khawa and Kgalagadi to their homes. Mr Ramokate said to spice up the event and further engage youth, eight football teams from Kgalagadi South will compete in a football tournament which is sponsored at P20 000.

He said the contemporary festival highlights would include Charma Gal, Dedco, Dramaboi Centy Mduduze and Makau. Fun activities on the line up are football and volleyball matches, sky diving and bike stunts, dune climbs, horse demonstrations, polka and contemporary music festivals, tug of war, circuit race and helicopter rides.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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