The Tsodilo Community Trust will hold an inaugural walk around the Tsodilo Hills, fondly known as the mountain of God, on September 1, 2018. The project is funded by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Ngamiland Sustainable Land Management (SLM) project. The Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO) is also partner in the event.
The Ngamiland SLM coordinator, Innocent Mangole, said the aim of the walk is to expose Tsodilo Hills to local and international tourists and improve livelihoods of the communities in the area. Dubbed Tsodilo Challenge, this will be gruesome walk given the sandy terrain around the hills. The walk is divided into two categories of 15 kilometres and 31 Kilokmetres.
The 15 km walk will take place around the male hill of Tsodilo hills while the 31 km one will be around male, female and hill ourcrops. The four parts of Tsodilo Hills are commonly referred to as male, female, child and grandchild. Tickets are available at all Web-tickets outlets at P150 for 15 km and P250 for 31 km.
Chairman of Tsodilo Community Trust, Boo Xuma, said preparations for the walk are at advanced stage. He said they have realised that Tsodilo Hills is one of the world’s heritage site in Botswana which can be used to attract tourists.
Xuma said they have roped in CSI Concept Foundation to assist the Trust in organising the event. CSI is the organiser of the Jwaneng Desert Bush Walk.
Xuma said the money accumulated from the walk will assist the youth with some community projects. He said they have identified projects such as creche to prepare kids for early childhood education. “Other projects include assisting the youth to start their own businesses. The money will be used to develop some camp site to attract more tourists,” he said, adding that the walk is for rural development.
He said the day activities will be rounded off with a cultural night featuring songs and dances from local tribes in the area. Tsodilo Hills is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains one of the highest concentrations of rocks art in the world with more than 4,000 to 4,500 individuals painting scattered in over 400 rock sites.