Sporting enthusiasts and other revelers will be spoiled for choice at this year’s Khawa Dune and cultural festival, following a decision to increase activities that will lure more people if not all to participate in the string of events billed for the three-day event.
Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday in Gaborone, Botswana Tourism Organisation‘s Investment and Promotions Manager Tafa Tafa said beside the quad bike and motor bike challenge that has since become synonymous with the event, the public will be treated to numerous other sporting and non-sporting activities.
Although camel and quad fun rides had featured in previous events Tafa said this year there will add helicopter fun rides for P400, while camel and quad rides will go for P50 each. Other fun activities lined up for the event include football and volleyball matches, Sky-diving and bike stunts, dune climbs, horse demos, polka and contemporary music festivals, dodge ball, tug of war and circuit races.
According to Tafa, the increase in the lineup is a deliberate move to get all attendants to participate in at least one activity. “We realised that majority of those who attend the event, go there to sit most of the time watching other people having fun,” he said. There will be incentives for both individuals and teams that will participate in the activities.
This, however, will not in any way take the shine from the infamous quad and motor bike challenge that had seen most high ranking personalities including President Ian Khama and the current Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Thapelo Olopeng participating in. To participate in the challenge, riders will be required to fill in an application form and pay a participation fee of P150 that will go to the Khawa Community Trust. There will be two different categories for the ride (professional and leisure riders) based on the level of competence of the riders and will run separately at different times along the same 50 km route of the same distance.
An official from Botswana Motor Sports, Thabiso Seobamo, said his association has collaborated with BTO to make sure that they deliver a high quality event. He explained that their aim is to promote the spirit of sportsmanship while having fun.