2018 Event

Past Events

Saturday 6 October 2018 09:30 – 17:00 at Okavango River Lodge, Maun

The Botswana Wild Bird Trust, in partnership with Botswana Tourism held the inaugural Nkashi Classic mekoro race in Maun on Saturday 6 October 2018.


The main event will took place at Okavango River Lodge, with spectator spots along the Thamalakane River.

The Nkashi Classic was launched as a celebration of the mokoro and the nkashi which is used to propel it. It took the form of an individual time trial; each poler will race along a set course on the Thamalakane River, carrying two passengers who will be randomly assigned on the day of the race. Timing waskept, and at the end of the day the Delta’s fastest mokoro poler was crowned! The first race set off at 10:00 and festivitiescontinued throughout the day.

In addition to the races, there as traditional music, food and entertainment, a great day out for the whole family and a celebration of traditional Botswana customs.

There where various ways to partake in the event:

  • Polers: Free registration. Includes lunch and prizes for top 10 placements Requirements: Experience in poling a mokoro
  • Passengers: P80 registration, includes the opportunity to experience the thrill of a mokoro ride at high speed. Requirements: over 12 years of age
  • Sponsorship: If you would like to sponsor a prize, food or gear for the event, please get in touch with us via email or cell phone with endorsement opportunities.

This is a non-profit event and aims at creating a fun filled day, celebrating Botswana traditional customs, food and entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the next event