Nkashi Classic 2018

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 Organisation held the inaugural Nkashi Classic mekoro race in Maun on Saturday 6 October 2018.

The main event 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 raced along a set course on the Thamalakane River, carrying a passenger who was randomly assigned on the day of the race. Timing was kept, and at the end of the day the Delta’s fastest mokoro poler was crowned! The first race set off at 10:00 and festivities continued throughout the day.

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.



On behalf of The Botswana Wild Bird Trust, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all our sponsors in supporting the inaugural “Nkashi Classic 2018”.

Your generosity has helped us in celebrating the Mokoro and Nkashi as a unique cultural characteristic of the Okavango Delta. The event was well attended, the competition was fierce and everyone had a great time. It is only with the support of Ngamiland businesses and services that it is possible for events such as these to exist and to make the community a great place to live.

The Nkashi Classic event will continue to grow each year, incorporating communities from within Ngamiland and garnishing support from local businesses.