The family oriented event hosted by Botswana Tourism Organisation(BTO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) and the Botswana Motor Sport (BMS) offered the thrill of quad and motor bike racing, camel race and a show case of different Kgalagadi cultural traits.
This year’s three-day event kicked off with a night of traditional dance which was held on Friday at the centre of the remote village with a population of about 3000 residents.
President Ian Khama who officially opened the Bike ride on Saturday alongside Kgosi Tawana’s son was amongst the over 1000 adventure seekers who attended the event.
By Friday night almost the entire village was littered with tents for both VIPs and members of the public alike.
The VIP campsite accommodated CEO’s from various parastatals and private banks.
The teams that participated in the race were Wildebeest Quads Youth Academy and the Cheetah Quads who dominated the race. Professional stunts performances also added to the excitement that permeated the air.
In the evenings people braved the cool temperatures to join President Khama around the fire and to enjoy both traditional and the fascinating polka dance performances.
Of particular importance was the introduction of camel activities this year in order to add value and to enhance the sustainability of the Kgalagadi camel-centered tourism product.
As the Camel Park in Tsabong is nearing completion, activities centered on camels as a tourism attraction are also meant to promote awareness of this park.
BTO Chief Executive Officer Myra Sekgororoane said the organisation has embarked on efforts to market the calendar event to other Southern Africa countries for next year when the Khawa Dune Challenge will be bigger and better, hopefully with the introduction of hot air balloons.