The second edition of The Desert Bush Walk-Winter 2016 returns on the 30th of July in Jwaneng.
The 30KM walk will start off from a bush trail in Jwaneng, into the Desert and end back in Jwaneng.
According to the organizers of the walk, preparations are at an advanced stage and they have received a lot of inquiries from within the country and in the SADC region especially from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
A sign that this will indeed boost tourism in Botswana
“Our target is to register at least a maximum of 1000 participants and we have to raise at least P150 000.00. As a way of attracting more participants, and with fewer expenses, we have engaged some partners to work with us on the project.
These partners are willing to assist us with their services for either free or with small charges, in terms of accommodation, transport, medics and refreshments,” said Archibald Ngakayagae.
Ngakayagae who is one of the founding members of the Bush Walk revealed that unlike in 2014 where there was only one beneficiary from The Desert Bush Walk proceeds namely Sese Primary School, CSI-Concepts Foundation Trustees, The Ministry of Education & Skills Development and LOC.
This year and beyond they will decide on beneficiaries, however their main focus for this year will still remain on Sustainable Educational Projects and Disadvantaged Children.
He added that if they raise more than enough money, the team will also assess and sponsor some proposals that they already have, some of which are from as far as Kgalagadi and Gantsi district.
“Also just like in 2014 another aim of this Walk is to promote and brand Jwaneng and its environs as a tourism destination for both local and international tourists, under the Cultural and Sports Tourism Portfolio.
There is no way that we cannot recognize, support and celebrate our country’s 50th anniversary through this Walk, hence our theme will be centered on the ideals of BOT50,” he stressed.
The Desert Bush Walk project started in 2014 and was initiated by two activists who were passionate about giving back to their communities, especially the underprivileged and the needy, being Archibald Ngakayagae and Amy Benson