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Nkashi Classic 2022

Nkashi Classic 2022

The Nkashi Classic 2022 event returned with a bang this past Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Mbiroba Camp in Seronga village in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

The Delta’s fastest mokoro polers were crowned in a race which is organised by the Botswana Wild Bird Trust (BWBT) in collaboration with the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), and seeks to search the fastest mokoro (dug out canoe) poler of the delta as men from different villages along the delta compete for the ultimate crown.

The race aims to create awareness of the importance of the Okavango Delta River System, the community it supports and its power to effect positive change for future generations.

The race took the form of an individual time trial where each poler raced along a set course competing in male (57 polers), female (24) and veteran categories (7).

The Delta’s fastest mokoro polers were crowned in a race which is organised by the Botswana Wild Bird Trust (BWBT) in collaboration with the Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), and seeks to search the fastest mokoro (dug out canoe) poler of the delta as men from different villages along the delta compete for the ultimate crown.

The race also aims to create awareness of the importance of the Okavango Delta River System, the community it supports and its power to effect positive change for future generations.

One of the major highlights of this year’s Nkashi Classic was the high number of women who particitated, about 24 women, with Kgololo Boeng leading the pack by scooping position one after she recorded 9. 53 minutes, followed by Mponang Basiamang and Malegae Dimbo, in position two and three respectively with 9. 57 minutes.

In the male category, Mphetsolang Kesenoletswe was the fastest with 7. 42 minutes, followed by Lasty Kedisa who recorded 7. 48 with Letswamang Ngande coming in third with 8. 14. The veteran category (over 55 years old), saw Obusitswe Masimo aged 68, coming in first with 9. 00 minutes, followed by Gaboepelwe Manja (64) with 9. 14 minutes and lastly John Moruti (60) coming in third with 9. 28 minutes.

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