The annual My Maun Experience (MME) December holiday tourism project is set to celebrate its fifth year anniversary.
Following their inaugural event in 2011 graced by local and South African celebrities, the event has grown bigger in their resolve to sell Maun as the destination of choice for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
“We would like to celebrate this landmark by making this year’s festivities by far our biggest and most memorable yet,” says organiser Dose Mosimanyane. The MME is the brainchild of Mosimanyane and Bissau Gaobakwe.
The event has over the past couple of years put more emphasis on promoting exercise and healthy lifestyle as evidenced by their physical activities such as the Breakfast Run, Cycling Challenge, and youth football coaching clinics.
The first activity of the usually week-long event shall see former Gaborone United, SuperSport United and Zebras star Dipsy Selolwane conducting a coaching clinic for an expected 150 children between ages of nine to 16 years.
Selolwane will be assisted by former Zebras teammates and some SA legends that used to play with him at the ABSA Premiership. The clinic will be followed by a corporate/social 8-aside tournament involving companies doing business in and around Maun and local social clubs.
“This year we are launching our first soccer boot drive dubbed “U-turn Dipsy Khoks for Christmas” with U-Turn Dipsy Trust raising money via donations from companies and the public to buy soccer boots to give to kids at the different places where the countrywide clinics will be hosted,” Mosimanyane says. Local businessman Tops Ledimo is the patron of the football coaching clinic.
On the same day (December 29, 2016), MME will also introduce their first athletics coaching clinic that will be conducted by 2012 Olympics silver medallist Nijel Amos, and other locals and SA athletes Onneile Dintwe, Letsatsi Pakiso, Max “Maxido” Ndolo. The clinic will run concurrently with the football one and will be for children of the same age groups. “Parents are requested to bring their kids to the stadium to come and be part of clinic,” says Mosimanyane.
December 30t will see the return of the MME Mountain Bike Race. The 34km race, which returns for the third consecutive year, will commence from Maun Lodge to Samedupe and back. Registration opened on 1December 1. Lawrence Lecha is the patron.
There will also be a ‘Clean up Maun Campaign’ following the cycling event. The cleaning has in the past years focused on the popular Big Tree spot
“Participants, tourists and locals will carry out the cleaning as part of their social responsibility activities,” Mosimanyane says.
“The real reason for this initiative is not just do it ourselves but to cultivate, grow and encourage a social responsibility culture in the whole community of Maun by getting them involved.”
Maun West Member of Parliament Kgosi Tawana Moremi is for the fourth year running the patron for the 4th MME Breakfast Run which takes place on December 31. The 12km race which starts in the early morning hours will commence and finish at Maun Lodge where the prize giving will also be held. Tourism Activities will follow the Breakfast Run.
“After the morning run, the rest of the morning going into late afternoon will be set aside to give people another experience of Maun. We will on this day, promote tourism leisure activities such as boat cruises, scenic flights, helicopter rides, horseback safaris and game drives working with Maun Lodge and Maun local safari companies,” says Mosimanyane.
He says there will also be a New Year’s Eve Music Show.
“We have partnered with Colours of Sound and Fresh Exclusive Entertainment to deliver The Maun New Year’s Eve Colour Festival. A one of a kind-themed music concert with a line-up of international and top local artists is billed to take place at the Maun Stadium,” he says, adding, “this will be a fully-fledged New Year’s Eve spectacle, complete with a grand fireworks display.”
New Year’s Day Sunday will see the return of the Wine & Whiskey Jamboree at the scenic Larcavana Farm in Chanoga, just 40km from Maun. The event, which wraps up the holiday activities, is a relaxed family-friendly day.
“It is through the event that we say farewell to our visitors where we give them a taste of our local food, music and culture,” Mosimanyane says. The event is also made possible by Mashadu Events and Kana Jang.