Botswana: Xere Conservation Trust will showcase the Sesarwa culture through a cultural festival from 15-17 September 2023. The Conservation Trust Chairperson, Tshiamo Nkalape, this morning announced that the cultural festival will be officiated by the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, who is also the Member of Parliament for Boteti West Slumber Tsogwane.
Nkalape elaborated that Xere is a small village in Boteti, located about 14 km South of Rakops and has a population of about 400 people. He said the main challenge they are facing in the village is teenage pregnancy and lack of employment as the village is a bit far from services.
The chairperson further said they turned the challenges into an opportunity and established a Conservation Trust to uplift their lives and improve the village’s economy. He said the trust collaborated with a number of institutions to make their dream a reality.
Xere Cultural Festival Coordinator Rapula Kegopilwe enlightened that the event will run for two days and will be the first of its kind with unique experiences. He said on Friday, attendants will chase the sunset on a wide open salt pan while the second day will be filled with more activities, including game drives, animal tracking, cultural exhibition and quad biking.
Coordinator Rapula Kegopilwe urged the quad bikers to come prepared for a thrill from dusty biking on a salt pan. He said the night will be wrapped by the Sesarwa Traditional dance ensemble and the urban festival. The urban festival will feature giants in the entertainment industry, such as Dr Vom, Seeretsi and the natives.
Coordinator Kegopilwe said the cultural exhibition will give people a chance to learn the entire Sesarwa culture, adding that there will be traditional doctor’s consultations, traditional food and bead work. He encouraged all those going to Xere to ensure that they come on time for a full experience.