2023 Event
The Nkashi Classic is a mekoro race to crown the fastest poler in the Delta. The first event occurred in Maun in 2018, with a second event in 2019. Due to low water levels and Covid19, we missed out on 2020 and 2021. In 2022 we moved the event to Seronga where a successful race was held on 28 May. There were 88 participants and over 550 spectators who came together at the Mbiroba Polers Trust property where contestants in the categories of female, male and veteran all battled it out for the prizes. The race was also filmed as part of an upcoming documentary on the heritage of the mokoro and Nkashi Classic race, to be released in 2023. The event has grown the awareness of tourism, conservation, and communities that all rely on the Okavango Delta. This not only highlights this region of Ngamiland, but also allows community members from all over to partake in the event.

The Nkashi Classic Game

The Nkashi Classic Game is a simple race along the Okavango river in Botswana, avoiding obstacles like hippos, crocodiles and reeds navigating through various blocked channels and finishing in the fastest time possible. On the way you will have to collect water lilies and the word Nkashi for extra points.

Nkashi Classic - 2023

The 2023 Nkashi Classic will take place on Saturday 26th August in Maun. In the spirit of collaboration, we are inviting companies, organisations, tourism operators, governmental departments and businesses to help us sponsor various aspects of the event. A documentary ‘Nkashi: Race for the River’ is due for release in March this year which will add to the build-up of the event.
Maun 10am to 4pm Free Entry Bring family and friends for a fun day as we crown the fastest poler in the Delta. Bring your picnics, chair, picnic blanket, hats and cash, as there will be crafts and food for sale. Live entertainment while you watch the polers compete in a time trial race in the iconic Okavango Delta. Great prizes for the polers and giveaways on the day for the crowd. Pre-registered polers will compete with a limited number of 'wild card' entries on the day. For more information, please email info@nkashi.co.bw


We are confident that the Nkashi Classic will continue to be a day enjoyed by all and a showcase for local poling talent. It is a wonderful family day, with entertainment for all and a chance to celebrate this age-old tradition in a fun and positive way. A truly unique opportunity to sponsor a proudly Botswana event. If you would like to be part of this event, please contact us via email info@nkashi.co.bw or call us directly at 72 396 507.



The Nkashi Classic was launched for the first time this past Saturday in Maun as a celebration of the mokoro and the nkashi which is used to propel it. The colourful mokoro racing affair took the form of an individual time trial; each poler dashing along a set course on the Thamalakane River. Quite stirring was the overwhelming attendance by the locals, who came from all walks of the Ngamiland District life. The organisers seemed well prepared and organized as each and every person knew what to do and how to do it.


Main office: Plot #5639 Matlapana PO Box 350141
Email: info@nkashi.co.bw Mobile: 72 396 507

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