Have you always wanted to have one of those travel experiences like no other? Well, here is your chance! For three glorious days in August 2020— The Okavango Delta Music Festival is the place to be in Botswana. Your adventures begins when you leave from Maun and you’ll want to bring camping gear as this is not a resort town, but a blissfully unique environment in which you will be immersing into a culture along with nature. You can self-drive to the event or festival organizers will pick you up from a designated café in town. If you drive on your own, you’ll park near to the #festival and then take a traditional mokoro (canoe) over to the island where you’ll take part in this this wonderful cultural gathering which takes place on an ancient island near the small village of Tsutsubega.
With the floodplains of the Okavango Delta as your backdrop, you’ll enjoy great live music performed by local and international bands and DJ’s, see eco-art installations and eat incredibly delicious food while hanging out with with other travelers and locals.
Aside from the fact that this event takes places in one of the most incredible eco-regions in the world— with somewhere near 500 different bird species, 89 fish species, 128 mammal species, and around 150 reptiles and amphibian species living in and around the Okavango —not to mention it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this event serves to uplift the local community of Tsutsubega and that is the icing on this incredible cake.
The community has about 500 people who are mostly of the ancient Bayei tribe and this festival is one of the best ways to immerse yourself into Botswana’s intriguing cultures. Members of the community are active participants in the event and will welcome you with their local hospitality. Your showing up and participating in three days of fun is a great opportunity to engage in responsible travels, and to support socially minded endeavors. Here, your tourism truly matters—goes a long way to alleviate poverty within the Tsutsubega community, and it also supports the local wildlife.
This is a cultural experience you’ll never forget and you’d better hurry as the festival limits the event to 1500 tickets. Learn more at The Okavango Delta Music Festival website and if you are ready to make the trip, Soul Free Travels are Botswana Destination Specialists and can help you to create an amazing trip to Botswana.
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