Maun’s Unusually Quiet Independence Holiday!


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  • Cresta Maun comes to the rescue with Beer Festival

Maun will this Independence holidays be unusually quiet, a rare occurrence for this tourism centre where entertainment has always taken the lead, and attracting thousands of travelers to its shore during this long weekend.

The social scene calendar this time around is without usual events – but all is not lost as Cresta Maun have come to the rescue with a first ever Beer Festival this weekend.

Many music festivals which are usually headlined by different international and local artists in different entertainment spots around Maun are not expected this time around, with the mood at its lowest compared to previous holiday when the town would be palpitating in anticipation, weeks before.

The Beer Festival – by far one of the most notable event so far will be take place this holidays at Cresta Maun on Independence Day – September 30.

Cresta Maun Hotel General Manager Seth Mongwaketse told the Weekender that the festival is held in collaboration with the Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KBL) to promote local beer and that types of alcohol sold every independence holidays.

The festival will be headlined by Motlha of Mmamotse fame who will also be performing live music as well as other local Djs. 

A single ticket of P250 will include a braii plate inclusive of a piece of steak, boerewors, chicken, chakalaka and pap together with a six pack of alcohol of choice. Then a double ticket of P380 will also include two braii plates, twelve pack of drinks and a cooler box will be charged at P60. Ticket will only be sold at Liquorama outlets.

Meanwhile Mongwaketse noted that Cresta Riley’s will be also on the same day hosting a Traditional Cuisine Luncheon where revelers will be spoiled for choice to a variety of local traditional cuisine. This will include the Tswana home brewed alcohol. For this event, an adult ticket will be sold at P150 and P80 for children.

Besides the Maun Cresta Beer Festival – there will also be some high profile sporting activities that are expected to draw large numbers of spectators. These will include the Nhabe 200 BML nationals off-road round 6 which will be held in Matshwane, with the route going past Samedupi and along the river, back to the finish point at the Maun monument.

There will also be the Maun Independence Football Fiesta that will bring together 4 teams where Township Rollers, Tafic and Red Stars will clash in Sankoyo the two-day event starting September 30 organised by Minorah Entertainment.

Another major sporting event will be the Somelo horse race and football tournament hosted by businessman, Reaboka Mbulawa.

Maun as the tourism hub, offers the usual activities that one can engage in as individuals, couples, groups of families to entertain themselves during the holidays. These range include day trips to the world renowned Moremi Game Reserve, do boat cruises, visiting the elephant havens, mokoro trips, scenic flights over the Okavango delta, visiting local craft shops, camel rides and horseback safari trips among others. 


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