Fes­ti­val a boon for tourism

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LAST Satur­day’s in­au­gu­ral Malet­sun­yane Braai Fes­ti­val turned out to be a boon for do­mes­tic tourism as well as Se­monkong lo­cals who made a killing hir­ing out their horses and don­keys to the vis­i­tors.

The event which was held against the back­drop of the spec­tac­u­lar world-fa­mous wa­ter­falls in Se­monkong was hailed by the lo­cals who said they nor­mally rented out their an­i­mals for amounts rang­ing from M200 to M365 depend­ing on the time frame.

How­ever, they said they charged M20 for a 10 minute ride which en­abled them to reap far greater re­wards due to the greater numbers of vis­i­tors es­pe­cially ladies who were ea­ger to savour the horse rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for the first time.

“We mostly rent out the horses via the Lodge and since we are many we sel­dom make money. This is the first time we have had so many peo­ple vis­it­ing this area in one day,” said one local Lep­hole Pheko, adding, “The M20 may ap­pear a small amount but the money I made is way too much”.

The fes­ti­val was held to pro­mote do­mes­tic tourism in line with the Le­sotho Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion’s Know Your

Coun­try First cam­paign. Scores of rev­ellers came from all over the coun­try, some ar­riv­ing on Fri­day while oth­ers ar­rived in the early hours of Satur­day.

It was a re­laxed event where the tourists brought their own braai stands, meat and bev­er­ages and en­joyed the sooth­ing mu­sic pro­vided by Jam Ses­sions Sounds and var­i­ous dee­jays in­clud­ing DJ Napoli­nah.

LTDC Se­nior Tourism Of­fi­cer, Mo­lapo Matela hailed the event for pro­mot­ing do­mes­tic tourism, say­ing, “There have been dif­fer­ent kinds of events in the past which have pro­moted do­mes­tic tourism but not one that was able to draw so much at­ten­tion as this one”.

“It was also big in that the com­mu­nity of Se­monkong ben­e­fit­ted and there were no re­ports of them be­ing ex­ploited,” he said.

AN aerial shot of the scores of rev­ellers who at­tended the Malet­sun­yane Braai Fes­ti­val.

JAM Ses­sions’ DJ Napoli­nah belts out tunes that spiced up the mood.

REV­ELLERS start-up the fire for the braai.

SOME of the rev­ellers who at­tended the Malet­sun­yane Braai Fes­ti­val.

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