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Easter excursion to promote tourism

Mohalenyane Phakela

AFRICA Picnic and Camping (APICA) will next weekend (Easter holidays) introduce a three-day fiesta to promote tourism in the country.

The family affair starts with a picnic at a camping site at Molimo Nthuse in the outskirts of Maseru on 30 March before it moves to Khotsong Lodge in Thaba Bosiu the next day for two days. The Molimo Nthuse edition will serve as a free activation party for ticket holders of the main event at Khotsong.

The Thaba Bosiu episode will boast a variety of activities which include swimming, karaoke, game views, braai, horse riding, camping, bonfire and exhibitions.

A kids’ corner has also been included where an array of activities will keep them entertained.

A host of musicians will include DJ Rocco from France, Bekezela (Zimbabwe) and South Africa’s Mango Groove. The three acts are scheduled to share the stage with Lesotho’s Apollo Ntabanyane, Mongali Nthako, Thabo Mosala, Khotso Molapo, Zagro Deejays, DJ Tseko, Tedozdj, Tapi Delux, NINE24, Trybz, Diboza and DJ Lym with Mavele as the MC on Saturday.

On 1 April (Sunday), the line-up boasts of American songstress, Monique Bingham, and South Africans, Sumthing Soweto, Christos and Lady Sakhe. Lesotho’s contingent features Mapule, SnatwaMazzino, Neo, DJ Hoasy, Pablodj, Lady Dee, Tedozdj, Tapi Delux, NINE24, Zagro Deejays, DJ Tseko, Diboza and Khotso Molapo with Lilaphalapha as the host.

Speaking to Xpress People recently, one of the organisers, Montoeli “Blaza” ‘Moleli, said that the aim was to promote adventure and family bonding.

“APICA is not a musical festival but an initiative aimed at promoting camping and bonding, where music only serves as a catalyst and mainly because this is the launch,” Blaza said.

“Easter is that time of the year when parents and their kids are all at home for so this is perfect for family.

“APICA also aims to expose the beauty of the African continent by allowing people to get in touch with nature.”

He said their next editions would take excursions to South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland before expanding to the rest of the continent.

“Taking it to the rest of the continent will intrigue more people to visit Lesotho and thus boosting our tourism influx.

“Since it originates from Lesotho, we will have multiple editions throughout the year at different tourist attractions around the country although the Easter event would be the biggest annually.

“We learnt that Basotho are not keen to explore the beauty of their country so the idea is also to promote domestic tourism.”

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