LINEO MABEKEBEKE

OUTDOOR events can be fun, but they come with a lot of challenges such as rain, mud, lack of access to bathroom and a list of other downsides.

With everyone indoors most of the day, there are still many activities that families can do in their own backyards, outdoor common areas or driveways.

Colours are just the beginning of every event staging efforts, with props that help to create the feeling of the great outdoors.

From August 28-29, Camp Rendezvous will be having a camping colour event, the ultimate outdoor adventure, camping, hiking and colour splash from the ever flowing Makhaleng River at the Ramabanta Trading Post.

The founder and manager of the Rendezvous, Bakoena Mokoena says the main aim is to promote Lesotho particularly the domestic tourism industry and to celebrate women.

Hike to Makhaleng River, board games, recreational activities like water slides and bonfire, he says are what revellers will experience.

Because the world is dealing with Gender based Violence, he wants to ensure that women are recognised and get the therapeutically camping experience, to talk about these stuff and see how they overcome such issues.

“In addition, Lesotho should be known for its mountains, rich culture and warm people, more specially in the highlands,” he adds.

From past experiences and events, Mokoena says he has learnt that people project camping outdoor activities as western culture, adding that he intends to change that concept.

“Now people seem to be enjoying outdoor life because I came up with ideas of making the experience memorable including Movie Night,” he says.

Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home with or without a shelter, such as a tent or a recreational vehicle.

Typically, campers leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural environments in pursuit of activities providing enjoyment. The night (or more) spent outdoors distinguishes camping from day tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities.

Through sponsors spreading the word effectively, people are actually adapting to domestic tourism, Mokoena says.

Adding: “When the COVID-19 pandemic closed all the borders, it forced us to focus more on our local grafts, travel, preserving heritage and culture also to change the perception of outdoor experience.

“Everybody is welcome to this event, but mostly women to celebrate and appreciate them.”