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Expedition Concept

ADVENTURE CONCEPT

  • What is Adventure Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=occW94DgWT4&t=17s
  • Adventure racing is a multi-discipline endurance sport where competitors compete in teams, navigating from control point to control point in a number of disciplines.
  • Disciplines include: horse riding, mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rope work and orienteering.
  • Teams are expected to navigate using a map and landmarks.
  • Teams must be able to operate in harsh remote environments in all weather conditions.
  • Teams travel throughout the night.  They can decide if, when and where to rest.
  • The first team to complete the whole course, with all the control points visited will be declared the winner.
  • Teams are required to complete the entire distance together (always within hearing and visual distance of each other), helping and assisting each other.
  • Teamwork and team dynamics are essential. A detailed understanding of your teammates and of your own capabilities is essential.

 

History of Expedition Africa

Meet the Expedition Africa Team

Meet the Expedition Africa Team

Heidi and Stephan Muller

 

Race Directors

Sharing our love for adventure and traveling to like minded people. Striving for excellence in the adventures we create. #itsallaboutlove


Anton Muller

 

Anton Muller has been assisting Kinetic Events with their GPS tracking and live race websites for the past 8 years. Anton lives in Perth, Australia with his wife and 3 children. He usually joins us for the major races and manages the smaller races remotely from Australia. For those have not previously met Anton, he is actually Stephan's (slightly) older brother. In the real world, Anton works as an IT Analyst, specializing in Data Analytics. He is also a very keen cyclist, regularly competing in mountain & road races.

Simon Faragher

 

Thrill seeking, gadgets galore techno junkie mastermind of Elevated Adventure Films ... the ‘quietly gets on with it behind the scenes’ guy of the team.

Sharla Faragher

 

THAT friend that everyone has ,unapologetically loud,loving and only slightly in your face.... the ‘voice and maybe a bit bossy’ gal of the team.

Dewald v Tonder

 

A bearded, funny, excitable, wine loving meat eater.... the ‘other quiet guy behind the scenes’ of the team.

Ian Sime

 

The Expedition Africa film crew noob...red haired laugh out loud kinda guy....the ‘will stalk you all throughout the race’ guy of the team.

Bruce Viaene

 

Bruce Viaene is an Adventure and Sports photographer based in East London, South Africa. He aims to capture the atmosphere and essence of each event and lifestyle client on both national and international platforms. Bruce has been the official photographer for Expedition Africa for 7 years.

Trystan Viaene

 

Trystan Viaene is a media and communications specialist, based in East London, South Africa. Since founding Hype PR in 2014, Adventure Racing has been a significant feature in the companies work in terms of generating credible and dynamic exposure for adventure based clients in terms of media releases, social media and media team management.

Kirsten Oliver

 

Kirsten is a freelance photographer addicted to photographing adventure races and other events that showcase the relationship of people and the beautiful world around them. She delights in chasing after Adventure teams in wild terrains across the globe to capture the essence of their journey for the world to enjoy. Kirsten has photographed a number of adventure racing expeditions from Raid in France to Expedition Africa and India. In 2019 she will be traveling to Scandinavia once again to shoot for the Nordic Islands Adventure Race before returning South for Expedition Africa Rodrigues a few months later. Watch out for images encapsulating adventure racers exploring some of the most unique and spectacular places in the world."

Jacques Marais

 

Jacques Marais rates as one of South Africa’s most respected adventure photojournalists, and has been writing about and photographing action sports around the world for more than three decades. He is an elected ambassador for a range of premium imaging and sporting brands, including SONY XPERIA, GIANT BIKES, SPOT AFRICA, FRONT RUNNER AND PEAK DESIGN. He has also authored more than a dozen outdoor guidebooks, is an award-winning GETTY photographer and regularly contributes feature articles to premium international publications.

Craig Giese

 

Craig Giese is an Outdoor Adventure Photographer and Media Content Developer based in East London, South Africa.
He has a passion for the outdoors, caring for the environment and is inspired by nature.
“Adventure is all around us. We just need to go and
He loves any adventure based activities, exploring big mountains and capturing special moments from his adventures.
He has worked with Kinetic Events on Expedition India (2017, 2019) and this will be his 2nd Expedition Africa Event and is looking forward to exploring the magnificent Island of Rodrigues.
Favourite Adventure quote
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Adam Rose

 

Reporting for Sleepmonsters.com, Adam Rose is an adventure racing addict, whether grinding it out in the mud or hiking over a mountain, reporting on teams doing the same, or simply dot watching from his cave. He is super stoked to be returning to cover Expedition Africa 2019, and hopes to do the teams justice in covering their epic adventure. If seen babbling incoherently out in the wilds of Rodrigues, feed him coffee and a sound bite, and point him in the direction of a power source - sleep deprivation doesn't only effect the racers.

Terence Vrugtman

 

Terence Vrugtman is a dynamic Photographer and Media & Communications Personality within the outdoor and adventure sports world!

Hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, Terence has forged a name for himself in the industry. He is both a National and an International photographer and is highly sort after. Through the lens of his camera, he captures the essence of his clients, event or sport, focussing not only on what the person has to offer but the atmosphere and surroundings around the event and/or person.

AdventureLife Media Services is well known for its coverage of Adventure Sports, generating incredible exposure and educating the general public on the dynamics and excitement within the sport. Terence’s love and passion for the outdoors and participation in this lifestyle spills over into his photography and documentation of these events, and the atmosphere of Adventure Sports and its contestants never leave the public lacking in imagination as to what is happening out in the “field” when those mountains are turned into beasts and feet are blistered and sore!

Simon

 

Simon is a part owner and director of Synige MedX (Pronounced, Synergy MedX). He is a qualified Advanced Life Support Paramedic whose passion is providing medical support to events and projects in remote and challenging environments.

Simon's experience has taken him to many remote and interesting places on the planet in support of a diverse range of activities on land, at sea and in the air. He has been supporting the Kinetic Brand since 2015. He views support from a wholistic perspective. The means that while while patient care is important, prevention plays a key part, this can be as simple as making coffee, and unloading trailers or as complex as assisting in search and rescue. Simon is also a Husband to an amazing Wife and Father to two boys who he loves to include in his adventures.

Find a Team

FIND A TEAM

  If you want to join an existing team, create a new team or are looking for members to fill up your team, contact us at bio@netactive.co.za and we will list your contact details below:

Team Media and Volunteers

TEAM MEDIA

  • It is recommended that each team bring along their own media person.
  • This is ideal if a team wants to maximize coverage of their progress during this adventure. 
  • The team media person is required to set up and manage a team Facebook page as well as individual Facebook pages and all other social media platforms. A post event report on social media reach will be required.
  • Our course design takes into account route accessibility to the media to ensure you can capture and share the most captivating images and stories to the world.
  • Own transport is compulsory and all accommodation, food and drink is for own account.
  • Internet connectivity can be achieved by buying an internet data card. 
  • A standard waiver need to be signed at media briefing by all media persons to ensure no information is shared to the teams. 

We can offer you:

  • Set of maps and attendance to media briefing.

  • Event garment.

  • Awards ceremony dinner.

VOLUNTEERS

  • The best way to be part of the race if you cannot participate yourself is to become a volunteer.

  • If you are interested please contact Heidi - 082 564 6468 or mail at heidi@kinetic-events.co.za

  • Volunteers just need to reach the registration venue on their own cost.

  • Volunteers will receive a race garment.

  • Accommodation will be provided. Specific details to be provided on request.

  • Come and be part of this adventure.

Team format and Teams entered

TEAM FORMAT

  • Teams of 4 members of any combination - (males and/or females)

  • Teams of 2 members of any combination - (males and/or females)

  • Only mixed teams of four with at least one member being female will be eligible for the free entry at the Adventure Racing World Championship in 2020.

TEAMS ENTERED

1. TEAM THE ORIGINALS (Expedition Africa 2020 will be the tenth Expedition Africa for all four members of this team)

  • Donovan Sims  - South Africa
  • Garth Peinke - South Africa
  • Craig Powell - South Africa
  • Adrian Saffy -South Africa
2. TEAM

Location Information - Lesotho

LOCATION INFORMATION

  • The location will be Lesotho, the Kingdom in the Sky.

  • Event HQ and accommodation partner is Afriski Mountain Resort:  https://www.afriski.net/

  • International teams must book their flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg

 

LESOTHO GENERAL INFORMATION

Lesotho officially the Kingdom of Lesotho, is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country, and the only one outside of the Italian peninsula. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq mi) in size and has a population of around 2 million. Its capital and largest city is Maseru.

Lesotho was previously the British Crown Colony of Basutoland, but it declared independence from the United Kingdom on 4 October 1966. It is now a fully sovereign state that is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The name Lesotho roughly translates to "the land of the people who speak Sesotho

It is the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) in elevation. Its lowest point of 1,400 metres (4,593 ft) is thus the highest in the world. Over 80 percent of the country lies above 1,800 metres (5,906 ft), hence its nickname, ‘Kingdom in the Sky’.

 

History      

The original inhabitants of the area now known as Lesotho were the San people. Examples of their rock art can be found in the mountains throughout the area.

 

Rule of Moshoeshoe I (1822–1868)

The present Lesotho, then called Basutoland, emerged as a single polity under King Moshoeshoe I in 1822. Moshoeshoe, a son of Mokhachane, a minor chief of the Bakoteli lineage, formed his own clan and became a chief around 1804. Between 1821 and 1823, he and his followers settled at the Butha-Buthe Mountain, joining with former adversaries in resistance against the Lifaqane associated with the reign of Shaka Zulu from 1818 to 1828.

Subsequent evolution of the state hinged on conflicts between British and Dutch colonists leaving the Cape Colony following its seizure from the French-allied Dutch by the British in 1795.

Missionaries invited by Moshoeshoe I, Thomas Arbousset, Eugène Casalis and Constant Gosselin from the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society, placed at Morija, developed orthography and printed works in the Sesotho language between 1837 and 1855. Casalis, acting as translator and providing advice on foreign affairs, helped to set up diplomatic channels and acquire guns for use against the encroaching Europeans and the Griqua people.

Trekboers from the Cape Colony arrived on the western borders of Basutoland and claimed land rights, beginning with Jan de Winnaar, who settled in the Matlakeng area in May–June 1838. As more Boers were moving into the area they tried to colonise the land between the two rivers, even north of the Caledon, claiming that it had been abandoned by the Sotho people. Moshoeshoe subsequently signed a treaty with the British Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir George Thomas Napier, that annexed the Orange River Sovereignty that many Boers had settled. These outraged Boers were suppressed in a brief skirmish in 1848. In 1851 a British force was defeated by the Basotho army at Kolonyama, touching off an embarrassing war for the British. After repelling another British attack in 1852, Moshoeshoe sent an appeal to the British commander that settled the dispute diplomatically, then defeated the Batlokoa in 1853. In 1854 the British pulled out of the region, and in 1858 Moshoeshoe fought a series of wars with the Boers in the Free State–Basotho War, losing a great portion of the western lowlands. The last war in 1867 ended when Moshoeshoe appealed to Queen Victoria, who agreed to make Basutoland a British protectorate in 1868.

 

British rule (1866–1966)

In 1869, the British signed a treaty at Aliwal North with the Boers that defined the boundaries of Basutoland, and later Lesotho, which by ceding the western territories effectively reduced Moshoeshoe's Kingdom to half its previous size.

Following the cession in 1869, the British initially transferred functions from Moshoeshoe's capital in Thaba Bosiu to a police camp on the northwest border, Maseru, until administration of Basutoland was transferred to the Cape Colony in 1871. Moshoeshoe died on 11 March 1870, marking the end of the traditional era and the beginning of the colonial era. He was buried at Thaba Bosiu. In the early years of British rule between 1871 and 1884, Basutoland was treated similarly to other territories that had been forcibly annexed, much to the chagrin of the Basotho. This led to the Gun War in 1881.

In 1884, Basutoland was restored to its status as a protectorate, with Maseru again its capital, but remained under direct rule by a governor, though effective internal power was wielded by traditional chiefs.

 

Independence (1966–present)

Basutoland gained its independence from Britain and became the Kingdom of Lesotho in 1966.

 

Politics

The Lesotho Government is a parliamentary or constitutional monarchy. The Prime Minister, Tom Thabane, is head of government and has executive authority. The King of LesothoLetsie III, serves a largely ceremonial function; he no longer possesses any

 

Climate

Because of its elevation, Lesotho remains cooler throughout the year than other regions at the same latitude. Most of the rain falls as summer thunderstormsMaseru and surrounding lowlands often reach 30 °C (86 °F) in summer. Winters can be cold with the lowlands getting down to −7 °C (19 °F) and the highlands to −18 °C (0 °F) at times. Snow is common in the highlands between May and September; the higher peaks can experience snowfalls year-round. Lesotho sees 300 days of sunshine every year. 

 

Wildlife

There are known to be 339 bird species in Lesotho, including 10 globally threatened species and 2 introduced species, 17 reptile species, including geckos, snakes and lizards, and 60 mammal species endemic to Lesotho, including the endangered white-tailed rat.

Lesotho flora is Alpine, due to the high and mountainous terrain.

Lesotho has a dinosaur named after it. The Lesothosaurus evolved in the early Jurassic period, just over 200 million years ago. Early fossils were uncovered in Lesotho.In 2017, one of the largest dinosaur footprints ever found was discovered in Lesotho. Measuring 57cm, the footprint comes from a dinosaur named Kayentapus ambrokholohali. A relative of the Tyrannosaurus rex, it is estimated to be 2.7m tall and 9m long, making it one of the largest dinosaurs to ever roam Africa.

Economy

Lesotho is geographically surrounded by South Africa and economically integrated with it. The economy of Lesotho is based on agriculture, livestock, manufacturing and mining, and depends heavily on inflows of workers' remittances and receipts from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). The majority of households subsist on farming. The formal sector employment consists mainly of female workers in the apparel sector, male migrant labour, primarily miners in South Africa for three to nine months, and employment by the Government of Lesotho (GOL). The western lowlands form the main agricultural zone. Almost 50 percent of the population earn income through informal crop cultivation or animal husbandry with nearly two-thirds of the country's income coming from the agricultural sector.

Lesotho has taken advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to become the largest exporter of garments to the US from sub-Saharan Africa.  US brands and retailers sourcing from Lesotho include: Foot Locker, Gap, Gloria Vanderbilt, JCPenney, Levi Strauss, Saks, Sears, Timberland and Wal-Mart. 

Water and diamonds are Lesotho's significant natural resources. Water is used through the 21-year, multibillion-dollar Lesotho Highlands Water Project(LHWP), under the authority of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority. The project commenced in 1986. The LHWP is designed to capture, store, and transfer water from the Orange River system to South Africa's Free State and greater Johannesburg area, which features a large concentration of South African industry, population, and agriculture. Completion of the first phase of the project has made Lesotho almost completely self-sufficient in the production of electricity and generated approximately US$70 million in 2010 from the sale of electricity and water to South Africa. The World BankAfrican Development BankEuropean Investment Bank, and many other bilateral donors financed the project.

Diamonds are produced at the Letšeng, Mothae, Liqhobong, and Kao mines, which combined are estimated to produce 240,000 carats of diamonds in 2014, worth US$300 million. The Letšeng mine is estimated to produce diamonds with an average value of US$2172/carat, making it the world’s richest mine on an average price per carat basis. 

In 1957, a South African adventurer, colonel Jack Scott, accompanied by a young man named Keith Whitelock, set out prospecting for diamonds. They found their diamond mine at 3,100 m elevation, on top of the Maluti Mountains in northeastern Lesotho, some 70 km from Mokhotlong at Letšeng. In 1967, a 601-carat (120.2 g) diamond (Lesotho Brown) was discovered in the mountains by a Mosotho woman. In August 2006, a 603-carat (120.6 g) white diamond, the Lesotho Promise, was discovered at the Letšeng-la-Terae mine. Another 478-carat (95.6 g) diamond was discovered at the same location in 2008.

The official currency is the loti (plural: maloti), but can be used interchangeably with the South African rand.

 

Demographics

Lesotho has a population of approximately 2,203,821. The population distribution of Lesotho is 25 percent urban and 75 percent rural.

 

Languages

The main language, Sesotho, is also the first official and administrative language, and it is what Basotho speak on an ordinary basis.

 

Religion

The population of Lesotho is estimated to be more than 95 percent Christian. Protestants account for 50 percent of the population. Roman Catholics represent nearly 40 percent of the population.

 

Education and literacy

According to recent estimates, 85 percent of women and 68 percent of men over the age of 15 are literate. As such, Lesotho holds one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, in part because Lesotho invests over 12 percent of its GDP in education. Unlike in most other countries, in Lesotho female literacy (84.93 percent) exceeds male literacy (67.75 percent) by 17.18 percentage points.

 

Health

Life expectancy at birth in Lesotho in 2016 was 51 years for men and 55 for women.

 

Culture

Traditional musical instruments include lekolulo, a kind of flute used by herding boys, setolo-tolo, played by men using their mouth, and the woman's stringed thomo.

The national anthem of Lesotho is "Lesotho Fatše La Bo-ntata Rona", which literally translates into "Lesotho, Land of Our Fore-Fathers".

The traditional style of housing in Lesotho is called a mokhoro. Many older houses, especially in smaller towns and villages, are of this type, with walls usually constructed from large stones cemented together. Baked mud bricks and especially concrete blocks are also used nowadays, with thatched roofs still common, although often replaced by corrugated roofing sheets.

Traditional attire revolves around the Basotho blanket, a thick covering made primarily of wool. The blankets are ubiquitous throughout the country during all seasons, and worn differently by men and women.

 

Cuisine

The cuisine of Lesotho includes African traditions and British influences. The national dish of Lesotho is Motoho, a fermented sorghum porridge eaten throughout the country.

 

Traditional food

Because Lesotho has limited food resources, a majority of families in the country raise their own food and livestock to support themselves and their families.

Some staple foods include pap-pap, a cornmeal porridge covered with a sauce consisting of various vegetables. Tea and locally brewed beer are popular choices for beverages.

 

In popular media

2018 film Black Panther director Ryan Coogler stated that his depiction of Wakanda was inspired by Lesotho. Basotho blankets also became more known as a result of the film.

An episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? had Lesotho as the correct answer to the $1 million question. ("Which of the following landlocked countries has its borders completely contained in another country?")

 

Airport Transfers and Host Resort

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

  • Free transfers for international teams from O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the host resort in Lesotho are provided in the entry fee.
  • South African teams can use their own transport to the host resort, and park their vehicles at the resort for the duration of the race.
  • South African teams who requires an airport transfer from O. R. Tambo International Airport to the host resort in Lesotho  can book a transfer at bio@netactive.co.za. Cost will be R 500 one way.

HOST RESORT

  • Afriski Mountain Resort. https://www.afriski.net/
  • Teams will check in to this resort for 10 days and this resort will also host the finish area.
  

AFRISKI MOUNTAIN RESORT is the only skiing resort in Lesotho, located 3050 m above sea-level (just below Mahlasela Pass, 3222 m) in the  Maluti Mountains, operating in Southern Africa near the northern border of Lesotho and South Africa. It is one of only two ski resorts in southern Africa. The resort is a 4.5-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria via the steep tarred Moteng Pass and the Mahlasela pass; it sits along Highway A1. The resort can accommodate about 320 people in various types of accommodation. Depending on your budget, teams can book in to luxury chalets to basic backpackers lodging.

WINTER ADVENTURE IN THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM

It is a little-known fact that people have been skiing in various Southern African mountain ranges since 1929. One of the most ideally-suited locations are the Maluti mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho. A lot has changed since 1929 and from 2004 modern snow-making facilities and lifts to Afriski were introduced, which allowed skiing and snowboarding to flourish. The resort operates much as a European ski village, including all the essential components for a great ski holiday with accommodation, ski equipment, snow passes, ski school, hospitality etc.

The resort offers a 1 km ski slope, beginners’ slope and operates during the winter months (June–August).

 

SUMMER AT AFRISKI: ADRENALINE ON TAP

When the last of the snow has left the Maluti mountains and the weather heats up, Afriski shifts gear. The natural mountain landscape is a perfect destination for all outdoorsmen, and Afriski becomes a hub of mountain biking, trail-running, guided enduro motorbike trips, paintball, hiking, 4×4 activities and now Adventure Racing.

 

SKY RESTAURANT

Sky Restaurant is the highest restaurant in Africa and has a relaxed atmosphere, a family-friendly menu, and a real Austrian feel. Sky is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and our menu provides for all tastes from homemade burgers to pizzas fresh from the oven, and delicious steaks, to more traditional, homely meals. With a dedicated Kiddies Menu, there is something for everyone, both young and old. The friendly Sky staff will have you feeling happy and relaxed while you fill up on delicious food and soak up the warm atmosphere. Take-away options are also available, with our pizza being a very popular choice in that regard. Come and join us for a unique ‘dine in the sky’ experience.

Dates & Times

DATES & TIMES

9 APRIL - 19 APRIL 2020

 

THURSDAY 9 APRIL

  • 11h00: International team transfer from O.T. International Airport in Johannesburg to Lesotho. (6 hours).

  • International teams must do all shopping before transfer to resort. No shops in vicinity of resort.

  • Advisable that international teams arrive in Johannesburg on Wednesday and do food shopping on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning before transfer departure.

  • All teams to check in at Afriski Mountain Resort.

 
FRIDAY 10 APRIL
  • 8h00: Event administration, Team Registration and Equipment inspection.

  • 12h00: Team race briefing

  • 14h00: Media briefing

  • 17h00: Opening ceremony and teams welcoming.

 
SATURDAY 11 APRIL
  • 7h00: Re-supply boxes hand in, 

  • 7h00: Packed cycle boxes hand in. 

  • 7h00: Packed kayak bags hand in.

  • 10h00: Logistical team to depart to start area.

 

SUNDAY 12 APRIL

  • 2h00: Bus transport for all teams to start area (6 hours)

  • 8h00: Teams to unpack cycles from cycle boxes at start area

  • 8h30: Flag parade.

  • 9h00: Start of Expedition Africa 2020 Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky.

 

SATURDAY 18 APRIL

  • 17h00. Awards ceremony and dinner.

 
 
SUNDAY 19 APRIL
  • 6h00: International teams bus transfer to O.R. Tambo international Airport, Johannesburg.

  • Onwards flights only to be booked from 14h00 from O. R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.

  • Accommodation check out for all teams and departure.

 

Online Entry and Entry Procedure

ENTRY PROCEDURE

  • Click below to open the online entry

  • Fill in online entry form.

  • Visit accommodation tab to choose accommodation that fits requirements and budget.

  • Make one payment of entry fee and accommodation selected.

  • First 50 teams to make full payment of entry fee and accommodation will be accepted.     

  • Team member substitutions can still be made until 9 March 2020. No charge for the substitutions.

ONLINE ENTRY

Click here to complete an online entry:
 
ENTRIES OPENS 1 OCTOBER 2019
 

ENTRY FEE 

  • R 48 000 per team of four.  

  • R 30 000 per team of two

  • Accommodation is not included in entry fee. Visit accommodation tab to book accommodation   

 

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES

  • A full service Expedition Adventure which forms part of the Adventure Racing World Series.

  • Team Logistical support.

  • An Expedition Africa 2020 garment.

  • Race Bib

  • Awards ceremony dinner.

  • Two Fluid double kayaks for the team and paddles if needed.

  • Spot Live tracking of teams progress.

  • Medical backup.

  • Local hand made trophy.

 

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Teams may cancel their entry at any stage by e-mailing the event organizers. No refunds are applicable at any stage.

  • Teams are not permitted to transfer their fees paid to future editions of Expedition Africa if they are not able to make this edition of the event.
  • Teams are permitted to transfer or sell their entry to another team if available. This will be a transaction between the teams. Teams must notify Expedition Africa as soon as possible in the case of a team entry being transferred or sold.

  • If two teams do not have sufficient members and decide to join together, this will be strictly considered as one team cancelling their entry. Refund policy will be as stated above, no exceptions.

  • If the race is cancelled due to acts of god, natural disasters, terrorism or other reasons etc., the organizers will make every effort to refund as much of the entry fee as possible to all teams. However, all teams should be aware that any refunds will be made after event costs have been taken into consideration. Given the high number of fixed costs associated with organizing the race teams should also be aware that any refund is likely to be minimal. The race will not be re-scheduled.

Accommodation Booking

ACCOMMODATION BOOKING PROCEDURE

  • Accommodation cost are not part of the entry fee.

  • See list of accommodation below, see link to website to view each type of accommodation.

  • Select accommodation choice and email Stephan at bio@netactive.co.za to reserve it. DO NOT CONTACT RESORT DIRECTLY.

  • Email Stephan at bio@netactive.co.za if you need to find out more about the room bed configuration.

  • Add payment with entry fee only after you have secured an entry when entries open on 1 October.

  • Reservation will be held for one week. If no payment is received, accommodation will be opened for reservations again.

  • All accommodation price packages indicated below is for ten nights stay. No shorter options.

  • Check in Thursday 9 April and check out Sunday 19 April. No checking out during event. 

  • Teams can share accommodation, i.e. two teams in one chalet.

  • Family and supporters can also share accommodation with teams.

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

The chalets, apartments and backpackers have self catering facilities. The lodge rooms have no self catering facilities - Teams can eat all meals in restaurant.
 
 
  1. COURCHEVEL: R 16 000. Sleeps 10 people / 4 rooms / 4 double beds / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  2. MARIBEL: R 13 000. Sleeps 8 people / 3 rooms / 2 double beds / 2 bunk beds. - RESERVED

  3. DAVOS: R 16 000. Sleeps 10 people / 4 rooms / 4 double beds / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  4. IMOYA: R 16 000. Sleeps 10 people / 4 rooms / 3 double beds / 2 bunk beds. - RESERVED

  5. ST. MORITZ: R 16 000. Sleeps 11 people / 4 rooms / 3 double beds / 1 single bed / 2 bunk beds. - RESERVED 

  6. CHAMONIX: R 13 000. Sleeps 8 people / 3 rooms / 2 double beds / 2 bunk beds. - RESERVED

  7. INNSBRUCK: R 13 000. Sleeps 8 people / 3 rooms /1 double bed / 2 bunk beds / 2 single beds. - RESERVED

  8. PARK CITY: R 16 000. Sleeps 10 people / 4 rooms / 3 double beds / 2 bunk beds. 

  9. SEEFELD: R 13 000. Sleeps 8 people / 3 rooms / 1 double bed / 2 bunk beds / 2 single beds. - RESERVED

  10. ST.JOHAN:  R 10 000. Sleeps 6 people / 2 rooms / 1 double bed / 2 bunk beds. - RESERVED

  11. LILLYHAMMER: R 14 000. Sleeps 8 people / 5 rooms (2 kids rooms) / 1 double bed / 2 single beds / 2 bunk beds. -RESERVED

  12. NEPAL: R 13 000. Sleeps 8 people / 3 rooms / 2 double beds / 2 bunk beds. 

  13. MOTSWALE: R 16 000. Sleeps 10 people / 5 rooms / 3 double beds / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

 
 
 
  1. ASPEN BOTTOM: R 9 000. Sleeps 6 people / 3 rooms / 2 double beds / 2 single beds. - RESERVED

  2. ASPEN MIDDLE: R 12 000. Sleeps 8 people / 4 rooms / 2 double beds / 4 single beds. - RESERVED

  3. ASPEN TOP: R 12 000. Sleeps 8 people / 2 rooms / 2 double beds / 4 single beds. - RESERVED

  4. COURCHEVEL: R 6 000. Sleeps 4 people / 2 rooms / 2 double beds. - RESERVED

  5. ALPES D'HUES:  R 3 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. - RESERVED

  6. ALPES D'HUES: R 3 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. - RESERVED

  7. ALPES D'HUES: R 6 500. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 1 double bed / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  8. ALPES D'HUES: R 3 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. - RESERVED

  9. ALPES D'HUES: R 3 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. - RESERVED

 
 
 
  1. TIROL 1: R 6 500. Sleeps 5 people / 1 room / 1 double bed / 1 single bed / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  2. TIROL 2: R 6 500. Sleeps 5 people / 1 room / 1 double bed / 1 single bed / 1 bunk bed. 

  3. TIROL 3: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  4. TIROL 4: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. 

  5. TIROL 5: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. 

  6. TIROL 6: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. 

  7. TIROL 7: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people/ 1 room / 1 double bed / 1 bunk bed. 

  8. TIROL 8: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people/ 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed. 

  9. TIROL 9: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. 

  10. TIROL 10: R 5 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 1 double bed / 1 bunk bed. 

  11. TIROL 11: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed. 

  12. TIROL 12: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 2 single beds.  - RESERVED

  13. VAIL 1: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 2 single beds. - RESERVED

  14. VAIL 2: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 2 single beds.

  15. VAIL 5: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed.

  16. VAIL 6: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 2 single beds.

  17. VAIL 7: R 4 500. Sleeps 4 people / 4 single beds.

  18. VAIL 9: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 double bed.

  19. VAIL 10: R 2 500. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 2 single beds.

  20. VAIL 11: R 4 500. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 single beds / 1 bunk bed.

 
 
 
  1. ANDORRA 1: R 8 500. Sleeps 10 people / 2 rooms / 5 bunk beds. 
 
 
 
 
  1. ROOM 3: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  2. ROOM 4: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  3. ROOM 5: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  4. ROOM 6: R 5 000. Sleeps 8 people / 1 room / 4 bunk beds. 

  5. ROOM 8: R 5 000. Sleeps 8 people / 1 room / 4 bunk beds. 

  6. ROOM 9: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  7. ROOM 10: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  8. ROOM 11: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  9. ROOM 12: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  10. ROOM 13: R 2 000. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 bunk bed. 

  11. ROOM 14: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  12. ROOM 15: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  13. ROOM 16: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  14. ROOM 17: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  15. ROOM 18: R 2 000. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 bunk bed. - RESERVED

  16. ROOM 19: R 2 000. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 bunk bed. 

  17. ROOM 20: R 2 000. Sleeps 2 people / 1 room / 1 bunk bed. 

  18. ROOM 21: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk bed. 

  19. ROOM 22: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  20. ROOM 23: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

  21. ROOM 24: R 3 000. Sleeps 4 people / 1 room / 2 bunk beds. 

Distance, Route and Disciplines

DISTANCE AND ROUTE

  • The expedition will cover approximately 500 km. Winning team 72 hours (sleep excluded), last team six days.

  • Mountain biking 54 % = 270 km (approx)

  • Trekking 36% = 180 km (approx)

  • Kayaking 10% = 50 km (approx)

  • More accurate distances of individual legs will be released at registration and at Expedition briefing.

  • All teams will be able to finish before Saturday night awards ceremony

 

DISCIPLINES

  • Horse riding - teams will be provided with 4 Lesotho horses / ponies with a guide.

  • Mountain biking – teams should be prepared for a range of riding including single track, steep hills, gravel roads and sealed roads.

  • Trekking – will involve traveling by foot through rugged and diverse terrain. 

  • Kayaking - each team will receive a 2 double Fluid kayaks http://www.fluidkayaks.com/project/synergy-recreational-kayak/

  • Orienteering – orienteering is an extremely important part of the race. The course is not marked and teams are required to navigate using maps. 

  • Rope work - abseil.

Maps

MAPS

  • Maps supplied will be 1:50 000 topographical maps.

  • Teams will copy route on to maps from a master map as Expedition progresses. Information on this will be given at briefing.

  • Google maps may also be supplied for navigation on certain legs.

  • Waterproofing of maps is essential.

  • Stationary to prepare route on map is needed. Different colours pens, sellotape, scissors etc. Two sets to be placed in both re-supply boxes.

  • Maps will not be replaced if team misplaces maps.

Cycles Boxes and Re-supply boxes

CYCLE BOXES

  • Teams must provide their own waterproof cycle boxes for cycle transport.

  • Maximum dimensions allowed: 1400 x 800 x 300 mm

  • Maximum weight limit for one packed cycle box is 30 kg.

  • The cycle boxes must have handles on the sides to enable the volunteers to carry it.

  • The organisers will transport the cycles from transition to transition.

RE-SUPPLY BOXES

  • The organisers will provide teams with 2 re-supply boxes each at the start in which to pack gear and food.

  • Teams will need to plan meticulously all their equipment and sustenance, and then pack them into their re-supply boxes.

  • Size of the re-supply box is - 160 liter. (81 cm long * 37 cm wide * 40 cm high). Maximum packed weight 25 kg.

  • Only boxes supplied by the organizers may be used, teams can't use their own re-supply boxes.

  • The organizers will move these boxes to various points on the route.

  • Boxes will be available at designated transition areas somewhere on route. The position of these transition areas will be indicated in the adventure book.

  • Re-supply boxes needs to be secured with cable ties by the teams before being moved by the organisers.

Competency Required

COMPETENCY REQUIRED

  • At least two members of the team must be capable of navigating by compass and map during the day and night. The team must be able to orientate a map, identify grid references on a map, take a bearing between two points on a map, and understand the impact of magnetic declination.

  • The teams must be able to describe what your team will do if it became lost.

  • At least one member of the team must hold a minimum qualification of Level One First Aid.

  • All team members must be suitably competent in all the disciplines included in the event as specified by the race organizer and be able to complete the event without any assistance from any person other than their own team members.

  • Swim 100 m of any stroke.

  • Be able to attach their own harness and descending device to a fixed rope and complete the descent under control and safely. 

  • By entering this event, teams acknowledge that they are competent in all skills as stated above to complete such an event.

Equipment required and Inspection

EQUIPMENT

To be supplied at a later stage

Event Rules & Regulations & Personal Responsibility

EVENT RULES & REGULATIONS

 

Click HERE for the ARWS rules & regulations (download & save a copy)


PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

  •  I understand and acknowledge that participating in this event is a dangerous activity. I am aware and understand the activities I will be involved in. I am aware of the hazards involved and acknowledge that there is always risk of injury (including permanent injury, mental injury, paralysis and death). In my judgment I have sufficient competence, knowledge, common sense, experience, survival skills and equipment to participate in all the event activities in a manner safe to myself and others.
  • I understand and agree that, in the first instance, I am responsible for the provision of first aid to myself and those around me, I know and accept that rescue by the organisers, or emergency services, may not be possible immediately (e.g.: Night, rain, equipment failure, other rescue etc.)
  • If I get to a point in the course that I believe the level of inherent risk is unacceptable for me, and I am not confident in completing it safely, it is my responsibility to take action. I must choose an alternate route, avoid the hazard, or even withdraw from that leg or the race. I accept this self-responsibility.
  • Use common sense to “assess” areas for personal safety
  • I and my whole team have read this paragraph, understand it and indemnify the event organiser against all claims.

Eco Awareness

ECO AWARENESS

Teams are to adhere to the following stipulations at all times:

  • All waste is to be carried to the closest transition for disposal.

  • Human waste is to be buried between 20 and 25 cm below the soil surface.

  • Picking of flowers, cutting of walking sticks and/or any damage to the natural vegetation (even though they might appear to be dead) is prohibited. The making of fires, whatever the circumstances and no matter how small, are prohibited along the entire route.

  • No tree, rock etc. may be defaced in any manner.

  • Be polite and courteous to local inhabitants. Pass quietly through settlements, especially at night.

 

Prizes & Awards

PRIZES / AWARDS

  • First mixed team will receive a paid entry for the Adventure Racing World Championships in 2020.

  • All participants will receive local hand made Expedition Africa trophies.