A very chilly yet absolutely stunning canyon greeted the tired and the already cold yesterday morning. Many teams raced through the night to reach Transition 5 late last on Monday night in order to tackle the dark zone leg at 04h00 this morning.
The top five teams reached Transition 6 with plenty of time to refuel and rest before their early start. Skylotec Adventure and East Wind were the first teams in the canyon this morning closely followed by Thunderbolt AR.
More than half the field managed to race through the buffalo 'dark zone' before the zones shutdown commenced at 18h00 this evening. All teams between CP 17 and CP 21 had to setup camp at their exact spot, and were not allowed to move until 06h45 this morning.
To ensure the safety of all teams racing Expedition Africa, race organiser; Stephan Muller created the dark zone as a safety precaution, as athletes racing at night would not be able to see the buffalo in the area, which could create an extremely hazardous situation.
Team Skylotec Adventure were charged by buffalo when passing through the same area. The marshals and ECPTA have been roaming the area, and managed to intercept the chase with their vehicle, ensuring the safety of the team.
Marshals are on course patrolling the area, providing an element of safety to all teams within the zone.