Expedition Africa is part of the Adventure Racing World Series http://arworldseries.com/
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: 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 through day and night, they can decide if, when and where to rest.
The first team to complete all the Expedition legs and visiting all the control points will be declared the winner.
Teams are required to complete the entire Expedition 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 team mates and your own capabilities is essential.
See the video and photo section for live footage and images of past Expedition Africa's
All Expedition Africa participants are encouraged to add a charity fundraising angle to your expedition experience!
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Please note DEADLINE FOR ORDERS are: Monday, 23 April 2018 with Heidi@kinetic-events.co.za
Agile LS Tee
Discovery FZ M
Trail runner LS M
Discovery HZ W (383054)
Discovery HZ W (383058)
Harvard Hoody FZ W
Harvard Hoody FZ M
Pico Vest M
Elevation Jacket W
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will list your contact details below.
Ben Giliomee, Male, 21 years old. Contact: email@example.com
Gaetan Tellier. France. With my team "Baragnas Raid Team" we finished Raid In France in 9th place, UTMB in 2016 in 37h48. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Team Media needs sufficient credentials and reach to qualify as Team Media.
Contact Heidi for applications: email@example.com.
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 food and drink is for own account
Internet connectivity can be achieved by buying a 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:
Team media will share accommodation with team. During the event media can sleep at transitions. If you want to sleep at more remote areas, your own tent is recommended.
Set of maps and attendance to media briefing.
Awards ceremony dinner.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
ENTRIES ARE NOW FULL
Please mail email@example.com if you still interested to enter.
A completed online entry form with at least one team member details to secure a provisional entry.
There is 50 team spots available for Expedition Africa 2018.
Closing date for entries 19 March 2018. An on-line entry and full payment required before this date or a full payment required when we reach our 50 team limit.
Accommodation will be allocated as entry is completed and fully paid.
Teams may pay via EFT or with a PayPal transfer. If you want to make use of PayPal, let us know and we will mail you a payment request. A 5% handling fee will be added to a PayPal payment.
E-Mail proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Team member substitutions can still be made until 30 April 2018. No charge for the substitutions.
R 44 000 - per team of four
R 30 000 - per team of two.
R = South African Rand
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES
A full service Expedition Adventure which forms part of the Adventure Racing World Series.
4 nights accommodation in our various host resorts. Friday 18 May, Saturday 19 May, Friday 25 May, Saturday 26 May. See Host resorts tab for details.
Team Logistical support.
An Expedition Africa garment and a race Bib
Kayaks and paddles for the team.
Cardboard cycle boxes. (if needed)
Spot Live tracking of teams progress.
South African Bank Details: (South African Rand Account)
International Bank details: (UK Pounds account)
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.
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 Reunion November 2018.
The location will be Namaqua West Coast in the Western Cape. www.namaquawestcoast.com
The host town will be Vanrhynsdorp.
Race HQ and registration will be at the Letsatsi Lodge: https://www.ncfamouslodges.co.za/Letsatsi%20accommodation.htm
The closest airport will be Cape Town International
Cape Town International Airport: www.capetown-airport.co.za
International teams can book their flights to Oliver Tambo International and a connecting flight to Cape Town, or teams can book their flights directly to Cape Town International.
The Namaqua West Coast is probably one of the Cape’s most unique travel destinations. It is a place of iconic beauty and evocative names.
The Namaqua West Coast has an extraordinary botanical heritage that ranges from the drama of the blooming vygieveld in spring, to the eccentric miniature succulents and obscure soil lichen of the Knersvlakte. What these plants have in common is that they represent one of the world’s most unique and threatened collections of plant species.
For those who prefer a more action packed holiday, the Namaqua West Coast has much to offer: from hiking in the Matzikamma, Koebee and Gifberg Mountains, to canoeing and river rafting on the Olifants River. Alternatively, take an off-road bike or 4x4 along the coast from Strandfontein to Jurge-se-Kaya or Brand-se-Baai, or visit the people of the hardeveld and towns like Molsvlei, Stofkraal and Putsekloof.
The West Coast Wine Route promises a more leisurely experience and usually begins with a visit to Trawal in the south and ends at Doringbaai.
Truth be told: there is no better way of concluding a visit to this amazing region than to enjoy a plate of fresh crayfish and a glass of regional wine in the shadow of Doringbaai’s lighthouse.
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FREE AIRPORT TRANSFERS FOR INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
18 May to 27 May 2018
Friday 18 May 9h00: Event administration, Team Registration, Maps and route release, Equipment inspection, Re-supply boxes hand out, Cycle box handout and Expedition book hand out.
Friday 18 May 13h00: Opening ceremony, Team introduction and route briefing.
Friday 18 May 14h30: Media briefing.
Friday 18 May 15h30: Volunteer briefing
Friday 18 May 17h00: Flag parade from Museum complex to Letsatsi Lodge.
Friday 18 May 18h00: Supper / Barbeque at Letsatsi Lodge with Klawer Wines. (Compulsory to attend)
Saturday 19 May 8h30: Shuttles for international teams to Vredendal supermarkets for supplies.
Saturday 19 May 9h00 - 11h00: all teams to pick up passport at Maskam shopping centre in Vredendal.
Saturday 19 May 16h00: Questions and answers
Sunday 20 May 05h00: Room check out.
Sunday 20 May 06h00: Transfer to Expedition Start.
Saturday 26 May 17h00. Closing ceremony and dinner at Namaqua Wines, Die Keldery. Shuttles provided from 16h00.
Sunday 27 May 7h00: Accommodation check out and shuttle for international teams to Cape Town International. 4 hours trip back to Cape Town International. Please note this for onward flights bookings.
The expedition will cover approximately 530 km. Winning team 72 hours (sleep excluded), last team six days.
Route will consist of 8 legs with 7 transitions. Longest leg will be 200 km and the shortest leg will be 19 km.
Approximate elevation gain = 9643 metres.
A cut-off at the last Transition on Friday Night midnight will be enforced for slower teams to be re-routed
Mountain biking 60 % = 347 km
Trekking 30% = 160 km
Kayaking 10% = 50 km
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
Mountain biking – teams should be prepared for a range of riding including single track, steep hills, gravel roads and sealed roads.
Trekking – will involve travelling by foot through rugged and diverse terrain.
Kayaking – kayaks will be provided by race organisers. Kayaking will be on tidal rivers and lakes. No kayaking dark zones.
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 - 100m abseil
Swimming - teams might be required to cross rivers
Canyoneering - teams need to be able to travel in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping and swimming. EA 2018 no swimming required
There will be 7 transitions.
6 transitions will have boiling water.
All transitions will have drinking water.
5 transitions will have power.
New maps and race instructions will be issued at transitions.
Tents/rooms/halls with mattresses will be available at some transitions for sleeping. (Details to be supplied at briefing).
Some transitions will have a restaurant on site. (Details to be supplied at briefing)
Some transitions are based in resorts, teams who wish, can check into rooms at their own cost if they want to upgrade their sleeping experience.
A detailed summary of transitions will be outlined in the Expedition book handed out at Briefing.
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.
The use of cycle boxes makes it easier for teams to compete on an even playing field.
Cycles boxes will be transported by the organizers.
Teams can use their own cycle boxes, not to be bigger than measurements below.
Teams must indicate on their entry form if they need the organizers to provide them with cycle boxes.
Organizers cardboard cycle boxes - 154 cm long * 100 cm high * 40 cm wide.
Teams who uses organizers boxes must provide sufficient packing tape to strengthen, seal and reseal cycle boxes, teams must supply their own tape. Two rolls of tape per competitor, one to strengthen box before expedition start and one to be kept in box during event for repairs. Padding for the inside of the boxes to prevent damage to cycles can also be provided by teams.
Teams who use organizers boxes must provide own waterproofing material.
No food or water to be stored in cycle boxes at any time.
Organizers will move these boxes to various points on the course.
Boxes will be available at designated transition areas somewhere on route. Cycles need to be packed in and out of these boxes at designated transitions. More info on these areas will be in the Expedition book.
The use of re-supply boxes make it easier for teams to compete on an even playing field.
The organizers will provide TWO re-supply boxes per team. Re-supply box A and re-supply box B.
Teams will receive re-supply box A at 4 transitions.
Teams will receive re-supply box B at 3 transitions.
Re-supply boxes - 160 liter. (88 cm long, 43 cm wide, 40 cm high)
Only boxes supplied by the organizers may be used, teams can't use their own re-supply boxes.
Re-supply boxes will be a plastic box with a lid. Each re-supply box must be secured with two cable ties at all times.
No water to be stored in re-supply boxes at any time.
Organizers will move these boxes to various points on the course.
Boxes will be available at designated transition areas somewhere on route. More info on these areas will be in the expedition book
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.
The following Kayaking skills must be mastered. Manage a capsized craft in deep water, right and empty craft in deep water, get back in, continue paddling
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.
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 25cm 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.
The transgression of any of the above will render the entire team liable to disqualification.
First mixed team will receive a paid entry for the Adventure Racing World Championships in November 2018 in Reunion.
All participants will receive Expedition Africa trophies.