Expedition Africa Series Swaziland

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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.

  • Sascha Kreft, Johannesburg, Age:16 years old, Phone number: 0725954940, Email: sascha.kreft1@gmail.com

  • Centurion based team looking for a fit and adventurous female to join the team for all three Expedition Africa 120 km races for 2019. Contact henkseevinck@gmail.com 
  • Johannesburg based female looking for team.  Slow, but fit. Mjmj324141@gmail.com.  Cell: 0823056067

    Experience: 1 Kouga full moon adventure.

  • Jonna Burgers, female, 40 year old, based in Wakkerstroom Mpumalanga I am looking for a team either 4 or 2 to partake in Swaziland Adventure race 120km. Contact: joannaburgers@gmail.com
  • Looking for two more people to join our team for Expedition Swazi . Morgan Gronn. Cell: 0747274216. morgan_jg@live.co.za




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: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking 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.



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

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

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

  • An adventure garment, accommodation and Sunday brunch will be provided to all volunteers.

  • Come and be part of this adventure.

Team Format & Teams Entered


  • Teams of 4 members and teams of 2 members.

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



  1. TEAM SPLASH, FLASH AND DASH: Lynette Hechter / Fritz van Eeden / Anton Reinke / Ernie vd Vyver
  2. TEAM CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: Gert Louis vd Walt / Chris Pretorius / Stella Weber / Wally Weber
  3. TEAM COUPLES RETREAT: Wihan Jacobs / Liezl Jacobs / Andre Rossouw / Robyn Rossouw
  4. TEAM MOTLEY CREW: Esther Venter Ferreira / Chiyo Ferreira / Johan Bierman / Reinard Michau
  5. TEAM JABBERWOCK: Craig Metherell / Cobus van Zyl / Yolandi Speedy / Antonie Joubert
  6. TEAM SHNAZEN HAZEN: De Wit Hoffmann / Francois Jooste / Luzanne du Preez / Jan Hiddema
  7. TEAM TSU ZOTTERS 1: Anton Lume / Marie-Louise Lume /  Wimpe Espag / Chris Beukes
  8. TEAM RUCK FUNNING: Stephan Jack Pinker / Charlien Lourens / Chaz taylor / Dewald Meyer
  9. TEAM ANGER MANAGEMENT: Francois Bezuidenhout / Awie Bezuidenhout / Erika Bornman / Jaun v Loggerenberg
  10. TEAM THE PRINCESSES AND THE LOST LOVER: Micke de Klerk / Cecilia Steenkamp / Lecia Bester /Shaun Schoeman
  11. TEAM BSB RANGERS: Murray Crichton / Rene Thijs / Matt Fry / Beany Eb
  12. TEAM ROUTINE IS LETHAL: Riaan Grobler / Emily Ungermann / Diderik Nel / Reghard Grobler
  13. TEAM FEARLESS FEROQS: Jurgens Hanekom / Christel Hanekom / John Carter / Harry Wiltshire
  14. TEAM SLEEPY DRAGONS: David Naylor / Kay Naylor / Diane Shearer / Jonathan Tucker
  15. TEAM DROWSY DRAGONS: Jason Benci / Bronwyn Gore / Esthea le Roux / Ben Walwyn
  16. TEAM ADDICTED2ADVENTURE.CO.ZA: Jolene Matthysen / Thinus Matthysen / Robert Crichton / Matt Longden
  17. TEAM KEYHEALTH NEVAREST: Michael Joubert / Jacques Buys / Jonathan Ham / Emily Clarke
  18. TEAM RED ANTS: Brian Gardner / Nicky Booyens / David Barkhuisen / Stewart Chaperon
  19. TEAM NOT FAST BUT FURIOUS: Chris Joubert / Ruth le Roux / Henry Schutink / Morne Vos
  20. TEAM BRENDAN AND THE BLUECANNONS: Owen Buchanan / Christopher Buchanan / Kathleen Buchanan / Brendan Abbott
  21. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - FRESH: Elzette Breytenbach / Janco Breytenbach / Samantha Breytenbach / Monique Abbott
  22. TEAM STRAVA BROWNS & THE GIMLET EYED DORKS: Piers Pirow / Phillipe vd Leeuw / Richard Brown / Kim Brown


  1. TEAM GENISYS: Henk Seevinck / Jandri Vorster / Emile Raaubenheimer / Lean Meyburgh
  2. TEAM SKAAPVARKE: Heinrich Coomans / Ane Smit / Org Rautenbach / Frans van Heerden
  3. TEAM THE VILLAGE PEOPLE: Daniel Pitman / Jonathon Oldnall / Robert Christian
  4. TEAM PHOENIX: Dieter v Rooyen / Rainier Horak / Melt Heyneke / Brendan Quinn
  5. TEAM MARTELPYPERS: Hentie van Zyl / Pierre Botha / Danie Erasmus / Charlie Cloete
  6. TEAM TRAILBLAZERS: Charl de Bruyn / Quinton v Deventer / Brent Hazel / Che Overmyer
  7. TEAM MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES: Matthew Slabbert / Gilad Katzav / Tyron Bothma / Reinhard Brink


  1. TEAM RACING DEAD: Mariaan Lombard / Tony Lombard
  2. TEAM MI-2: Liesl Baben / Johan Vorster
  3. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - SLOWLY SLOWLY: Abel vd Merwe / Elsabe Breytenbach


  1. TEAM VALIES: Jordaan Jacobs / Henry-Louis Hartley
  2. TEAM BLOED EN OMO DESIGNER GOLD: Daryl Wittstock / Zachary Wittstock
  3. TEAM SMOOTH SNAILING: Marco Bester / Walter vd Walt
  4. TEAM TSU ZOTTERS 2: Retief Coetzee / Johan Fryer
  5. TEAM OOSRAND SKOLLIES: Christiaan Marais / Vian vd Westhuizen
  6. TEAM EXPEDITION COALITION: Tal Fineberg / Che Lue
  7. TEAM IKIGAI: Leandro le Roux / Danie Leonard
  8. TEAM BREDELL & SON: Louis Bredell / Petrus Bredell
  9. TEAM JY EN HY: Daan Dreyer / Erik Viljoen
  10. TEAM BULEMBU MADODA: Sakile Matsenjwa / Sabelo Sibeko
  11. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - BRAKPAN: Nico Labuschagne / Bertus Labuschagne


Distance & Disciplines


  • The adventure will cover approximately 109 km. 

  • Top teams are expected to finish the course in 10 - 12  hours with the last team in before 24 hours.

  • All teams should be able to finish before 11h00 Sunday afternoon

  • Approximate percentage per discipline: 60% mountain biking, 25 % trekking, 15 % kayaking.

  • The route scouted comprises of 70 km cycle, 26 km on foot and 13 km on the kayak 4600 m elevation gain. Broken up in to 4 legs.



  • 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 – kayaking may be on rivers, lakes, or white water. Details will be outlined at race briefing. Kayaks and paddles will be provided by race organisers. Teams can use their own paddles.  In the 2019 edition, the kayak will be on a river and dam, all flat water. 

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

Location & Accommodation


  • Bulembu, Swaziland 
  • Teams can enter Swaziland through the Josefsdal / Bulembu or the Oshoek / Ngwenya border post. 
  • The Bulembu border post is 2 km from lodge, all tar road, but it closes at 16h00.
  • The Oshoek border post closes at midnight, very busy border post, after crossing the border post you have to travel to Pigs peak and then a 20km dirt road to Bulembu.
  • Contact organizers if you need to make use of other border post for advice.


  • Bulembu Lodge, https://www.bulembu.org/bulembu-country-lodge/

  • All accommodation bookings at: reservations@bulembu.org  (indicate to booking person that you are participating in this event to qualify for this special price)

  • Lodge Room - 15 Rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds configuration -  @ R 400 p.p.p.n. (single supplement of R1 50)

  • Self Catering houses - shared bathrooms - 6 houses with 4 to  rooms each - sleeping 11 too 14 per house @ R 320 p.p.p.n.

  • Hostel rooms - shared bathrooms - rooms with 3 to 5 beds in - @ R 200 p.p.p.n. 

  • Camping on sports field - shared bathrooms in clubhouse - R 80 p.p.

  • Book for Friday night braai when booking accommodation. R 120 p.p.

  • Book for Saturday morning breakfast when booking accommodation. R 80 p.p.

  • Sunday morning breakfast included for all team members. Book extra breakfast for supporters when booking accommodation.



  • Sunset: 17h15
  • Sunrise: 06h28
  • Moonrise: 17h13
  • Moonset: 06h45

Swaziland Travelling Information

 Travelling to Swaziland 

  • Leave early, arrive at your destination in daytime.
  • Fill up on petrol before entering Swaziland.
  • Only passport needed for border crossing.
  • Unabridged birth certificates for minors.
  • No registration documents needed for your vehicles.
  • Do not exchange currency. Pay with Rand and get change in local Swazi currency.  1:1 exchange rate.


Oshoek / Ngwenya border post

  • Open from 08:00 to 24:00
  • Very busy on Friday afternoon, leave early
  • On arrival, stay right lane, avoid truck lane on left, indicate to official at gate the number of people in car, receive a gate pass, park car and enter building. First window on right stamp gate pass.  (the gate pass system seems to have changed, will let you know shortly) Proceed to immigration window and stamp passport. Exit SA border and hand in gate pass.
  • Enter Swazi border, park car and go to arrival hall. Get gate pass as you enter. Stamp passport. Go around the corner and pay R50 road tax per car. Get receipt and exit building. You can collect a map of Swaziland at the tourism office.  Show receipt and hand in gate pass as you go through border gate.
  • Garage and shop just after Swazi border.

Bulembu border post

  • Open from 08:00 to 16:00
  • Not busy, small border post. only 2 kilometers from venue. Faster route option.
  • No shops, garage  etc. at border

What to bring?

  • All Compulsory gear as per Equipment list
  • Very important to have a proper Waterproof jacket. Wind Shield jacket NOT waterproof. Kit checks will be done during the race.
  • All your race food. No shops at the venue.
  • All your personal Medicine. No pharmacies close by.
  • At least one phone per team with international roaming active. Compulsory for event.
  • Life jackets compulsory – life jacket rental from Kinetic - R50 per jacket. We only have 15. Email bio@netactive.co.za to book before Monday, 26 Feb

Medical cover

  • Please ensure that you have medical cover that works in Swaziland (Medical aid, hospital plan, or take out medical insurance for the event)
  •  Have to supply this information to our Medical team at Registration.

The venue

  • Make sure you have booked and paid for your accommodation or camping before arriving in Swaziland. 
  • Great restaurant and bar at the venue. All meals and drinks, etc. can be purchased there.  You can have all your weekend meals here.
  • Please note that this is not formal camping grounds, no electricity points or kitchens. Camping on sports field. Only Bathrooms with showers. Ensure valuables are locked up in car at all times.
  • Credit card facilities available at restaurant.
  • Friday night meet and greet in the Restaurant/bar area. Restaurant menu available.
  • Teams camping can book Saturday morning breakfast - R80 p.p. -with venue directly before end of February. Pay at venue on the day. Please book before you go to avoid disappointment.
  • Sunday morning breakfast included for all competitors. Please book extra Sunday breakfast for family/friends/supporters directly with the venue before end of February.  Pay at venue R80 per person.
  • Sunday breakfast to be served from 8 am – 10 am and followed with the Awards ceremony.

Awards ceremony

  • We ask all our competitors to stay for breakfast and the awards ceremony.
  • We take pride in the closing of our event. We hand out a special hand made stuffed animal as a trophy.  This is a community and employment project for us.
  • All teams get called up and receive a trophy. All team will get a final ranking.
  • Adventure racing is a big family that share the love for adventure and the outdoors.
  • Please join us for this awards ceremony.
  • There is enough time still to get back before dark on Sunday night.


  • A large part of the route is inside forestry areas. Forestry areas are notoriously difficult to navigate in, due to many roads on the ground which does not appear on map. Use contours, river etc. for navigation. Working cycle speedometers are critical to determine position.
  • Due to the nature of the Swaziland Mountains and high rainfall in area, rain and heavy mist might occur on race day. Be prepared to navigate under these circumstances.
  • Compass essential.

Dates & Times


  • 17 - 19 May 2019 


  • Teams to arrive at venue: Friday 17 May. Enter through Bulembu or Oshoek border post. 
  • Team introduction, Adventure briefing and adventue book hand out: Friday 17 May 21h00.
  • Registration and route maps hand out. Saturday 18 May 7h30        
  • Cycle drop off at T1: Saturday 18 May 08h30.

  • Re-supply boxes hand in: Saturday 18 May 9h30
  • Adventure start: Saturday 18 May 10h00


  • Breakfast: Sunday 19 May 8h00 - 11h00.

  • Awards ceremony: Sunday 19 May 11h00

Entry Fee & Banking Details



  • R 6000 per team of four members.

  • R 3000 per team of two members. 

  • All athletes will receive an Event shirt.

  • All team members will receive Sunday brunch. 



  • Expedition Africa
    First National Bank
    Rivonia branch, branch code 250 355
    Account number 628 004 891 73

  • Mail  proof of payment to bio@netactive.co.za. Use name and surname as reference

  • Entries (inclusive of race shirt) closes 3 May 2019.

  • Entries (exclusive of race shirt) closes 10 May 2019.

  • No refund of entry fee at any stage.

  • No transfers of entry fees to any future event.

  • Team substitutions can still be made until 10 May 2019. No charge for this.

Re-supply Boxes


  • One of the unique aspects of this overnight race is that the teams don't need a support crew, the organisers will logistically support the teams.

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

  • The use of re-supply boxes makes it easier for teams to compete on an even playing field.

  • Teams will receive 1 or 2 waterproof re-supply boxes (depending on route) at the start in which to pack gear and food.

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

  • 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.



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

  • Google maps may also be used by organiser.

  • Route may be given out as course progresses. 

  • Waterproofing of maps is essential. 

  • Stationery materials for preparing route on map are needed. Different coloured pens, sellotape, scissors, etc.

  • If the map is lost or damaged it will not be replaced by the organisers.

Equipment & Competency Required



Click HERE for the list of Compulsory Competitor Equipment (download & save a copy)


  • At least one member 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 their team would do if it becomes lost.

  • At least one member of the team should have experience in basic First Aid.

  • All team members must be suitably competent in all 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 own team members.

  • The following Kayaking Skills must be mastered: managing a capsized craft in deep water; righting and emptying a craft in deep water; getting back in and continuing paddling.

  • Swimming 100m of any stroke.

  • There will be no competency checks at registration. By entering this event, teams acknowledge that they are competent in all the skills required to complete an event of this nature.

Personal Responsibility, Event Rules & Regulations


  • 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.


1.  Team

  • The event must be started and completed by the entire team.
  • All members of the team must be within visual and hearing distance of all other members of their team at all times, i.e. spread over no more than 100m.
  • No substitutions during the race will be allowed.
  • The team is to complete the entire event without any assistance.
  • Teams receiving any form of assistance, including medical assistance, whilst not in a transition area, will be penalised.
  • Teams are required to pass through all transitions and checkpoints in the order designated by the Organiser.
  • Teams will visit designated transitions areas to change racing disciplines, refill their supplies, change clothing and gear, and sleep if necessary.
  • Teams only have to carry compulsory gear but are welcome to take more equipment if needed.
  • All team members are required to pass through all transitions and checkpoints together. At these check points, which will be indicated by a board displaying a letter of the alphabet, any team member is to clearly mark the letter on the team passport.
  • Checkpoints must be done in numerical order.
  • Race marshals may request the passport for inspection. Failure to mark any transition or checkpoint on the passport will result in the team to be moved down the rankings, unless the team returns to the missed transition or checkpoint in full complement,
  • Inspection may take place at any point in the race. Teams will have to report to an official for equipment inspection on request.

2. Support Crew

  • No Team support members will be required. Supporters are welcome to support their team’s progress at designated viewpoints. These areas will be indicated at race briefing.
  • The best way to follow your team’s progress is to become a volunteer race official. Contact race organisers for more information.
  •  No physical support is allowed.
  • Supporters may provide moral support in any transition areas.
  • Supporters are to have read these Standard Rules and Regulations as well as the Event Specific Rules.

3. General Rules

  • Any team and/or individual who tests positive for illegal substances will be barred from all events for a minimum period of two (2) years. (See www.infosource.co.za/druglist for illegal substance details.)
  • Any individual, male or female, will be barred from all events for life if found to have used physical violence during the course of the event.
  • Abusive language will not be tolerated. Persons wishing to express outrage will do so in a controlled manner through their team captain only.
  • Teams crossing the finish will be given a “line finish position”. This is pending the outcome of illegal substance test results, complaints and/or any further information coming to the organisers’ knowledge.
  • The first team to complete the event, having complied with all rules and regulations and time penalties taken into consideration, will be considered the winning team.
  • Any abuse of or disregard for instructions given by race marshals to any team member, will result in immediate disqualification and a disciplinary hearing at the end of the race. The disciplinary hearing may result in additional penalties.
  • If a team member withdraws the team may continue, but will be unofficial. If more than two team members withdraw, the rest of the team must withdraw.

4. Medical Assistance

  • Medical crews will be available for non-emergency medical treatment and consultation within transition areas when available.
  • Medical treatment within transition areas is limited to basic first aid and advice. Should a racer require advanced life support, active fluid replacement therapy (IV), the administration of any oral or intravenous drug, then that racer, subject to the Race Director’s final decision, will be prevented from continuing with the event.
  • The medical crew has the authority, on confirmation of the Race Director, to withdraw a racer from an event should the racer’s further participation in the event possibly result in permanent injury, disability or death to the racer or his/her teammates.
  • Racers are obliged to carry the team’s personal medications in the team first aid kit or on the person concerned. The medical crew will not be on hand to supply personal medication should the team concerned have failed to supply their own.
  • The medical crew will provide immediate emergency treatment and stabilisation. Should a racer require transport by road or air ambulance, the cost of any transport out of the race environment will be carried by the patient
  • Racers are strongly advised to take appropriate insurance against the costs of emergency evacuations and repatriation.

5. Complaints & Appeals

  • All complaints and/or queries are to be directed through the team captain. Only the captain is allowed to direct questions, objections and complaints to the organisers and/or their Management Team.
  • In the event of there being discrepancies in finishing positions resulting from such reports and/or complaints, the Prize Giving will only take place after a verdict has been reached by the Race Director.
  • Positions announced at Prize Giving are subject to the results of illegal substance tests and any further findings brought to the attention of the organisers.
  • Any team wishing to appeal or complain any aspect of the event can do so. Complaints are to be received by the Race Director within 24 hour of the team crossing the finish line. Complaints may only be made with first-hand knowledge. No second-hand reports will be accepted or considered.  Appeals regarding decisions are to be received by the Race Director within 1 hour of the decision.
  • The Event Organiser, as advised by senior marshals, will consider appeals.

6. Time Penalties

  • Time penalties will be awarded by the race director for offences. The penalties will be calculated to nullify any advantage a team has derived from the specific transgression.
  • Any team transgressing the 100 meter, visual and hearing distance rule will receive a time penalty.
  • Any team found not to be equipped with the compulsory equipment, as specified, during a kit inspection, will not be allowed to start the event.
  • Any team found not to be equipped with the compulsory equipment during the race will be penalised.
  • Any team found to have transgressed the rules and regulations of the event and/or acting contrary to the spirit of the event will be penalised.
  • All penalties to be served at last transition. Teams will be placed in the penalty box after completing their transition to serve their time penalty before commencing on the last leg.

7. Spirit of the Event

  • Not cheating with regard to the rules and regulations of this event and the sport.
  • Where one team finds another in need of medical attention – they must stop to assist.
  • Abiding by the rules and regulations of this event and sport.
  • Being eco-friendly, polite and prepared to assist a fellow man in need.
  • Not misleading organisers and/or marshals with inaccurate/incomplete information.
  • Not removing checkpoints, their illuminating devices or signage of any sort.

Eco Awareness


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

  • All waste is to be carried to the closest transition or checkpoint 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.

Prizes / Awards



  • The winning 4 member mixed team will receive a free entry for the Kouga Full Moon Adventure only. (Two members of winning team to be present in next event to qualify)
  • All adventures will receive an event shirt.
  • Products from various product sponsors.