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Expedition Africa 120 km + 60 km – Blackwaters River Lodge


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Online Entry, Entry Fee, Banking Details, Cancellations and Refunds


  • A cycle box transfer is available from Johannesburg to venue. R 500 return. Please contact us for a reservation. Reserve before Friday 19 August.


  • R 6600 per team of four members.
  • R 3300 per team of two members. 
  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.
  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.
  • A cycle box transfer is available from Johannesburg to venue. R 500 return. Please contact us for a reservation.


  • R 3400 per team of four members.
  • R 1700 per team of two members. 
  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.
  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.
  • A cycle box transfer is available from Johannesburg to venue. R 500 return. Please contact us for a reservation.


  • Expedition Africa
  • First National Bank
  • Account no: 628 004 891 73


Teams may cancel their entry at any stage by e-mailing the event organizers. 

  • No refunds are applicable at any time.
  • Only make a payment for your entry when certain that you will attend the event. Once you have made a payment, we start planning for your participation and costs are being incurred.
  • Teams are not permitted to transfer their fees paid to future events 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, 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 considered after event costs have been calculated. 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.
Expedition Concept


  • What is Adventure Racing:
  • 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 day and 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.


Team Media and Supporters

TEAM MEDIA and team supporters

  • Teams may be joined at the event by team media and supporters.
  • Team media and supporters may have contact with teams only at pre -determined areas.
  • Areas where team media and supporters may have contact with teams will be outlined in event race book.

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 and we will list your contact details below:



  • 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
  • Volunteers just need to reach the registration venue on their own cost.
  • Volunteers will receive an event peak cap and Sunday morning breakfast.
  • Accommodation will be provided. Specific details to be provided on request.
  • Come and be part of this adventure.
Team format


  • Teams of 4 members and teams of 2 members.
  • Teams can consist of members of any combination – (males and/or females).
Location Information & Accommodation




  • Sunrise: 6h52
  • Sunset: 18h07
Dates & Times


26 – 28  AUGUST 2022



  • 13h00: Expedition book to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Indemnity form to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Team medical information form to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Route flow chart and Logistical planner mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Sample of 1:50 000 scale map to be mailed to all teams


  • 15h00 until 19h00: Cycle drop off at transition 3. Drop off cycle before arriving at venue for registration.
  • 16h00 untill 20h00: Registration at Blackwaters River Lodge.
  • 16h00 untill 20h00: Packed kayak bag hand-in at Blackwaters River Lodge. 
  • Restaurant open at Blackwaters River Lodge. Families and supporters welome.


  • 6h00: Packed re-supply box A hand-in at Blackwaters River Lodge Main Gate. 
  • 6h00: Packed re-supply box B hand-in at Blackwaters River Lodge Main Gate. 
  • 6h30: Team introduction and Adventure briefing at Blackwaters River Lodge . 
  • 6h50: Hand out of Spot GPS Trackers and maps for Leg 1 and Leg 2 at Blackwaters River Lodge.
  • 7h00: Adventure start at Blackwaters River Lodge .
  • Finish at Blackwaters River Lodge. Restaurant open. Families and supporters welcome. Fire and braaipacks availeble.


  • 7h00 – 9h00: Breakfast at Blackwaters River Lodge .
  • 9h00: Awards Ceremony at Blackwaters River Lodge
Distance, Route and Disciplines

DISTANCE AND ROUTE – 120 km event

  • Mountain biking = 75 km
  • Trekking =  25 km
  • Kayaking =  9 km

DISTANCE AND ROUTE – 60 km event

  • Mountain biking = 28 km
  • Trekking =  21 km
  • Kayaking = 8 km


  • 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  NO SAILS ALLOWED
  • Orienteering – orienteering is an extremely important part of the race. The course is not marked and teams are required to navigate using maps. 


  • Maps supplied will be 1:50 000 topographical maps – A3 size and Google maps.
  • Teams will copy route on to maps from a master map as Expedition progresses. Information on this will be given at briefing.
  • 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.
Re-supply boxes


  • The organisers will provide teams with 2 re-supply boxes each at registration 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 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


  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Click HERE for the equipment list (download & save a copy)

Ensure all equipment is with team when arriving for registration on Friday night.

Event Rules & Regulations & Personal Responsibility


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


  •  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


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


  • The winning 4 member mixed team will receive a free entry for the Final event in Clocolan in November 2022. 
  • All adventures will receive an Expedition Africa medal.