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Entry Procedure, Online Entry, Early Bird Waiting List, Entry Fees, Cancellations and Refunds
- Fill in an online entry form, at above ENTER HERE button.
- Expedition Africa will contact your team with a welcome letter and bank details soon after online entry is received.
- Accommodation is not included in entry fee. Visit accommodation partners tab to book accommodation.
- ENSURE TO RESERVE ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – HOTELS ARE NEARLY FULL.
- REGISTER FOR YOU GONDWANA CARD FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT ON ACCOMMODATION IF YOU ARE A SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN – https://gondwana-collection.com/card
- Only book return flights from Sunday 2 June (after 14h00) onwards. Teams who book return flights before the award ceremony will be responsible for their own transfer fees to airport and will not qualify for the free team and equipment transfer. An early transfer will be at a considerable cost to teams.
- Please do not make partial payment of entry fees, make one payment of the total entry amount.
- Team member substitutions can still be made until end of March 2024. No charge for the substitutions.
- Entries and payments close 31 March 2024.
- International teams of four members: $ 3000 (US Dollar).
- African teams of four members: R 60 000 (South African Rand).
- International teams of two: $ 2000 (US Dollar).
- African teams of two: R 40 000 (South African Rand).
ENTRY FEE INCLUDES
- A full service Expedition Adventure, which will be part of the Adventure Racing World Series.
- Team Logistical support.
- Expedition Africa 2024 Merrell garments
- Race Bib
- Kayak bag and re-supply boxes.
- Awards ceremony dinner.
- Two Fluid double kayaks for the team and paddles if needed.
- Spot Live tracking of teams progress.
- Medical backup.
- Expedition Africa medals and handmade trophies for top three teams.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
Teams may cancel their entry at any stage by e-mailing the event organizers.
- No refunds are applicable at any time – if a team cannot attend.
- Once a team submits an online entry it is accepted that teams have read, understood and accepted all the cancellations and refund conditions.
- 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.
Videos – Expedition Africa Namibia 2024
Official Product Partners
OFFICIAL PRODUCT PARTNERS
- MERRELL: The official footwear and apparel supplier: https://www.merrell.co.za/. Visit website to receive a 20 % discount. Discount code: EANAMIBIA
- BIKEBOX: The official cycle box partner. https://bikebox.company/. Visit website to receive a 10 % discount. Discount code: KineticBox . (For the U.S.A. visit the online shop by following this link – https://squirtcycling.us/discount/ARWS2023)
- FOREVER FRESH: The official freeze-dried meal partner. https://foreverfresh.co.za/ . Visit website to order your meals. Use code discount code: ExpAf15
- RADBAG: The official bivvy bag partner. http://jim.co.za/products/rad-bag/. Visit website to receive a 10 % discount. Discount code: #EAisRAD
- SQUIRT CYCLING PRODUCTS: https://www.squirtcyclingproducts.com
- 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, 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 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.
History of Expedition Africa
Media Partner, Team Media and Supporters
Sleep Monsters – https://www.sleepmonsters.com/mob_index.php
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 of contact between team media, supporters and teams will be outlined at briefing.
- No contact with teams is allowed at night time (22h00 – 04h00) on route. Night-time contact only in transitions.
- Team media must be self-sufficient, have their own transport. Food and accommodation are for own account.
- A detailed media plan will be presented to all registered team media with all details on the routes they can take, accommodation options, fuel supply, eating establishments etc.
- Please contact Stephan firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to register yourself as a Team media or a Supporter for your team.
- Registering will allow you to join the Team media and Supporter briefing.
- Maps and route notes will only be provided to team media and supporters that register pre-event and attend the briefing.
REGISTERED TEAM MEDIA
- TEAM NAMAQUA: Nantie van Aswegen.
TEAM MEDIA and team supporters
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 email@example.com and we will list your contact details below:
- Hans Temperman is an active 30 year male from Port Edward(KZN) looking to join an existing team. Enthusiastic and easy going with a passion for adventure racing. Have done a few 60km races as well as two 120 – 200km adventure races. Avid trail runner and mountain biker. Contact Hans at 076 210 5217 Temperman.firstname.lastname@example.org”
- Hilke Kruger, Namibia. Contact email@example.com +264 81 122 4137
- 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 Stephan at: +27 83 226 3265 or mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteers just need to reach the WINDHOEK on their own cost.
- Volunteers will receive a race garment.
- Accommodation (no meals) will be provided. Specific details to be provided on request.
- Come and be part of this adventure.
- Jose Pires – Portugal
2. Peter Carlberg – Sweden
3. Thomas Soutschka – Namibia
4. Liaane de Witt – South Africa
5. Salome vd Westhuizen – South Africa
6. Yolande Engelbrecht – South Africa
7. Lehan Fouche – South Africa
8. Tania Fouche – South Africa
9. Suska Snyman – South Africa
10. Michell Verster – South Africa
11. Lyn van Reenen – South Africa
12. Carmen Hamilton – South Africa
13. Everhardus Loubser – Namibia
14. Emma Bastiaans – Namibia
15. Nico Krone – Namibia
Team format and Teams entered
- 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 ARWS ranking points.
To view team list: TEAM LIST EXPEDITION AFRICA NAMIBIA 2024
Location Information, Location Climate and General information
- The location will be Namibia.
- Teams must check travel and visa requirements from their country of origin.
- The Namibian Dollar is the official currency of Namibia.
- In Namibia the power plugs and sockets are of type D, M and N. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
- The Namibia Standard Time is consistent with UTC +2. The Namibian Standard Time does not have an associated daylight saving time.
- Local cellphone cards can be bought on arrival at airport. The host resorts has Wi-Fi.
- Driving in Namibia is on the left side of road.
- The official language for the event is English. French and Spanish translators will be present at all briefings.
- Namibia is one of the largest and driest countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is characterized by high climatic variability through persistent droughts, unpredictable and variable rainfall patterns, variability in temperatures and water scarcity. The climate is generally hot and dry with sparse and erratic rainfall.
- The weather fluctuates between these coastal and inland areas.
- Mean annual temperature for Namibia is 20.6°C, with average monthly temperatures ranging between 24°C (November to March) and 16°C (June, July). Mean annual precipitation is 269.2 mm. Rainfall occurs from October to April, with minimal rainfall in May and September.
- May – It is the end of summer. The rains have stopped, but the scenery is still lovely and green. The nights aren’t cold yet, and daytime temperatures are, on average, around 24-28°C/75-82°F. June – The nights are getting cold and can drop below 10°C/50°F.
- Sunrise: 7h21 – 7h35. Sunset: 18h15 – 18h24. Day length: 10 hours 54 minutes – 10 hours 49 minutes
NAMIBIA GENERAL INFORMATION
- In 2024, Expedition Africa will be hosted for the first time in Namibia. The Republic of Namibia is a country in Southern Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Although it does not border Zimbabwe, less than 200 metres (660 feet) of the Botswanan right bank of the Zambezi River separates the two countries.
- Namibia gained independence from South Africa on 21 March 1990, following the Namibian War of Independence. Its capital and largest city is Windhoek.
- The driest country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has been inhabited since pre-historic times by the San, Damara, and Nama people. The Ovambo makes up the largest part of the population of the country.
- Today Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. It has a population of 2.55 million people and is a stable multi-party parliamentary democracy. Agriculture, tourism, and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals – form the basis of its economy. In 1884, the German Empire established rule over most of the territory, forming a colony known as German South West Africa. German rule ended in 1915 with a defeat by South African forces. In 1920, after the end of World War I, the League of Nations mandated administration of the colony to South Africa. In the later 20th century, uprisings and demands for political representation by native African political activists seeking independence resulted in the UN assuming direct responsibility over the territory in 1966, but the country of South Africa maintained de facto rule. In 1973, the UN recognised the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) as the official representative of the Namibian people. Namibia finally obtained independence in 1990. The name of the country is derived from the Namib desert, the oldest desert in the world. The name Namib itself is of Nama origin and means “vast place”. Being situated between the Namib and the Kalahari deserts, Namibia has the least rainfall of any country in sub-Saharan Africa.
Travel Partner and Area Attractions
- The Gondwana Collection Gondwana Collection will be Expedition Africa Namibia official travel partner. WEBSITE FOR VIEWING ONLY, DO NOT MAKE ANY BOOKINGS ON THIS SITE FOR THE EVENT
- For all travel requirements pre- and post-event please contact: email@example.com for your customized travel solution for your Namibian adventure. Please use reference EA2024NAM as your booking reference to receive event discount.
- ENSURE TO RESERVE ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – HOTELS ARE NEARLY FULL.
- REGISTER FOR YOU GONDWANA CARD FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT IF YOU ARE A SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN – https://gondwana-collection.com/card
- Lodges and Camps: More than 20 properties have been carefully constructed by Gondwana Collection Namibia over the last two decades, ranging from secret luxurious refuges for two to comfortable unique lodges to rustic camping offers. Built in close proximity to Namibia’s natural wonders and managed sustainably.
- Rental cars – Namibia2Go: Experience Africa like never before. Discover what makes Namibia so special and as it should be, with Namibia2Go. Easy. Hassle free. Unforgettable.
- Gondwana Travel Centre: The Gondwana Travel Centre specialises in showing of all the highlights and lesser-known secrets of the Southern African region. As Custom Design Safari Specialists we can tailor-make any itinerary to suit your individual needs.
- Family and supporters are welcome to join their teams on their visit to Namibia.
NAMIBIA tourist ATTRACTIONS
- WINDHOEK: Acquaint yourself with the vibrant Namibian capital and its fascinating contrasts. Whether historic or modern buildings, cultural offerings that show African roots and European influence, quiet parks or places full of life – Windhoek offers unique experiences. Take a tour around Windhoek’s must-see landmarks, including the beautiful Christuskirche (Christ Church), Parliament Garden, Alte Feste and the Independence Memorial Museum, all conveniently located in the heart of the city. Delight in visit to the bustling Katutura Township, where you can explore the Oshetu Community Market or Soweto Market for locally produced products. Take a well-deserved break in one of the restaurants and cafés; refresh yourself with an award-winning Namibian beer and try a typical Namibian dish, like kapana or biltong. Namibia’s capital has a lot to offer. Take a discovery tour and experience some relaxing and yet stimulating days at The Weinberg hotel. Or get to know Africa’s unique wildlife and beautiful landscapes at Okapuka Safari Lodge. Go on a safari just out of town yet deep in the African bushveld, and you are almost guaranteed sightings of all indigenous antelope species, giraffe, and, most importantly, white rhino.
- KALAHARI DESERT: Colours run riot in the Kalahari Desert where yellow grass and dark green acacias are accentuated against burnt-orange sand and the blue of an infinite sky. And when the sun prepares its farewell for the day, it draws on all the hues of the celestial prism. This is the time between day and dream when magic hovers and the fiery colours of sand dunes brighten and deepen. Life pauses catching its breath. And so does everyone else, standing atop a dune, watching this earthly show in vibrant colour. The magnificent landscape is home to hardy desert-adapted gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, black-backed jackal, the massive kori bustard and the rambling nests of social weavers that have skilfully mastered thermodynamic principles and life in the desert. It is also home to the Kalahari Anib Lodge and Kalahari Farmhouse – and luckily, their guests. Experience the beauty of the Kalahari on a sunset drive at Kalahari Anib Lodge and appreciate abundance of a different sort at the Kalahari Farmhouse where artesian water blesses the desert, creating a lush secret garden and nurturing the salad greens on Gondwana’s own farm. The Kalahari; it dances to a different beat. Feel the magic.
- THE AUS MOUNTAIN – WILD HORSES – KOLMANSKOP: There is something extraordinarily special about the landscape around Klein-Aus Vista. It’s where streaks of Namib sand merge with the bleached grasses of the Pro-Namib in a sensuous slow dance of splendour. The lodge, nestled in the rocky Aus Mountains, is famed for its extensive and lovely vistas, best seen from one of the mountain bike or hiking trails, a viewpoint above the campsite or from the secluded Eagle’s Nest Chalets. Contributing to the scenery, the Wild Horses of the Namib remind us of unfettered freedom and appeal to our soul to embrace the wonderful adventure of life in its entirety. Desert Horse Inn is imbued with the energy of the horses, adding a spirited component to the warmth of the family-owned lodge. As the pastel landscape transforms into desert on route to Lüderitz and the coast, there is the abandoned diamond mining town of Kolmanskop to visit where disintegrating houses are a photographer’s playground, a desert town to discover and fascinating promontories to explore. Set your GPSs for Klein-Aus Vista. Indulge in a dream of freedom.
- FISH RIVER CANYON: The Fish River begins its journey in the Naukluft Mountains, seeking its lover, the Gariep or Orange River in the south. It flows steadily at first, dropping over two waterfalls before reaching the Löwen River and plunging into the canyon on its serpentine route to the end of the gorge at Ai-Ais. Sometimes, the Fish River is calm and quiet, and at other times it hurtles through the canyon walls in a rush of water. In this way it makes its rendezvous with the Gariep and carves out the canyon’s chasms, as it has done for over a hundred million years. Not far from where the blue-green river of the Fish River meanders through the canyon gorges are Canyon Lodge, nestled gracefully amongst the granite boulders, and Canyon Village, set against a sweeping backdrop of rock. Slightly nearer to the main viewpoints is the Canyon Roadhouse, a ‘must-do’ stop to fill up on smiles and pay tribute to the good old days of the automobile. Feel the magnitude of Earth-time in relation to the fleeting brush of human life on the canyon rim. And take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike through its pristine depths, overnighting in specially chosen camps. Away from civilization, the canyon grandeur is yours alone. This unique privilege is offered by the Gondwana Collection, nature and time.
- THE NAMIB – SOSSUSVLEI – SESRIEM: This ancient desert tried to call attention to itself for 50-80 million years. It grew to 2000 kilometres long and nearly 200 kilometres wide, assembled lofty sand dunes and sculpted a range of artistically designed dunes in various shapes. It harboured flora and fauna in its sands and called the soft mist from the ocean to sustain them. It even welcomed the diamonds that had washed down the Orange River and into the Atlantic into its generous arms. And, no-one gave it a second thought. Finally, we are willing to receive the magnificence of the Namib Desert. Diamonds were discovered in the early 1900s, the Namib Sand Sea was proclaimed a World Heritage site in 2013 and thousands of visitors annually pay homage to the magnificence of Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. If there is a place in Namibia where Gondwana lodges are not lacking, it is where the Namib tells its endless stories in breathtaking pictures, forms and colors. Here where the red sand ocean leads a hopeless battle for day-to-day survival against the burning sun, we have created unique havens of unforgettable moments: The Desert Grace, Namib Desert Lodge; Namib Dune Star Camp and Desert Whisper. The deep breath of incomparable luck.
- SWAKOPMUND: Between the golden dunes of the Namib Desert and swells of the icy Atlantic Ocean, the seaside resort town of Swakopmund goes about its business – in a rhythm all of its own. With its Namibian residents, bustle of tourists, historical buildings, nature based adventures and city pleasures, Swakopmund is an experience like no other – with something for everyone to enjoy. And amongst the town’s captivating contrasts and old traditions, The Delight Swakopmund is a fresh breeze in the desert. Few destinations can compete with the natural diversity of Swakopmund. Take a trip into the Living Desert, skydive over the Namib or sandboard down impressive dunes in the morning. Join a dolphin cruise, kayak amongst seals, give deep sea fishing a try, or simply take a leisurely walk along the beach in the afternoon. A myriad of experiences await you. For all its outdoor appeal Swakopmund also offers the city-lover plenty to enjoy. Dine in picturesque restaurants along the seaside promenade where eisbein and sushi can be equally savoured. Amble through old-fashioned streets as you browse vibrant curio-shops and take in the colonial history around you. Stroll through time in the museum, enter an ocean wonderland at the National Marine Aquarium, or climb to the top of Woermann Haus for a prime view of the town.
- KUNENE – TWYFELFONTEIN: Kunene is a large stretch of African savannah with rounded granite domes, table-topped mountains and ephemeral rivers that thunder down their ancient courses after heavy summer rainfall to be quickly absorbed into underground aquifers for safe storage. These veins of life are wildlife havens and highways where wild rhino, lion and desert elephant roam. The landscape intensifies into red stone in dry summers and bleached grassy stretches in more abundant seasons, but at the end of the day it always softens into dramatic pastel beauty. Experience the dazzle of Kunene from Palmwag Lodge & Camp set amid the palms on a tributary of the Uniab River, which attracts the famed desert-adapted elephant. Explore the 582 000-hectare Palmwag Concession, a vast conservation area with spectacular scenery and an abundance of wildlife, for an exhilarating African adventure. Eastward is Twyfelfontein where hunter-gatherer groups congregated in the dry season, their shamans chiselling prayers into the sandstone rock; where rock was fashioned into organ-like structures, as if attempting to play divine music to the endless blue sky; and where ancient forests rested after tumultuous journeys down rivers, fossilising over the aeons. It is also where Damara Mopane Lodge is found, nestled in a green forest of heart-shaped leaves. Relax on your stoep at this enchanting lodge, between sunflowers and passion fruit and at the end of the day watch the sun sink into the mopane woodland. Above the world, everything falls into perspective. Life is indeed good.
- KAOKOLAND – EPUPA FALLS – HIMBA: Kaokoland, one of the last vestiges of unspoilt wilderness in Africa where the word ‘remote’ still has meaning. Here, in the extreme north-western corner of Namibia, where the semi-nomadic Himba live traditionally in the barren expanses as they have done since time immemorial; where gemsbok, springbok, ostrich and giraffe wander freely and desert-adapted elephant meander through the dry riverbeds; time seems to stand still. This arid, wild and sparsely-populated area stretches from the ephemeral Hoanib River northwards to the Kunene River bordering Angola. The 1200km-long Kunene River originates in the Angolan highlands and tumbles down rapids and waterfalls as it rushes through the Baynes Mountains towards its rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean. In its haste, it tumbles down the forty-metre rocky gorge at Epupa Falls in a dramatic and magical celebration of life, astounding all with its antics. Baobabs cling to rocky slopes amid the rainbow spray of this small and feisty African waterfall, which is embraced by a belt of makalani palms that resounds with the twittering of rosy-faced lovebirds. Epupa, an enchanting African haven of wonder, is where the blessings of the green-fringed perennial Kunene River, the cascading torrents and the local Himba merge to create an exceptional Kaokoland adventure. Take a guided walk in search of crocodiles, join a rafting excursion (seasonal), visit a Himba village and hop aboard the sunset drive to a hill above the falls to raise a glass to the magnificent scenery and the joys of travel as the sun raises its golden goblet in salutation.
- ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK: At sunrise the gates open to the ‘Great White Place’ or ‘Place of Dry Water’, as the Owambo people have called the heart of the country since time immemorial. Unlike its name, however, the 22 912-square-kilometre national park is a place of sanctuary and abundance. With a variety of vegetation types, from thorn bush and woodland savannah, stands of makalani palms and the ‘phantom’ moringa trees (sprokiesbome) to the chalky white pan, Etosha National Park is home to myriad species of wildlife. One-hundred-and-fourteen mammal species are found in the park including the antisocial black rhino and the endemic black-faced impala. Waterholes are dotted along the southern section of the pan providing effortless viewing. Unequalled Earthly experiences can be garnered here: watching a family of elephants silently appear and hurry excitedly towards the water, lions lazing contentedly in the shade of a bush, elegant giraffe loping across the road and a herd of handsome zebra nuzzling each other affectionately. At the end of a full Etosha day, while some are still racing the sun, others are lounging on the sundowner deck of Etosha Safari Lodge or Etosha King Nehale or enjoying a drink at the Oshebeena Bar at Etosha Safari Camp, contemplating Etosha marvels and the thrill of being in the African wilderness. Anticipation is already mounting for the new day. Here, at Gondwana’s lodges, just ten kilometres from Andersson Gate, a new adventure begins with every dawn.
- OKAVANGO: Balancing the semi-arid stretches and deserts of Namibia are the refreshing water worlds of north-eastern Namibia. Rising in the Bié Plateau in central Angola, the Okavango River has its own agenda. Lured by African magic, it has no intention of rushing to the sea but meanders into the southern interior. Flowing in a south-easterly direction, it enters Namibia in the Kavango region, forming the border between the countries, before widening into the fanlike channels of the Okavango Delta where it ebbs into desert sands. This vein of life blesses us with a serene ribbon of green along its journey. Fish eagles fly from the trees affirming their African spirit and sluggish crocodiles laze on sandy banks. Rural Africa and the river world merge and play melodic harmonies here. The sounds of cows mooing, children laughing and dug-out canoes gliding through the river fuse with the chiming of reed frogs, bird calls and the gentle lapping of water. Perfectly positioned on the southern bank of the Okavango River, Hakusembe River Lodge radiates peace. A lush river oasis, it lies 16km from the bustle of Rundu. The thatched chalets provide ideal retreats and the verdant garden, a paradise to relish. An enchanted destination in the Kavango, Hakusembe is a convenient place to pause and rest en-route to the Zambezi and the rushing waters of the Victoria Falls.
- ZAMBEZI – CAPRIVI: The lure of wild Africa is felt as you drive into the north-eastern corner of Namibia. Once called the Caprivi strip and later the Caprivi region before claiming its full African heritage, the Zambezi region is a step into the heart of the continent. A tree-filled expanse dotted with villages and elephant caution signs welcome you. Unusually, this corridor containing the Bwabwata National Park is a protected home to both wildlife and people, ushering in a concept of coexistence, stewardship and synergy. Two smaller national parks, the Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara, lie along the Kwando waterway that becomes the Linyanti and Chobe rivers as it flows eastwards. This is also where you’ll find some of our lodges. Namushasha River Lodge & Villa looking out onto reeds and the Kwando River, Chobe River Camp in the vast flood plains of the Chobe River and Zambezi Mubala Lodge & Camp on the mighty Zambezi. They are a wilderness havens where the lethargic sound of hippos grunting floats through the air intermingling with birdsong. Every part of the day has its own magic here, whether taking a midday siesta or joining a boat cruise along the waterways and a drive into a national park. Return to the lodge to be welcomed with smiles and sweet sherry. Savour the last streaks of sunset from the deck before darkness descends and the delicious supper aromas can no longer be ignored.
Start Area – Host Resort Windhoek – Arebbusch Travel Lodge
HOST RESORT WINDHOEK
- The Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek will be the pre-event host resort for Expedition Africa Namibia. Arebbusch Travel Lodge WEBSITE FOR VIEWING ONLY, DO NOT MAKE ANY BOOKINGS ON THIS SITE FOR THE EVENT.
- Teams need to book accommodation at Arebbusch Travel Lodge for Friday night 24 May 2024 and Saturday night 25 May 2024 pre-event.
- Teams that arrive early pre-event in Namibia and/or are extending their stay post event can also book accommodation at Arebbusch Travel Lodge.
- Receive a 10% discount when booking accommodation at Arebbusch Travel Lodge by using the Promo Code – CAMP-EXPAFRICANAM2024.
- Book now at EXPAFRICANAM2024 Booking Special to reserve your accommodation.
- This resort is situated in Windhoek and is 48 km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek .
- Arebbusch Travel Lodge puts you at the center of the action during a visit to Windhoek. Located close to the city, this tranquil lodge is perfectly situated for a quiet getaway that offers easy access for onward travel and many of the most interesting Windhoek points of interest.
- The resort is an ideal host for Expedition Africa Namibia. The resort is close to major shopping center’s to enable teams to purchase any supplies needed for the event.
- Family and supporters are welcome to join their teams on their visit to Namibia.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS ON ARRIVAL IN NAMIBIA
- Airport transfers on arrival in Namibia for teams own account. Book your team transfers here: (service provider detail to be confirmed soon)
- Free equipment transfers for all teams from Hosea Kutako International Airport close to Windhoek to Arebbusch Travel Lodge. Truck will be stationed at airport on Wednesday 22 May, Thursday 23 May and Friday 24 May. Teams must pack cycle boxes and any excess baggage in truck and the depart to host resort with own transport. Truck will leave airport at end of each day for Arebbusch Travel Lodge.
- Teams can also use their own transport to arrive at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek, and park their vehicles at the lodge in Windhoek for the duration of the race, or leave their vehicles at the finish line hotels in Swakopmund, if they require to travel on from there. Details on vehicle transfer will follow.
Finish Area – Host Resort Swakopmund – The Delight Hotel
HOST RESORT SWAKOPMUND ACCOMMODATION BOOKINGS
- Finish Line Hotel: The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund: email: firstname.lastname@example.org for all accommodation bookings.
- The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund host to Expedition Africa Namibia. Delight Hotel Swakopmund WEBSITE FOR VIEWING ONLY, DO NOT MAKE ANY BOOKINGS ON THIS SITE FOR THE EVENT
- ENSURE TO RESERVE ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – HOTEL ARE NEARLY FULL.
- REGISTER FOR YOU GONDWANA CARD FOR ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT IF YOU ARE A SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZEN – https://gondwana-collection.com/card
- This hotel is situated in Swakopmund and is 405 km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport close to Windhoek .
- Amongst the town’s captivating contrasts and old traditions, Gondwana’s Delight is a fresh breeze in the desert. Conveniently located within short walking distance of the ‘Mole’, our modern, uplifting and inviting hotel is the ideal base for your stay.
- Every effort is made to surprise and delight guests with thoughtful touches and locally inspired reasons to smile. From the easy comfort of our hotel, the warm and welcoming service Gondwana is known for, to the assistance provided by our knowledgeable Delight Host for anything from activity bookings to dinner reservations – your stay is always an effortless and memorable experience.
- Family and supporters are welcome to join their teams on their visit to Namibia.
- Please mention that you are part of Expedition Africa Namibia 2024.
- Teams who require to travel onwards from Swakopmund, either back home or to onwards travel in Namibia with their own vehicle, can do so. There will be an opportunity to move their private vehicles from Windhoek to Swakopmund before race start. Vehicle rentals can also be facilitated from Swakopmund to other destinations in Namibia.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS on departure FROM NAMIBIA
- Airport transfers is included in entry fee for Sunday 2 June from Swakopmund accommodation to Hosea Kutako International Airport close to Windhoek.
- All other departure on other dates is for teams own account. Book your team members airport transfer here: www…..,co
- Only book return flights from Sunday 2 June onwards. Teams will only arrive in Windhoek by bus on Sunday afternoon. Teams who book there airport transfer before the award ceremony will be responsible for their own transfer fees to airport and will not qualify for the free team and equipment transfer. An early transfer will be at a considerable cost to teams.
- Teams can also park their vehicles at the finish line hotels in Swakopmund, if they require to travel on from there.
Dates & Times
DATES & TIMES
WEDNESDAY – 22 MAY AND THURSDAY – 23 MAY 2024
- Team arrivals at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- Equipment transfers from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek to Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
FRIDAY – 24 MAY 2024
- Final team arrivals at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 17h00: Final equipment transfer from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek to Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 18h00: Welcoming ceremony Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 19h00: Press conference and Team race briefing Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 20h00: Volunteers briefing Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 20H00: Re-supply boxes and kayak bag collection at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
SATURDAY – 25 MAY 2024
- 6h00: Event administration, Team Registration and Equipment inspectionat Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 9h00: Event Media briefing at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 11h00: Team Questions and answers at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 13h00: Packed re-supply boxes hand in at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 13h00: Packed cycle boxes hand in at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
- 13h00: Packed kayak bags hand in at Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.
SUNDAY – 26 MAY 2024
- 04h00: Bus transfer to race start.
- 04h00: Teams in private vehicles to drive to Swakopmund finish line parking and then by bus to race start. This is for teams who require to travel onwards from Swakopmund after event, either back home or to onwards travel in Namibia with their own vehicle. Vehicle rentals can also be facilitated from Swakopmund to other destinations in Namibia.
- 9h00: Flag parade and Race start
WEDNESDAY – 29 MAY 2024
- First teams arrive at finish line.
SATURDAY – 1 JUNE 2024
- 17h00. Awards ceremony dinner.
- 18h00. Awards ceremony.
- 19h00. Awards ceremony celebration.
SUNDAY – 2 JUNE 2024
- 6h00: Teams bus transfer to Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek or to the Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek, Teams who have their own vehicles in Swakopmund or rent vehicles in Swakopmund at end of event will not make use of this bus.
- Ensure to only book flights from 14h00 onwards from Hosea Kutako International Airport Windhoek
Distance, Route, Transitions and Disciplines
DISTANCE AND ROUTE
- Route is linear, and teams need to pass through all control points (CP) and transitions (T).
- Teams who miss any CP’s or transition areas will be ranked behind teams who visit all control points and transitions.
- Winning team three to four days, last team six days.
- The route will adhere to ARWS guidelines for a Qualifier event of 72 hours of racing time for the fastest team.
- Total distance: approximately 490 km. Exact distance to be determined once route scouting is completed
- Mountain biking 68 % = 335 km
- Trekking 25 % = 120 km
- Kayaking 7 % = 35 km
- 10 legs with 9 transitions.
- More accurate distances of individual legs will be released two weeks prior to registration and at the Expedition briefing.
- All teams will be able to finish before Saturday night awards ceremony.
- Transitions will have boiling water and coffee/tea stations.
- Transition facilities, such as, medical staff, toilets, drinking water, electricity, restaurant and/or sleeping facilities are indicated in the leg summary section of the Expedition book.
- Teams will place refuse bags in their re-supply boxes. At transitions teams must place all litter in team refuse bags; keep refuse bags in re-supply-box until end of event.
- There will be a cycle repair facility at one transition, at approximately halfway in route.
- 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 2 * double Fluid kayaks https://www.fluidkayaks.com/product/synergy-kayak/ 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.
- Camel riding – teams will travel by camel to locate checkpoints.
- Ropework – teams will abseil and do related rope work activities to reach part of the route.
- Maps supplied will be 1:50 000 topographical maps – A3 size.
- Each team will receive two sets of maps.
- Expedition Africa do not have a lockdown where all the route maps are handed out to teams. Teams receive maps for each leg at the transition at start of leg.
- Teams will copy checkpoints and transition from a master map as the 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.
Cycle details, Cycles Boxes and Re-supply boxes
- The official cycle partner is TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
- Please contact them for any cycle related questions and/or if you require any spares or cycling related products
- They will be on route for emergency repairs and also based at an selected transition (middle of route) where you can pre-book a cycle service with them at registration.
- Teams must provide their own waterproof cycle boxes (no cardboard boxes) for cycle transport.
- Maximum dimensions allowed: 1400 x 800 x 300 mm (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Maximum weight limit for one packed cycle box is 25 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Ensure all equipment is with team when arriving for registration.
Expedition Africa Namibia 20243 Equipment List COMING SOON !!!!!
Event Rules & Regulations & Personal Responsibility
EVENT RULES & REGULATIONS
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.
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 2024 in Ecuador.
- All participants will receive Expedition Africa Namibia medals.
- Top 3 teams will receive hand made Expedition Africa trophies.