Expedition Africa is one of a series of premier qualifier events held annually around the world. The entrants include teams of four individuals – endurance athletes who compete for a chance to represent their county at the sport’s pinnacle showdown, the Adventure Race World Championship. Expedition Africa will see teams race across more than 500km of arduous terrain, using disciplines including navigation, trekking, MTB, kayaking and mountaineering. The 8th edition of Expedition Africa; South Africa’s only multi-day adventure race, will take place at Namaqua West Coast from the 18-27 May 2018, with Letsatsi Lodge at Vanrhynsdorp acting as the base of the competition. The launch of the event took place last night at Letsatsi Lodge at Vanrhynsdorp. Local Tourism, and business owners as well as sportsman were blown away by the presentation by race organisers Stephen and Heidi Muller from Kinetic Events.
“Namaqua West Coast was exactly what we sought in a venue,” says Expedition Africa organiser Heidi Muller. “Not only breathtakingly beautiful and wild, it has the essential element we look for in each potential course: wonderful surprise. It is truly an undiscovered gem that easily wins over every first-time visitor and we know, will blow away race competitors. The dream is to create memories for a life time. Namaqua West Coast will create those memories to competitors.”
“We are tremendously excited to have been selected to host Expedition Afirca,” says Namaqua West Coast tourism manager Monika de Jager. “It speaks volumes about the appeal of our region locally and internationally. At the same time, it creates much-needed, long-term economic opportunities for our local community thanks to the significant interest the event generates and ensuring visitors it will bring.”
Dewald and I are so excited to be able to be part of this event next year. Yes, we are a bit scared, but believe that as Heidi said, we will create memories for a life time. In the process also give cancer patients to also create memories for a life time.
For more information, visit http://www.kinetic-events.co.za/Events/Expedition-Africa. Entries open the 15th of August 2017 and Bucket of Hope will enter their team and start creating the memories…