The heartbeat of the Wildrun® is exploring and experiencing truly wild places on the run. Be it on the Wild Coast of South Africa, the remote mountains of Lesotho, the geologically and botanically rich Richtersveld desert or the bushveld of Mapungubwe, each Wildrun® is unique carefully designed to leave an indelible impression on your life.
No markers. No massive crowds. Just you, your sense of adventure and a truly wild place.
Which of these experiences will you choose for your 2018 calendar?
How about, game viewing by day and a bush gin bar below the stars at night?
As one of the unique wilderness running experiences within the Wildrun® portfolio, Mapungubwe encompasses three days and three African countries in one primal running experience. This year it runs from 09 - 13 May 2018, and entries are currently open.
A 92km, 3 day trail running safari through the culturally significant and wildlife rich bushveld of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation area.
From the ancient Mapungubwe citadel in South Africa, to the rolling savannah of Botswana’s Tuli block; this journey of discovery takes you across the mighty Limpopo River to the banks of the gigantic Shashe River, through the rural villages of Maramani, past huge Baobabs and along ancient elephant trails etched into stone in Zimbabwe; this is the ultimate safari-on-the-run experience in one of Africa’s most sought-after big-game areas.
If that hasn’t got you dreaming at your desk, does the idea of pristine beach as far as the eye can see sound like you kind of holiday?
The Wildcoast Wildrun® is a three-day boutique running holiday along South Africa’s Wild Coast, a slice of unfenced coastal paradise that traverses the rural homeland of the isiXhosa people. This is a trail running kaleidoscope that is at its heart wild in every sense of the word. From footprint-free golden beaches along a warm ocean, to rolling grass headlands and delicate coastal forests teeming with life. Calm the storm of daily life, and immerse your senses in one of the World’s most spectacular coastlines whist enjoying the evening comfort of elegant hotels and lodges along your Wild Coast journey. 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of this unique event, and it will run from 9 to 13 September. Entries open on Wednesday 17 January at midday.
For those looking for something further afoot, and an experience deeply rooted in African heritage and biodiversity, the Richtersveld Wildrun® is calling.
A 110km, three day journey through the ancient arid mountainous landscape of the Richtersveld National Park, South Africa, a World Heritage site, and one of only 25 biodiversity hotspots in the World. From Helskloof pass to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg, this journey of discovery takes you along the Orange River, down ‘Halfmens’ ridge and through the mighty crystal fields back to finish at Sendelingsdrif. This event runs every alternate year, and will take place from 15 to 19 June 2018. Entries open on Wednesday, 31 January and are expected to sell fast.
Returning in 2019 and alternating with the Richtersveld Wildrun®, is The Namibia Crossing a 200km, five-day foot race from South Africa to Namibia through the ancient arid landscape of the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
From the crystal fields of Sendelingsdrif in South Africa to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg deep in the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park; this unparalleled journey then crosses the Orange River into Namibia and the wild lands of the Fish River Canyon. This is the running experience of a lifetime, and worth planning ahead for. It takes place from 16 to 22 June 2019, and entries will open on the same day as the Richtersveld Wildrun®.
Both the Richtersveld Wildrun® and The Namibia Crossing will showcase elements of the Namibian desert region and Richtersveld arid mountain desert. Positioned to appeal to slightly different outdoor adventurers, each offers a life-changing opportunity to experience wilderness and wildness on foot.
The Wildrun® Africa portfolio offers a diverse collection of unique adventures, and a bucket list worthy of some planning and dreaming.
For more on each event, as well as a link to the entry portal, visit www.wildrun.com