Mapungubwe Wildrun® Community Investment

Safari on the Run - Mapungubwe Wildrun® Community Investment

As one of the unique wilderness running experiences within the Wildrun® Africa portfolio, the Safari on the Run - Mapungubwe encompasses three days and three African countries in one primal running experience.  A 92km, 3 day trail running safari through the culturally significant and wildlife rich bushveld of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation area. This is the ultimate safari-on-the-run experience in one of Africa’s most sought-after big-game areas.

But this experience of a life-time does not just enrich the lives of the participants; there is significant investment back in to the hosting community.

This is an ancient corner of the African bushveld, where the Khami Hills of Zimbabwe, the South African citadels of Mapungubwe and the plains of the Northern Tuli Game Reserve of Botswana meet. Breathing life into this magnificent and diverse landscape are the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, on whose banks rise towering riparian forests of fig, fever and Mashatu trees. Dotted throughout the landscape, Baobab trees tower over the plains, stoic and defiant against the constant assault by elephants. Over ground, etched into the sandstone hills and valleys are the great trails carved by gentle giants, arterial bushveld pathways made over millennia by the gentle shuffle of the African Elephant. Environmentally this area is now conserved as a single unit of space called the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area.

In 2012 archaeological discoveries were made on the farm Klein Bolayi, east of Mapungubwe National Park, confirming that the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape extends eastwards or downstream along the Limpopo Valley, and corroborating human habitation in the area for more than 1 500 years.

Catering to 150 people (runners and crew) in this wilderness area is successfully achieved by the local Maramani camp and kitchen crew.  The Maramani village is situated at the confluence of the Limpopo and Tuli River. The Maramani ward in situated 120km west of Beit Bridge and the area lies along Zimbabwe’s borders with Botswana and South Africa.

The bulk of the consumables are bought in Zimbabwe in order to support local suppliers, including the Shashe Irrigation Scheme. The main beneficiaries are the Maramani Community Trust and the Beit Bridge Rural Development Council. This includes renting camping equipment, four nights’ camping fees, traversing fees and temporary employment of the 17 local Maramani camp crew.

As with every Wildrun® Africa experience, participants become immersed in an alternative reality for a period of time. A wilderness space rich in biodiversity, learning and ecological sensitivity. No runner leaves these events without experiencing a fundamental shift in their perception of self, and their external environments.

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