Transfrontier trail run – 2022
We are proudly associated with Wildrun Africa, South Africa’s premier trail run events organiser. The biennial Namibia Crossing is a multi-stage transfrontier trail run that traverses the border between South Africa and Namibia. Over a fully-supported five days and 200km, runners explore the ancient mountain wilderness of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
Overlaying the Orange River border line between South Africa and Namibia is a 5,920 sq. km arid mountain desert wilderness unlike any other in the world. This jointly-managed conservation initiative incorporates the Richtersveld National Park in South Africa and the Fish River Canyon National Park in Namibia.
This is an ancient geological and natural ecosystem that is quite simply unparalleled on Earth. What appears to be a desolate landscape is rich with desert flora clinging to life in an austere wilderness. It is the oldest and richest mountain desert in the world, holding more than a third of the world’s known succulent species.
Added to that, the route includes the largest canyon in Africa and some uniquely desert-adapted African wildlife. This ensures a wilderness running experience that is quite simply unmatched. Above all, the Namibia Crossing transfrontier trail run provides exclusive access to otherwise inaccessible parts of these parks.
Do you love running but are looking for something a little more relaxed? Consider the Wildcoast Wildrun for a coastal running holiday!
What is included
Your race entry fee includes:
Fully catered race accommodation for 6 nights, individual tented accommodation with mattress
All meals, starting with dinner on arrival day, finishing with breakfast on departure day
Luxury coach transportation from Cape Town to the start and from the finish back to Cape Town
Bottled water daily for all runners
Transport of personal items between camps
All logistical support by experienced crew in 4×4 vehicles
All park fees and permits
Two Aid station check points (ACP) per day will offer a variety of refreshments and runners will be able to top up with water.
Medical support will be provided at each camp and on the course
Massage therapy is also offered (optional extra)
You will require
Sleeping bag and pillow, which will be transported daily with your kit bag to each new camp.
Personal running gear such as a hydration bag
Temperatures range from 10-25ºC (5-77F), but extreme days can be as low as 5ºC (41F) and over 30ºC (86F). Although this is a desert, the event is held in mid-winter and rain is common, so you will need to bring appropriate clothing for rain and chilly evenings, as well as sunscreen and a hat during the day.
A GPS is required, which will be used in conjunction with a scaled map. Short, basic GPS training before briefing will be held and GPS tracks/routes will be sent to participants before arrival at the event.
Cash for drinks which are not included
A medical form, signed by your doctor will be required by the organisers
You will need medical evacuation insurance
A valid passport is required. If you are an international participant travelling on a ‘foreign’ passport, you may need a visa for Namibia.
This is a solo run. Groups of runner will undoubtedly join up on the route, but you will not be required to run in teams.
Runners must check in with event staff at the aid stations.
Look out for leopard … or at least their tracks. No dangerous game to be concerned about.