Posted on: 09 March 2024

Expedition Africa - Explore Namibia and Wonders of Africa


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The 12th and final edition of Expedition Africa will take place in Namibia from May 24th to June 2nd 2024.

The previous edition was concluded only 5 months ago and served as the Adventure Racing World Championship 2023 Kouga, South Africa.

Although it is almost customary to skip a year after hosting a World Championship, when the opportunity presented itself for Expedition Africa to host an event in Namibia it was a chance which had to be taken. Namibia is so unique, and it is an area that has never been used before for an Expedition race.

The Namib Desert which forms part of the race route is the oldest desert in the World and stretches more than 2000 kilometres between Angola and Namibia.

The route has been finalised now and the total distance will be 487 kilometres, consisting of 33 km of kayaking, 336 km of mountain biking, 118 km of trekking, a 50 meter abseil and camel riding.

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Namibia is vast and it is only possible to select a small area for a race of this nature. The area that was chosen connects some of the most iconic sights between the very special towns of Swakopmund and Windhoek. Many iconic da trips are possible from these towns, and teams can take these in the days between arriving at the finish line and the awards ceremony.

Entries close at the end of March so there is still time to be part of this iconic event.

Visit https://expafrica.net/expedition-africa-namibia-2024/ for details.

FACT SHEET

ONLINE ENTRY: https://expafrica.net/expedition-africa-namibia-2024/

TEAM FORMAT: Teams of 4 and team of 2

LOCATION: Namibia

DATES: Friday 24 May – Sunday 2 June 2024

REGISTRATION LOCATION: Arebbusch Travel Lodge, Windhoek.

FINISH LOCATION: The Delight Hotel, Swakopmund.

DISTANCE: 487 km (Mountain biking = 336 km, Trekking = 118 km, Kayaking = 33 km)

Turn the Race of Lifetime into the African Adventure of a Lifetime

A unique aspect of this event in Namibia is that by adding an extra week to your race you can visit, at a reasonable cost, all the iconic sights in Southern Africa. Teams can visit and experience the world renowned Etosha National Park, the Zambesi Region, Chobe National Park, Victoria falls, Zambezi White water rafting, adrenalin bungee jumping and the famous Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve.

Renting a self-drive 4wd vehicle, equipped with rooftop tents, will enable you to take a road trip as a group of 2 or 4 persons.

Planning a trip in this way will cut the costs dramatically of this once in a lifetime experience.

Contact Expedition Africa stephan@kinetic-events.co.za for more details or assistance on vehicle rental and upgrades to the suggested camping trip or itinerary.

Contact travel@gcnam.com for Gondwana Collection https://gondwana-collection.com/

The Race Directors have taken this trip, and can personally recommend it as a lifetime “must do” experience ...

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ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK

Etosha is famous for its wildlife. The landscape is unique and varied and subsequently home to a wide variety of animals. Lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra, eland and many more species of wildlife are found here.

ZAMBEZI REGION

The maze of islands and channels that make up the Zambezi Region can be attributed to four major rivers: the Cuando, Kubango, Zambezi, and Chobe. This network of water systems contributes to the immense concentration of wildlife here. This region is wedged between the countries of Angola, Zambia, and Botswana.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK

The tourist hub of Kasane is the gateway to the world-renowned Chobe National Park and its magical river cruises where teams can view endless herds of elephant, hippopotamus and buffaloes going about their daily life in the waterways, while you are meters away in your game viewing boat.

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VICTORIA FALLS / ZAMBEZI WHITE WATER RAFTING

Victoria Falls also known as the "Thundering Smoke" is a waterfall on the Zambezi River. It is located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width and height, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. The Victoria Falls are roughly twice the height of North America's Niagara Falls and well over twice its width.

This trip you will do as day trip with a driver. Best is to leave you rental vehicle in Botswana. A half day rafting trip in the mighty Zambezi is a must. The Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls is widely considered to be the very best White-Water Rafting River in the world. A deep channelled, high-volume river, the Zambezi has class 3 – 5 rapids interspersed with tranquil pools.

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OKAVANGO DELTA AND THE MOREMI GAME RESERVE

Maun is the gateway to the Okavango Delta. It's the jumping-off point for the vast inland Okavango Delta. In the delta, safari camps dot the Moremi Game Reserve, which is home to hippos, lions, and rhinos. Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Deltabecomes a lush animal habitat during seasonal floods. Dugout canoes are used to navigate past birdlife, hippos, and crocodiles on waterways.


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