PICS: First SA, Zim, Botswana Transfrontier Wildrun kicks off

2016-05-13 14:00 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - Mapungubwe National Park will be a buzz of activity this weekend as one of the hosts of the Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun, which traverses Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mapungubwe in South Africa, as its final destination.  

The Wildrun is a 92km, 3-day trail running safari experience 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 will take the runners 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.

It's bound to be the ultimate safari-on-the-run experience in one of Africa’s most sought-after big-game areas.

The event kicked off on Friday, 13 May and end on Sunday, 15 May. Participant will need to trek about 30km a day if they want to finish the race. 

Take a look at the Wildrun:

(Photo: WildRun)

(Photo: WildRun)

(Photo: WildRun)

 You can see a full gallery of pics here: First Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun kicks off

“We are elated to join other parks that have done these Transfrontier events, and although this year is an invitational event, we are hoping that it will grow in leaps and bounds in the coming years” said Conrad Strauss for Mapungubwe NP says. He says the Park has for years been hosting the annual Tour de Tuli international cycling event, which also takes a similar approach.

A similar WildRun is held in the Richterveld Transfrontier over five days, two African countries and one ancient mountain wilderness. This year, the race is set to take place from 13 – 17 June 2016.  

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The Richterveld WildRun is a 200km, foot race from South Africa to Namibia through the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.  

It traverses from the crystal fields of Sendelingsdrif in South Africa to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg deep in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park - an unparalleled journey which crosses the Orange River into Namibia and the wild lands of the Fish River Canyon.  

The athletes on the Mapungubwe WildRun are expected to arrive at the park's confluence in the afternoon on Sunday, 15 May 2016.