Kouga to host Expedition Africa

2016-09-22 06:00

THE Kouga Local Tourism Organisation (KLTO) won the bid to host the 2017 edition of Expedition Africa - an adventure race over 500km by teams of four.

Expedition Africa, South Africa’s only multi-day adventure race, will take place in the Baviaans and Kouga region from May 14 to 21 in 2017. Cape St Francis will be the base of the competition.

The announcement was made earlier this week in Johannesburg by race organisers Stephen and Heidi Muller from Kinetic Events.

This annual event, one of 11 in the Adventure Racing World Series, is a non-stop seven-day-long race where teams of four navigate an unmarked route by trekking, cycling and paddling.

Elite and entry level adventure racers receive a printed map only to navigate their way between control points through the Baviaans, Kouga, the Klein Karoo and Tsitsikamma. The Baviaans, home to the well-known Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be the highlight of the 500km route.

“The Kouga Local Tourism Organisation invited us to host the event on their home ground, and we are thrilled with the prospect to let it happen in the Adventure Province,” says Muller.

“We grabbed the opportunity with both hands and are very excited to include the Baviaans, a true wilderness area, into the route. This much sought after venue is perfectly suitable for adventure racing.”

In true adventure racing and world series style, the route of Expedition Africa 2017 remains a secret until race day, and teams from all over the world are waiting in anticipation for the start location to be announced. The winners will receive an entry in the World Championships to be held in the USA in August 2017.

Viewers wordwide are able to follow and support the event over the entire seven days as teams are equipped with GPS trackers.

“This gives us an amazing opportunity to showcase our best to over 40 000 online viewers per day. As teams move through the region, a narrator highlights the Points of Interest which are included in the route. We must take ownership of this event and make the most of this opportunity,” says Esti Stewart, Marketing Director of the KLTO.

Participating teams will also be involved in a local charity project. In 2017 it will be the rehabilitation centre for seabirds in Cape St Francis, known as SANCCOB, as well as a local community school Talhado Children’s Haven and Nomvula’s Knitters.

The race is organised with the full support of the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), the Kouga Municipality and Sarah Baartman District Municipality.

Teams, organisers and media crews will stay at the Cape St Francis Resort, co-sponsor and host venue for Expedition Africa 2017.

The official launch of Expedition Africa 2017 will take place at the Cape St Francis Resort on Thursday, October 6. For more information on the race, visit www.kinetic-events.co.za

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