Activities

 Expedition Africa 2015

In June 2015, this non-stop, multi-day, international adventure race will see more than 40 four-person teams from around the World competing on foot, bike and kayak through the Kingdom of Swaziland. 
 
Expedition Africa is an annual multi-discipline 500km endurance race which has 40 four-person teams from around the World competing. The Teams will try to navigate from control point to control point through day and night in a number of disciplines. The disciplines include: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and orienteering. The first team to complete all the Expedition legs and visiting all the control points will be declared the winner. 
 
Teams are required to complete the entire Expedition distance together (always within hearing and visual distance of each other), helping and assisting each other. Teamwork and team dynamics are essential. A detailed understanding of your teammates and your own capabilities is essential. 
 
Expedition Africa is scheduled to take place from 5 to 14 June 2015. Entries for Expedition Africa 2015 are now open for four-person teams. Please visit the Expedition Africa website (www.kineticgear.co.za) for entry procedure, items included in the entry fee, race schedule, transport advisory, equipment lists and additional information.

If you are new to Adventure Racing, then this article about the 2014 event will help fill you on on what's involved: click here.
 

EXPEDITION AFRICA 2015

·    Date: Friday, 5 June 2015 to Sunday, 14 June 2015

·    Entry Fee:  R34,000 per team

·    Team format: four-person teams

·    Location: Kingdom of Swaziland

·   Accommodation host: Lugogo Sun, Royal Swazi Spa Valley Resort. Four nights and two rooms per team are included in the entry fee. Additional nights can be booked at a special rate of R1,500 per team (for two double rooms; rooms only). Contact heidi@kineticgear.co.za for bookings.

·    Hotel location: Ezulwini Valley. Ideally located close to shops and craft markets

·    Capital City: Mbabane

·   Swaziland Land Area: 200 kilometres (120 miles) North to South; 130 kilometres (81 miles) East to West. 17 365km2 (a very small country)

·    Population: 1.2 Million

·    Time zone: UTC +2

·    Season: June is winter. Temperatures vary from mild to warm across the country. Winter is the dry season.

·     Language: English is one of Swaziland’s official languages.

·   Currency: Lilangeni and South African Rand. The Lilangeni is 1:1 equivalent to the South African Rand. Rand can be used at most stores.

·    Credit cards: Most hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards.

·   Visas: Check with your consulate. Most nationalities do not require visas. Passport controls operate at all border posts. Contact Swazi Trails or more information about visas.

·    Travel: Four-hour drive from Johannesburg. Like South Africa, traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. Foreign driver’s licences are valid providing that they display a photo of the driver.

·   Mobile network: MTN Swaziland is available everywhere. And MTN store is located within walking distance from the hotel to purchase SIM cards, airtime and data.

·    Computers: WiFi access at the hotel. An area with computers will be available at the hotel for teams to contact family and friends.

·    Websites:

      ·    Expedition Africa:www.kineticgear.co.za

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Kineticgear

Twitter: @kineticgear, #expafrica

·    Accommodation host: Lugogo Sun, www.suninternational.com

·    Travel partner: Swazi Trails, www.swazitrails.co.sz