Expedition Africa 120 km Swellendam

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ARWS Africa Regional Championship



  1. Expedition Africa Swellendam - 4/6 February 2022
  2. Expedition Africa Wakkerstroom - 13/15 May 2022
  3. Merrell Transkei Tuff - 29/31 July 2022
  4. Expedition Africa Plettenberg Bay - 26/28 August 2022
  5. ARWS Africa Regional Championship - Clocolan - 4/6 November 2022
  • Mixed teams of 4 is the only category to be eligible to win a free entry to the Regional final and the ARWS World Championships in 2023. (If the winner of the series have already qualified for a free entry for ARWC, the entry do not pass to the second place team)
  • All five events counts towards the log. 
  • Winning team of mixed four at each of the first four events will receive a free entry for the ARWS Africa Regional final in Clocolan.
  • If the 1st place team has already won a free entry, the 2nd placed team will receive the free entry for the Regional final.
  • Teams may substitute members with a team roster containing a maximum of 7 team members for the year. If team exceeds the 7 team member limit, there lowest event score will be omitted from the total score.
  • Log will be updated after each event, see points allocated below. 
  • All 5 above mentioned events will count towards a teams ARWS Africa Regional rankings.
  • All 5 above mentioned events will count towards a teams ARWS World rankings. (multiplied by 0.3).
  • ARWS Africa Regional Championship 2022 is a championship event and the points earned at this event will be multiplied by 2
  • Expedition Africa 500 km is part of the ARWS Africa region. Points gained at this event will boost a teams Africa Regional rankings (multiplied by 2) but will not count towards the 2022 Regional final or towards gaining the free entry to the ARWS World Championships.
  • 1st = 100 points
  • 2nd = 85 points
  • 3rd =73 points
  • 4th = 63 points
  • 5th = 55 points
  • 6th = 50 points
  • 7th = 45 points
  • 8th = 40 points
  • 9th = 35 points
  • 10th = 30 points
  • 11th = 28 points
  • 12th = 26 points
  • 13th = 24 points
  • 14th = 22 points
  • 15th = 20 points
  • 16th = 18 points
  • 17th = 16 points
  • 18th = 14 points
  • 19th = 12 points
  • 20 - 24th = 10 points
  • 25 - 29th = 9 points
  • 30 - 34th = 8 points
  • 35 - 39th = 7 points
  • 40 - 44th = 6 points
  • 45 - 49th = 5 points
  • 50-54th = 4 points
  • 55 - 59th = 3 points
  • 60 - 64th = 2 points
  • 65 - and all teams that starts but do not finish = 1 point


Find a Team


If you want to join an existing team, create a new team or are looking for members to fill up your team, contact us at stephan@kinetic-events.co.za and we will list your contact details below.

Adventure Concept


  • What is Adventure Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=occW94DgWT4&t=17s

  • Adventure racing is a multi-discipline endurance sport where competitors compete in teams, navigating from control point to control point in a number of disciplines.

  • Disciplines include: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and orienteering.

  • Teams are expected to navigate using a map and landmarks.

  • Teams must be able to operate in harsh remote environments in all weather conditions.

  • Teams travel throughout the night.  They can decide if, when and where to rest.

  • The first team to complete the whole course, with all the control points visited will be declared the winner.

  • Teams are required to complete the entire 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 of your own capabilities is essential.



  • The best way to be part of the race if you cannot participate yourself is to become a volunteer marshal.

  • If you are interested please contact Heidi - 082 564 6468 or mail us at heidi@kinetic-events.co.za

  • Volunteers just need to reach the registration venue on their own cost and supply their own food.

  • An Expedition hat, accommodation and Sunday breakfast will be provided to all volunteers.

  • Come and be part of this adventure.

Team Format & Teams Entered


  • Teams of 4 members and teams of 2 members.

  • Teams can consist of members of any combination - (males and/or females)



  1. TEAM SONGLINES: Kelvin Trautman / John Collins / Tracey Campbell / Matt Trautman
  2. TEAM EVENT HORIZON: Gert vd Walt / Dennis Wevell / Theo Kitshoff / Annemie du Plessis
  3. TEAM PARALLEL: Michal Steyn / Ron Jessop / Elzabi v Wyk / Dirk Schreuder
  4. TEAM RADAR: Cobus v Dyk / Conn Viljoen / Ilse Viljoen / Nichol Jordaan
  5. TEAM ADDICTED2ADVENTURE: Dewald v Wyk / Thinus Mathyssen / Franco Olivier / Kim Brown
  6. TEAM NAMAQUA EXTREME LIGHTS: Danie v Aswegen / Charl du Plessis / Riaan Combrinck / Maretha Combrinck
  7. TEAM BALEGA: Jarryd Gosling / Aiden Angus / Carla Collins / Heidi Katzke
  8. TEAM K4: Walt Katze / Zelda Katzke / Bertus Venter / Daleen Venter
  9. TEAM VARICOSIS: Reinard Ganzevoort / Dylan Eksteen / Christi Smit / Jannu Lategan
  10. TEAM ANTIMATTER: Costa Dimipoulos / Ugene Nel / Mark Loftus / Ingrid Peens
  11. TEAM WONDERLIKKEWANE: Frederick v Zyl / Nicolas d Wet / Schutte Venter / Maymarie vd Heever 
  1.  TEAM SHNAZEN HAZEN: Jaco Smith / Francois Jooste / Wernich Raats / Andre O'Kennedy
  1. TEAM SWELLENDAM ADVENTURE GIRLS: Fleur v Eeden / Ingrid Olivier / Lynnie Jorge / Kathryn Coetzee
  1. TEAM RUSTPROOF: Albert Rust / Claire Walker
  2. TEAM MAP2AFRICA: Helene Muller / Peter Pittendrigh
  3. TEAM OUTLANDERS: Sally Frazer-Mackenzie / Martin Frazer-Mackenzie
  1. TEAM ROOKIES: Harold Smook / Quintin Smith
  2. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - DEJA VU: Daryl Wittstock / Zachary Wittstock
  3. TEAM LES POULIDOR: Emmanuel Selles / Frederic Mury
  4. TEAM DIE AKKEDISSE: Benno Kotze / Ruben Venter
  5. TEAM SKETCHY PIRATES: John Carter / Jurgens Hanekom
  6. TEAM WINGING IT: Richard Brown / Michael Brown
  1. TEAM KHOMBISA TROTTERS: Lauren Newcombre Bond / Theresa Horn
  1. TEAM VOLMOED EN GERTERS: David Smith / Mari-Alet Smith / Jakobus Smith / Jannie de Toit
  2. TEAM IMPI: Brian Fraser-Mackenzie / Roy Frazer-Mackenzie / Keaton Bass / Sydney Paige Henning
  3. TEAM RAMPOKKERS: Marileze Kritzinger / Danie Kritzinger / Jacobus Kritzinger / Ignus Zietsman
  1. TEAM 4 OAKS: Thom Duthie / Craig Duthie / David Duthie / Charles Honeywill
  2. TEAM INDABUSCHE: Guy Newcombe Bond / Francois v Eck / Ryan McCormick / Nic Bartie
  1. TEAM KOERS: Larissa Venter / Hanno Venter
  2. TEAM ONS TWEE: Jan Meiring / Lizanne Meiring
  1. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - FOSSILES: Abel vd Merwe / Jannie vd Merwe
  2. TEAM HILUX: Jacques le Roes / Hilgard Rossouw
  3. TEAM DIESEL & DUST: Schalk Bean / Christiaan vd Merwe
  4. TEAM JUBLI: Francois Badenhorst / Rory Blok
  1. TEAM BLOED EN OMO - BABES IN WOODS: Anna Kotze / Lisa Wittstock

Dates & Times


  • 4 - 6 February 2022



  • 13h00: Expedition book to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Indemnity form to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Covid Release Waiver form to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Team medical information form to be mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Route flow chart and Logistical planner mailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Sample of 1:50 000 scale map to be mailed to all teams
  • 13h00: Route map to T1 - cycle drop off.


  • 14h00 and onwards: Teams accommodation check in.
  • 14h00 and onwards: 120km teams - Cycle and tubes drop off at T.
  • 14h00 and onwards: 60km teams - Cycle drop of at T1.
  • 18h00: Social bring and braai.
  • 20h00: Registration.
  • 21h00: Team introduction, Adventure briefing and maps Leg 1 hand out.


  • 6h00: Packed re-supply box A hand-in at start area.
  • 6h00: Packed re-supply box B hand-in at start area.
  • 6h30: Hand out of Spot GPS Trackers at start area.
  • 7h00: Adventure start.


  • 7h00 - 9h00: Breakfast.
  • 9h00: Awards Ceremony

Location & Accommodation


  • Kam'bati River Resort, Swellendam.


  • Africamps luxury tents, Chalets, Luxury tents, pre-erected tents and general camping available at Kam'bati Resort.

  • Suitable for the whole family.

  • Contact for bookings directly: Tel: 079 200 9098 




  • Sunrise: 06h04
  • Sunset: 19h39
  • Full Moon: 16 February 2022

Entry Fee & Banking Details


  • R 6600 per team of four members.

  • R 3300 per team of two members. 

  • All athletes will receive an Event hat.

  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.


  • R 3400 per team of four members.

  • R 1700 per team of two members. 

  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.

  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast. 


  • Expedition Africa
    First National Bank
    Rivonia branch, branch code 250 355
    Account number 628 004 891 73

  • Mail  proof of payment to stephan@kinetic-events.co.za. Use name and surname as reference

  • Entries closes Thursday 27 January 2022. 


Teams may cancel their entry at any stage by e-mailing the event organizers. 

  • No refunds are applicable at any stage.
  • Only make a payment for your entry when certain that you will attend the event. Once you have made a payment, we start planning for your participation and costs are being incurred.
  • Teams are not permitted to transfer their fees paid to future events if they are not able to make this edition of the event.
  • Teams are permitted to transfer or sell their entry to another team if available. This will be a transaction between the teams. Teams must notify Expedition Africa as soon as possible in the case of a team entry being transferred or sold.
  • If two teams do not have sufficient members and decide to join together, this will be strictly considered as one team cancelling their entry. Refund policy will be as stated above, no exceptions.
  • If the race is cancelled due to acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, or other reasons, the organizers will make every effort to refund as much of the entry fee as possible to all teams. However, all teams should be aware that any refunds will be considered after event costs have been calculated. Given the high number of fixed costs associated with organizing the race teams should also be aware that any refund is likely to be minimal. The race will not be re-scheduled.

Distances & Disciplines


  • This adventure will cover approximately 120 km. 

  • Top teams are expected to finish the course in 12  hours with the last team in before 24 hours.

  • All teams should be able to finish before 7h00 Sunday morning


  • This adventure will cover approximately 60 km. 

  • Top teams are expected to finish the course in 6 hours with the last team in before 12 hours.

  • All teams should be able to finish before 7h00 Saturday night.


  • Mountain biking – teams should be prepared for a range of riding including single track, steep hills, gravel roads and sealed roads.

  • Trekking – will involve traveling by foot through rugged and diverse terrain.

  • Kayaking – kayaking will be on a river. Details will be outlined at race briefing. Kayaks will be provided by race organisers. Teams can use their own paddles or reserve paddles from Kinetic on the online entry form.  

  • Orienteering – orienteering is an extremely important part of the race. The course is not marked and teams are required to navigate using map and compass. 

Re-supply Boxes


  • One of the unique aspects of this overnight race is that the teams don't need a support crew, the organisers will logistically support the teams.

  • Teams will need to plan meticulously all their equipment and sustenance, and then pack them into their re-supply boxes.

  • The use of re-supply boxes makes it easier for teams to compete on an even playing field.

  • Teams will receive 1 or 2 waterproof re-supply boxes (depending on route) at the start in which to pack gear and food.

  • Size of the re-supply box is - 160 liter. (81 cm long * 37 cm wide * 40 cm high).

  • Only boxes supplied by the organizers may be used, teams can't use their own re-supply boxes.

  • The organizers will move these boxes to various points on the route.

  • Boxes will be available at designated transition areas somewhere on route. The position of these transition areas will be indicated in the adventure book.

  • Re-supply boxes needs to be secured with cable ties by the teams before being moved by the organisers.



  • Maps supplied will be 1:50 000 topographical maps. A3 size.

  • Google maps and local hiking maps may also be used by organiser.

  • Route may be given out as course progresses. 

  • Waterproofing of maps is essential. 

  • Stationery materials for preparing route on map are needed. Different coloured pens, sellotape, scissors, etc.

  • If the map is lost or damaged it will not be replaced by the organisers.

Equipment & Competency Required


Click HERE for the list of Compulsory Competitor Equipment (download & save a copy)

Teams do not need any illumination devices / glow sticks for this event.

120 km teams need to provide one tube per person. Vehicle tube (not toy tube)

Contact: Tyremart Swellendam - 028 514 1500 or Supa Quick Swellendam - 028 514 3470 and ask for secondhand tubes - collect on Friday before dropping off cycles at T1.


  • At least one member of the team must be capable of navigating by compass and map during the day and night. The team must be able to orientate a map, identify grid references on a map, take a bearing between two points on a map, and understand the impact of magnetic declination.

  • The teams must be able to describe what their team would do if it becomes lost.

  • At least one member of the team should have experience in basic First Aid.

  • All team members must be suitably competent in all disciplines included in the event as specified by the race organizer and be able to complete the event without any assistance from any person other than own team members.

  • The following Kayaking Skills must be mastered: managing a capsized craft in deep water; righting and emptying a craft in deep water; getting back in and continuing paddling.

  • Swimming 100m of any stroke.

  • There will be no competency checks at registration. By entering this event, teams acknowledge that they are competent in all the skills required to complete an event of this nature.

Personal Responsibility, Event Rules & Regulations


  • I understand and acknowledge that participating in this event is a dangerous activity. I am aware and understand the activities I will be involved in. I am aware of the hazards involved and acknowledge that there is always risk of injury (including permanent injury, mental injury, paralysis and death). In my judgment I have sufficient competence, knowledge, common sense, experience, survival skills and equipment to participate in all the event activities in a manner safe to myself and others.
  • I understand and agree that, in the first instance, I am responsible for the provision of first aid to myself and those around me, I know and accept that rescue by the organisers, or emergency services, may not be possible immediately (e.g.: Night, rain, equipment failure, other rescue etc.)
  • If I get to a point in the course that I believe the level of inherent risk is unacceptable for me, and I am not confident in completing it safely, it is my responsibility to take action. I must choose an alternate route, avoid the hazard, or even withdraw from that leg or the race. I accept this self-responsibility.
  • Use common sense to “assess” areas for personal safety.
  • I and my whole team have read this paragraph, understand it and indemnify the event organiser against all claims.



Eco Awareness


Teams are to adhere to the following stipulations at all times:

  • All waste is to be carried to the closest transition or checkpoint for disposal.

  • Human waste is to be buried between 20 and 25cm below the soil surface.

  • Picking of flowers, cutting of walking sticks and/or any damage to the natural vegetation (even though they might appear to be dead) is prohibited.

  • The making of fires, whatever the circumstances and no matter how small, are prohibited along the entire route.

  • No tree, rock, etc. may be defaced in any manner.

  • Be polite and courteous to local inhabitants. Pass quietly through settlements, especially at night.

The transgression of any of the above will render the entire team liable to disqualification.

Prizes / Awards


  • The winning 4 member mixed team will receive a free entry for the Final event in Clocolan in November 2022. 
  • All adventures will receive a commerative coffee mug.