WWF-logoThe WWF Desert Challenge is a once in a lifetime adventure in one of the world’s most remote and beautiful deserts – the /Ai/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park that spans Namibia and South Africa. The Challenge aims to reconnect people to the wilderness and to raise funds in support of WWF’s conservation work in South Africa and Namibia.

The seven day challenge, from the 16 – 22 October 2016, will see a daring and very exclusive group of people pit themselves against the elements to cycle, hike, paddle and abseil through the remotest parts of this spectacular World Heritage Site.

The Challenge is not a race and participants can complete each leg at their own pace, but there are sections where one cannot turn back. Participants will need to be physically fit and in good health to complete the Challenge and be capable on a mountain bike, in a kayak and be willing to abseil with assistance from professionals.

October is spring in the Richtersveld, which means hot days and cold nights, but temperatures are not extreme. The magnificent Orange River that runs through the Richtersveld desert brings life to the area and welcome opportunities to cool off.

A strong support team will accompany the Challenge including a medical doctor and massage therapist, bike mechanic and guides. The group will be hosted by WWF South Africa and will be joined by environmental experts who will provide a deeper understanding of this special environment.

While the challenge will be physically demanding, comfortable nights are assured. After a rough day in the desert, the group will arrive at a wilderness camp to enjoy a delicious fireside meal, good company and a good night’s rest under the desert skies. Accommodation will be in well-appointed individual tents, except for the second night which will require roughing it in the deep wilderness

The WWF Desert Challenge is an exclusive WWF trip that is limited to 40 participants. Entries open on 01 March 2016 and close on 01 June 2016. The all-inclusive price of the Challenge (departing from Johannesburg) is US$ 9 000 (R100 000).

 

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COAST-TO-CANYON ADVENTURE

The WWF Desert Challenge will take you on a coast-to-canyon adventure across one of the World’s most remote and beautiful deserts, the Namibia/ South Africa /Ai/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The seven-day challenge will see a daring and exclusive group of people challenge themselves against the elements to cycle, run, paddle and abseil 150 km through the spectacular landscapes of this World Heritage Site. This exclusive WWF trip provides access to remote unexplored wilderness regions and the group will be joined by WWF staff and other experts who will uncover the wonders of the desert from its unique ecology, archaeology and astronomy to learning the culture of the local Nama people.

 

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FIRST CLASS

The adventure will begin onboard the classic World War II era DC4 Skymaster. The group will experience historic first class air travel, flying into the desert at low altitude and slow speeds, capturing the excitement and romance of a bygone era and the magic of this desert area.

 

 

 

UNDER THE STARS

While the challenge will be physically demanding, comfortable nights are assured. After a challenging day in the desert, the group will arrive at a wilderness camp to enjoy a delicious fireside meal, good company and a good night’s rest under desert skies. The WWF Desert Challenge is an exclusive WWF trip to reconnect people to the wilderness and to raise funds in support of WWF’s conservation work in South Africa and Namibia.

 

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THE WWF DESERT CHALLENGE

WHEN: 16 – 22 October 2016

PRICE: $9 000 (all-inclusive). Depart from Johannesburg. Limited to 40 participants.

CONTACT: Dr Amy Goldblatt: agoldblatt@wwf.org.za or +27(0)83 479 2178 or +27(0)21 650 6600

WEB: More information and a detailed overview of the trip is also available on the WWF Desert Challenge website www.wwfdesertchallenge.co.za