Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun
Adventure

Words Stephen Cunliffe, Images Stephen Cunliffe & Nick Muzik Words Stephen Cunliffe, Images Stephen Cunliffe & Nick Muzik

Accompanied by a large group of Wildrunner and Richtersveld Tours’ support staff driving a diverse fleet of 4x4s, fifty determined trail runners trotted out of Sendelingsdrift and into the desert at the start of a challenging Richtersveld adventure: one that would see them average a marathon a day for five days.

The new transfrontier route was designed to expose competitors to the very best the Richtersveld has to offer – on both sides of the border – with deep canyons, rocky ravines, boulder-strewn mountains and stony desert plains being the order of the day.

Taking place under a scalding sun, the adventure proved tough-going not only for the trail runners, but also for some of the accompanying vehicles.

Despite the trials and tribulations, it was hard to tell whether the runners or the 4x4 drivers were having more fun – all revelling in the access to some of the transfrontier park’s hidden gems.

And, although all the runners would eventually succeed in crossing the finish line at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort in Namibia, a Land Rover Discovery 3 would find itself marooned deep inside the Fish River Canyon near Wilderness Hot Springs campsite number four, awaiting a new side shaft, CV joint and the skills of a local mechanic before it could once again attempt the challenging exit route back out of the gorge.

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