The Namib-Naukluft National Park is a national park of Namibia encompassing part of the Namib Desert (considered the world's oldest desert) and the Naukluft mountain range. With an overall area of 49.768 km², the Namib-Naukluft is the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world and offers some of the most remote, diverse, pristine and untouched wilderness areas to be found anywhere on earth. It’s in this environment, which is often inaccessible to the general public, that we host the Namib Desert Challenge.
The Namib Desert Challenge is a 220km multi-day extreme endurance footrace, which will test both your physical and mental limits. Competitors originate from all four corners of the globe and will test themselves against the elements. Extreme heat, rugged terrain, rocky-mountains, the famous Sesriem Canyon, culminates in the summiting of two of the highest dunes in the world: Dune 45 and “Big Daddy”.
21 – 25 July 2014 marks the 6th Annual edition of the Namib Desert Challenge.
We have found the perfect balance to cater for all types of athlete/runner, if you’re a racing snake, a middle of the pack, or just along for the adventure, we believe the NDC will exceed all your expectations.
If you are familiar with the Namib-Naukluft, I’m sure you know that it offers some of the most remote, diverse, pristine and untouched wilderness areas to be found anywhere on earth. It’s in this environment, which is often inaccessible to the general public, that we host this 220km, multi-day extreme endurance footrace.
The 5 stages (ranging from 28 – 56 kilometres per stage) of the NDC are designed to cover the most spectacular and varied part of the area.
With this in mind, we balance your need to carry all your kit, to only needing to carry your pure essentials, such as emergency food rations, emergency gear and clothing, thus still offering a challenging multi-day stage race. Our professional local Logistics crew, will move our race village each day, so that you run a camp to camp stage, provide you with Boiling water and fire and our water points/check-points looking more like an Oasis in the Desert, than just a refuelling point. Due to the extreme nature of the event, the safety of each competitor, crew and race member is of utmost concern, and thus we employ a full medical crew, which is on-hand throughout the race.
Dinner will be provided every evening for the competitors. competitors are not required to carry their food with them during each stage. The Sossusvlei lodge (5 star) will be preparing the dinner each evening so it is guaranteed to be a delicious feed. You have to supply your own breakfast and lunch meals but they do not need to be carried with you when you run, you can leave them in your tent in a small kit bag while you are tackling each stage. There is also a shop in the area where you can purchase basic food supplies and drinks.
A campfire will be lit each evening so everyone can swap stories about their day and the challenge that still lies ahead. Each evening around 18:00, a briefing for the next stage will be conducted.
We have limited space – this is a delicate environment. So please make sure you register in time.
To register and for all the info - click here