Tough run in terrific terrain

WHEN scouting around an area that you are both familiar and unfamiliar with, it is magical to grasp the possibilities such a place has to offer – this perfect playground for any adventure racer is the Transkei.

The true beauty of the Transkei lies beyond the famous Great Kei River ferry, where the pure rawness of both culture and soil meet the beauty of the Wild Coast.

WILD CHALLENGE: It is time to get your entries in for the Transkei Tuff adventure race Picture: BRUCE VIAENE

Unlike most events that take place along the Wild Coast, the Transkei Tuff adventure race will venture teams through magical canopied terrain, onto exquisite waterfalls, swims in rivers surrounded by steep canyonned walls and along magnificent beaches.

“The Wild Coast has an abundance of raw beauty and, as organisers of the Transkei Tuff, it has been a case of piecing together these magnificent landmarks, where we are showcasing these unforgettable places to athletes from all around South Africa,” adventure photographer and organiser Bruce Viaene said.

The hosts of this awesome event, Wavecrest Beach Hotel & Spa, look forward to welcoming amateur and world-series adventure racing teams on April 7.

The 150km, 24-hour adventure race is filled with an array of disciplines featuring flat-water paddling, trekking, mountain biking and abseiling – all of which will transport the Transkei Tuff adventure racing teams through the rural lands that surround the Wavecrest area.

“As much of a challenge as self-navigating is, we have kept the course relatively user-friendly for teams. However, of course, racing once the sun sets brings a unique and exciting aspect to the teams that are new to the sport, something newcomers can look forward to,” Viaene said.

Teams of four or two can enter this Tuff experience, taking on the adventure of racing along the Wild Coast.

Entries for the race are open now and close on March 31, where entry fees include pre-race and post-race accommodation and meals. Enter online on


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