25 January–2 February 2019: KIMBIA KENYA
(date to be confirmed)
In The Footsteps Of Runners Of The Highlands: discovery, sharing and trail running.
This adventure allows everyone to find his/her own pace. You can choose between a total distance of 50K walk or run and a 100K run only, equally divided over 5 days.
Kimbia Kenya is an eco-solidarity project. All five stages leave, cross or arrive in a school. Two principles define this eco-solidarity project: logistical and material support to these schools and the organization of exchange and sharing moments between participants and the local population, especially with children of the schools.
Each stage you’ll discover many facets of the region located in the northwest of Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
The race will take you around the Lake Elementaita, the smallest lake in the Rift Valley (18 km2), classified as a Ramsar site since 2005 and famous worldwide by birds’ lovers. It hosts thousands of pelicans and flamingos.
The races offer a very diverse nature of path & soil: dirt and sandy savannah and hills, villages or parks.
There are tourist activities organized during the afternoons for those who still have enough energy after the morning races in order to discover the region of Navaisha, located in the heart of the Rift Valley.
Race info: #KimbiaKenya
22-24 February 2019: THREE CRANES MULTIDAY CHALLENGE, SOUTH-AFRICA
(date to be confirmed)
The Karkloof Conservancy was officially formed on the 19 March 1998. The Conservancy is made up of local landowners interested in the protection of biodiversity in the Karkloof and has been actively involved in a number of community projects in the area for the past 13 years. The Karkloof Conservancy covers an area of 40 000 hectares in the Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal. The area includes wetlands, grasslands and huge tracts of forest, which are all protected biomes.
The farmers of the Conservancy participate in various environmentally friendly farming practices, ensuring that they maintain their alien invasive plants, their soil, the fauna, flora, and the environment as a whole. Some of the farmers are registered crane custodians and all 3 species of crane occur in the area.
Some of the projects that the Karkloof Conservancy participates in include annual game counts to monitor the game in the area such as the endangered Oribi.
The Conservancy has also worked closely with local conservation organizations such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust, KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation, SANBI, Enviro Watch, Wildlands Conservation Trust and the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa.
For the past 13 years, the Karkloof Conservancy has been working with 4 local farm schools in environmental education. Each year, a theme is chosen and a conservation officer or specialist is invited to talk at the schools. Themes covered include the life cycle of Butterflies, Cranes, Oribi, Snakes, Raptors, Wetlands, Grasslands, the Drakensberg Mountains, and Antelope of Southern Africa.
After the informative presentations and discussions, every school is supplied with a blank poster and art materials. They use this to create brilliant artworks depicting what they have learned. The paintings are then displayed at the Conservancy’s AGM for all to appreciate. Conservancy members vote for their favorite artwork and the winners then qualify for an educational outing and picnic, paid for by the Conservancy.
The Karkloof Conservation Centre (opened in October 2007) is a meaningful environmental awareness, education and eco-tourism hub and is one of the Conservancy’s proudest achievements. The Centre is ample proof that respect for the environment and conservation ethic are deep-rooted in the Karkloof Valley.
In true community spirit, Charlie McGillvray and his family have kindly opened up part of their farm, Gartmore, to nature lovers by offering to house the office headquarters and a bird hide on their property. The second bird hide nearby is located on Stuart Mackenzie’s farm, Loskop. The Tourism and Conservation Office is based at the entrance of Gartmore Farm, 15km along the Karkloof road, just outside of Howick.
The public can now enjoy the true splendor and tranquillity of the Karkloof wetlands from a comfortable seat in our two world-class bird hides, where one really feels part of the natural surroundings. All three crane species visit our wetlands near the bird hides on a regular basis and there are also a variety of waterbirds and raptors to keep you entertained.
The Conservation Centre is open every day of the week.
By running the Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge you are helping Karkloof Conservancy.
Over the course of 3 days, you’ll cover over 100K in and around the breath-taking Karkloof Nature Reserve.
The run will incorporate roads in and around the Karkloof Nature Reserve, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through forests and grasslands, some trail running through beautiful misty forests and magnificent views as you run along the Gilboa escarpment. The night run will add a new dimension and adventure to this challenge and promises to bring out the adventurer in you!
A single base camp will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge.
Registration opens in August.
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