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Frequently Asked Questions - Richtersveld

How do I get to the start of the event for registration?
This is up to you, with a couple of options:
1) A transfer from Cape Town to /Ai/Ais-Hot Springs Resort and then to Sendelingsdrif is included in the event fee, all runners are welcome to make use of this option. NOTE, if you do not take this option, the cost of your entry will not change. 
2) You can drive directly to Sendelingsdrif and leave your vehicle there for the duration of the event. This is the main gate of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, in South Africa, and where you will be for the first night - registration, briefing, dinner and acommodation. A SANParks vehicle will transport you from the finish at the /Ai/Ais-Hot Springs Resort in Namibia, back to Sendelingsdrif and your vehicle, on the day after the event (limited to 44 passengers).
3) You can leave your vehicle at the /Ai/Ais-Hot Springs Resort in Namibia, the finish venue, for the duration of the event. You will be able to take the SANParks vehicle transfer to the start venue at Sendelingsdrif (limited to 44 passengers).
NB You will need your passport as you will be crossing the Namibia-South Africa border for either options. 
 
Will I need a Visa to run this event?
The Government of Namibia allows citizens of specific countries and territories to travel to Namibia for tourism or business purposes for three months with an ordinary passport, and diplomatic and service passports without having to obtain a visa. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.  Click here to see specific details
 
Why is the event called a 'Transfrontier' Wildrun®?
During the event, you will cross the border from South Africa into Namibia, via an 'undesignated border crossing' i.e. at a non-official border. The undesignated border crossing has been agreed upon by the relevant authorities in each country. 
 
How will I know where I am going during the event?
You will receive a map of the route for each day that has clearly marked check-point (CP's) and rendezvous points (RP's), as well as obvious features along the route clearly indicated, to help you navigate the course. There are also GPS track-logs for this event, which you can upload onto your GPS and follow throughout the event. The event director will go through the next day's route with you every evening, indicating route tips, things to watch out for etc. This is done with an interactive google map, so runners can actually see the course for the next day. As this is a remote location, you will need to use your GPS to navigate effectively.  
 
Are there any obstacles/rivers to cross on the route?
Yes - ultimately you are in wilderness areas and often required to cross a river/stream or high mountain. Go through the route maps for the event thoroughly before entering, to ensure you are familiar with the type of obstacles you may encounter.
 
Are there cut-off times each day?
Only where necessary. The cut-off times will depend on a number of factors, including weather and conditions on the day. Please refer to the specific event information for more details on cut-off times for that event, day-by-day. Normally, cut-off times for the Richtersveld Wildrun® will be decided the evening before, or even on the day of the event, when the weather conditions dictate the safety of the runners. 
 
Can I be pulled off the course even if I am within the cut-off times, or if cut-off times have not been confirmed?
Yes - you will only be pulled off the course for your own safety and this will happen if a) the medic at checkpoint is concerned for your health/safety or b) conditions on the course have become severe or dangerous and the race director rules that you will not be sufficiently safe to complete the day. This will never be done on a whim as we prefer all starters to finish! But be aware that conditions during the day can change and this can result in changes to the course where necessary. 
 
Can I use a GPS/do I have to have a GPS to take part?
Yes, GPS use is required at the Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun®. Wildrunner have a few GPS units for hire on a first-come-first-served basis and will run a short GPS use briefing on the day you arrive at Sendelingsdrif - for any runners that would like to brush-up on GPS use or need some training on how to use the units. This briefing is not required, but highly recommended for those that are unsure of their navigation.
 
Do we run in pairs or is it a singles event?
The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® is an individual event,  you are not required to run in pairs. However, groups normally form through the course of the event and participants are rarely completely alone, unless you want to be!
 
Is there any required equipment to take with me on the run?
No equipment will be checked at the Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun®, but we do have 'required kit' that we strongly recommend you have on you at all times. See 'Event Equipment' for more information, as well as highly recommended kit.
 
How safe is it?
As with any wilderness running, you will need to be aware of the outdoor elements and wildlife. Weather conditions can vary and make a normally easy day much more dangerous. Remember that you are in a remote desert environment. You may come across snakes or other wildlife that you may want to avoid. A race sweeper (or two), who will be in contact with the base, will remain behind the last runner at all times and respond to emergencies as quickly as possible. Personal safety from other humans is more difficult to predict but again, remember that you are in a National Park/nature reserve, and thus it is very unlikely to come across anyone that isn't either on the run, supporting the run, park staff or a 4x4ing visitor. It is highly unlikely for a runner to encounter negative characters on this event. That said, although we have not experienced dangerous human encounters so far on any of our runs, it is worth being aware of all elements. If this is a concern for you, we suggest running in groups or with at least one other, for your peace of mind.
 
What about scorpions?
Scorpions are fairly common in the Richtersveld and for the most part come out at night. They like to move in the open but seek refuge in dark places like under tents, in firewood and in shoes. Please be advised to wear closed shoes after sundown and check your running shoes in the morning before putting them on. Placing them upside down on rocks or off the ground helps, but is not failsafe. Keep your tent zipped up when you are not inside and when you are sleeping.
 

Are there any holiday packages available after the Wildrun®?
Yes, there are 3 holiday packages available for the Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun®. 
Option 1: Cape Town Tour 
Option 2: Sanbona Tour
Option 3: Kruger Park Tour

 

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