Namib Desert Challenge 1Due to popular demand they are hosting another edition of the race this year. The 6th edition of the Namib Desert Challenge will take place from the 28th October – 1st November 2013.

The NDC 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, namely Dune 45 and “Big Daddy”.

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.

Namib Desert Challenge 2There are five stages ranging from 28 – 60 kilometres over five days. The stages are arranged to cover the most spectacular and varied part of the area. Each stage consists of several legs whereby competitors must pass through a checkpoint to collect water and where medical assistance is also available. Checkpoints are stationed roughly every 15km throughout each stage.


Race Description

Stage 1: 42 Kilometres
Area: Private Game Farms around Sesriem
The race begins with a slight and gradual incline across dry bushveld. The terrain is a mix of grassy plains, rocky hills and dry river beds. Competitors will be treated to awesome views of the landscape upon reaching the summit of a narrow mountain pass. Wildlife is regularly visible and competitors will be treated to sightings of springbok, oryx, zebras and ostrich.

Stage 2: 46 Kilometres
Area: Naukluft National Park
The course traverses dry riverbeds and then heads through scattered vegetation and then into a dry big open gravel plain. Hereafter, competitors will get a taste of running over their first dunes and the trail becomes thick red dune sand.

Stage 3: 44 KilometresNamib Desert Challenge 4
Area: Private Game Farms around Sesriem
Day 3 offers a tougher test of the competitors’ navigation skills. The scenery is magnificent and wildlife is plentiful. Competitors will have all types of terrain thrown at them in one stage: Sandy river-beds, rocky ground and large grasslands.

Stage 4: 56 Kilometres
Area: Namib Naukluft National Park
The race heads towards the mighty red dunes, across the Sesriem Canyon and into the Namib Naukluft National Park. The summit of Dune 45 offers a daunting challenge as competitors head towards the stage finish line.

Stage 5: 28 Kilometres
Area: Sossusvlei/Naukluft National Park
It may be shorter than the rest of the stages but this is when the competitors will really challenge through the dunes. Namib Desert Challenge 6The last 11km will be take competitors right into the mighty red dunes through the “Dead Vlei” and into the world famous “Sossusvlei”. Sightings of oryx are guaranteed in this area.



Sunday 27th October 2013

1st Bus transfer leaves from Windhoek airport to the Sossusvlei Lodge.
2nd Bus transfer leaves from outside the Thule Hotel in Windhoek

15:00 – 19:00
Pre-registration at the Sossusvlei Lodge.
Kit Checks.
Luggage drop off, storage is provided for additional baggage not needed during the race.
Transfer to race village and tented camp.Namib Desert Challenge 7

After meeting the Kinetic Enduro team, registering and completing equipment checks, competitors are free to relax at the pool and bar area until the race briefing begins at 19:00

19:00 – 20:00
Official welcome and race briefing

20:00 – 21:30
Pre-race dinner and pasta party. Watch the desert sun setting whilst treating yourself to a buffet dinner with an assortment of pasta and sauces.

Monday 28th October 2013

Race start – Stage 1
The race starts just outside the Sossusvlei lodge

Stage briefing

Dinner provided by the organisers

Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st October 2013
Same itinerary as Monday (above)

Friday 1st November 2013

Victory Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Saturday 2nd November 2013

Bus transfers to Windhoek airport
*Do not book return a flight which is scheduled to leave before 13:30 on the same day


2013 Results from the first run are as follows:

Name Race   # Stage   1 Stage   2 Stage   3 Stage   4 Stage   5 Overall
Argyrios Papathanasopoulos 11 3:20:12 3:38:31 4:40:57 4:45:35 2:53:16 19:18:31
Marius Van Zyl 20 3:41:59 4:08:13 4:21:49 5:20:25 2:54:42 20:27:08


Tented accommodation will be provided by the organisers for each night from Sunday 24th to Friday 29th March. Competitors will be accommodated in the Sossusvlei Lodge for the night of Friday 29th.

Namib Desert Challenge 5Competitors are not permitted to leave the race camps as this will be seen as withdrawing from the race. Competitors are required to bring their own sleeping bags and ground mats but do not have to carry them during the race, the organisers will take care of this.

The organisers will provide a buffet dinner each evening, so competitors are no longer 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 are 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.

Entries are now open and for more information please email or call us on +27 (0)21 555 0866

For information on getting there click here.

Only 60 competitor slots available! Registration deadline is 30th July 2013 or as soon as the 60 competitor limit has been reached.

The overall winner of the second edition of the 2013 race will automatically receive a free entry for 2014.


By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 25 June 2013