30 years of conservation and biosphere restoration success in the Eastern Cape is under threat due to the impact of covid on tourism. Through the Addo2Fish Marathon you will support the reserves in the area during a very tough time, and be part of a brighter future for Eastern Cape conservation with the mega reserve initiative underway.
When you are Running to Restore, you will be taking the first steps to restoring the biodiversity and free movement of the animals of the Addo2Fish conservation landscape – between the Addo National Park and the Great Fish Nature Reserve.
The Addo2Fish Marathon is a ‘soft trail’ run among the Big 5 in the Eastern Cape, and will be based on Amakhala Game Reserve in 2022. There will be two distances on offer in the region of 20 and 40km – but final routes and distances with only be decided on the morning. Terrain is mostly jeep track with – no barrier to road runners who want to get closer to nature.
Lion roars nearby could delay the start time, elephant ‘marshalls’ could dictate a mid run route adjustment – all potentially part of the experience running on an Eastern Cape Big 5 Reserve.
Don’t plan to run your personal best, there will be plenty of distractions on route.
There Addo2Fish Experience is very much a safari.
Your game drives will give you a sense of the routes – any animal you see on Friday afternoon, you could be running past on Saturday morning – and also take you into areas of the reserve we are not able to run in.
The 2022 launch edition offers a very limited number of runners the chance to be ‘at the frontline of conservation’ through literally being part of announcing the dream to build a mega reserve to the world. Weekend packages begin at R8 500 per person sharing, which includes your run.
Run wherever you are in the world – and you could be at The Addo2Fish Marathon in 2023.
Your run will help to:
Build an underpass enabling the free movement of animals.
Train and employ local community members as Rhino Rangers.
May 2023 sees the full Addo2Fish Marathon on offer.
A 5 night African Odyssey – game drives among the Big 5, sundowners overlooking the plains, nights around the fire under the African stars. And within this not only a run among the wildlife, but a full engagement with the mega reserve project that you will be a part of.
Learn, see, do – Be. You will spend a day behind the scenes of the Conservation Landscapes project – you will be a conservationist.
You will Be Moved. You will – Change Your World