First-ever 45km Ultra Marathon Event – Timbavati Traverse

“With the wildlife, for the wildlife”

Have you ever dreamt of running in the wilds of the African bush surrounded by nature in all her glory?  Who says dreams cannot come true…?

With the ongoing and ever-increasing threat to our wildlife, we are constantly having to up our game to counter the relentless pressure of illegal poaching of our natural heritage. The illegal trade in rhino horn and ivory has reached record statistics internationally and rhino horn currently reaches a price higher than gold.

With the unity, collective efforts and dedication of many, from canine units, rangers on foot, anti-poaching & aerial teams and concerned citizens like you, we can make a difference in protecting our rhinos.

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is proud to announce the hosting of its first-ever 45km Ultra Marathon event within the reserve in support of wildlife conservation on the 17th of July 2021.


Where is all began...

Last year following the cancellation of the world-famous Comrades Marathon due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Grant Murphy, head guide and employee at Kings Camp in the Timbavati and a deeply passionate runner, took on the challenge to run a grueling 92 km distance through the Timbavati. His goal was to raise much-needed funding during the Covid-19 pandemic to support the Timbavati canine anti-poaching unit. It turned out to be an incredibly special, memorable, and emotional day for all involved. This was the birth of the Miles 4 Mammals initiative.

The Timbavati Traverse 2021

The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is proud to announce the hosting of its first-ever 45km Ultra Marathon event within the reserve in support of wildlife conservation on the 17th of July 2021.

This unique and prestigious opportunity will be run all in the name of conservation with all proceeds going to the protection and security of our wildlife with a focus upon our rhinos.

From Grant’s previous year's successes, the Timbavati has decided that this experience should be shared with other passionate runners and conservationists like Grant, and this could be the beginning of an annual special event within the Timbavati.

This year's run will cover 45km of Timbavati wilderness as you journey through pristine Big 5 country. The run will be open to 20 runners only who will run within a “bus” group for safety.

We must emphasize that this event is not a race but rather a run where all runners get to experience an intimate connection with nature and run for a cause. The Group will run together to ensure the safety of each runner.

Safety is our priority. Support vehicles and bicycles will accompany runners during the run and competent medical personnel will be on call & present at all times.


  • Entry Fee: R6500.00 per runner.
  • The event is NOT a race, it is a tour.
  • The race will be run as a single “bus” group.
  • Runners should try and train on dirt roads to prepare themselves for the run.
  • Water points will be set up at every 7km run.
  • The weather during this time of the year – morning starts chilling but is usually followed by the warming Lowveld sunshine. Note average day temperatures can peak at 35 degrees Celsius.
  • Armed guides will accompany the running ‘bus’ group for safety as well as to share knowledge of the beautiful environment in which you will be running in.

The entry fee includes:

  • Access to the exclusive and stunning setting of the beautiful and pristine Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the heart of the African bush.
  • Conservation levy to enter into the reserve.
  • Dinner only for the runner at the pre-briefing on Friday (16th July) evening before the race with a soft drink/water. (All dietary requirements will be catered for).
  • Post-run boerie braai dinner with beverages for runner and his/her immediate family. (All dietary requirements will be catered for).
  • Cuppa pre-race coffee on the day of the run.
  • Goodie bag with some amazing items inside.
  • Branded running sports shirt & buff.
  • A raffle ticket for the Timbavati Traverse raffle. Read further to see the prizes up for grabs.
  • All snacks, water at stations throughout the day on Saturday.
  • Weekend ticket for the runner & his/her family into the world-class Graeme Naylor Museum.

The entry fee does NOT include:

  • A contact list for accommodation establishments will be provided in our detailed information document.
  • Other runners apparel. A branded runners t-shirt will be provided together with a buff. Please do pack accordingly. See weather notes above.
  • Transport to start or from finish to accommodation. Parking available at event.
  • Activities for your family while you run. See list of activities options in our detailed information document.

Why not go the extra mile…

We would like to encourage each runner to canvas up additional donations and support towards their run. Your family, friends, and colleagues can pledge a donation directly to your run!

The runner that raises the most funds will win a 2-night stay at Kings Camp Private Game Lodge for 2 persons valued at R52 000,00 (T’S & C’S APPLY)

In addition, you as an entrant will automatically be entered into the Timbavati Traverse raffle with a chance to win amazing prizes. Prizes include lodge stays, helicopter rides, a boat cruise, delicious meals, and so much more!

Families are welcome and will be able to join at the start and the end of the race at the Timbavati Headquarters. Unfortunately, no spectators will be allowed along the route for safety reasons.

While your family waits for your arrival, they can explore the Timbavati’s Graeme Naylor Museum as well as have access to the swimming pool facilities available at the headquarters. Small vending stalls and curios will be set up on the day too.

Secure your spot before they fill up!


Contact -

Check out our Event Pamphlet - Timbavati Traverse 2021 ePamphlet

Note: Cancellation policies are in place, please be sure to read the T & C’s when registering