The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) is an adventurous foot race held every year in October in the breath-taking landscape of South Africa’s “Green Kalahari”.
This event, known as the ‘Big Daddy’ is in its 18th year, and is one of the few and most distinguished extreme desert trail running events on the global calendar!
KAEM is a 7 day, self-sufficient race, covering an approximate total distance of 250km. The route is divided into 6 stages and traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park, Daberas and private farmlands. You get the unique opportunity to run and/or hike through varied terrain, from boulder-strewn koppies to sandy river beds, while enjoying wild life and the distinct beauty of the Kalahari Desert. Ranging from 25km to 45km with a long day of approximately 75km, each stage has a set distance. The long day is run into the night, giving you the opportunity to also experience the African night life while being out on the route. The rest day camp is located on the banks of the Orange River which allows participants to have a dip in the water.
This event is self-sufficient which entails that participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. There are check points located at every 8 to 10km on route. In addition, professional medical backup as well as sports physios are available and form part of the crew.