Timbavati Traverse

By Kings Camp Team on May 26, 2021

The first ever 45km Ultra Marathon Event

With the wildlife, for the wildlife

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

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

Together with the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, we are proud to announce the hosting of the first-ever 45km Ultra Marathon event within the reserve taking place 17 July 2021.

Where it began

In 2020, following the cancellation of the annual Comrades Marathon due to Covid-19, our head guide, Grant Murphy took on the challenge to run a grueling 92 km distance through the Timbavati.

Grant’s goal was to raise much-needed funding to support the Timbavati canine anti-poaching unit while visitor numbers had been brought to a standstill due to the pandemic.

The run turned out to be an incredibly special, memorable, and emotional day for all involved. This was the birth of the Miles 4 Mammals initiative. See the highlight below.

2021 Timbavati Traverse

The first ever Timbavati Traverse is set to take place in July 2021. It offers runners a unique and prestigious opportunity to run in Grant’s footsteps in the name of conservation. All proceeds will go to the protection and security of our wildlife with a focus upon our rhinos.

Building on Grant’s previous successes, the reserve has decided that this experience should be shared with other passionate runners and conservationists. This could hopefully be the beginning of an annual event raising money within the Timbavati.

The 2021 run will cover 45km of wilderness through pristine Big 5 country. The run will be open to 20 runners only who will run within a group for safety.

It is worth emphasizing 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 medical personnel will be on call and present at all times.

Important Details
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.
Water points will be set up at every 7km run.
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 Kings Camp Running Team

Representing Kings Camp in the inaugural Timbavati Traverse are head guide, Grant Murphy and field guide, Remember Mashele – running in the first ever 45 km ultra marathon taking place on 17 July 2021.

Our guides are running in the name of conservation with all proceeds going to the protection and security of our wildlife.

Every single donation, no matter the size COUNTS! If you’d like to donate to our team’s efforts, please do so at the link below:

Make a donation. Make a difference.


We would like to encourage family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances to donate towards Grant & Remember’s 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!

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

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