Meet the Teams

Meet some of the teams competing in Expedition Africa

Meet Team Cape St. Francis Resort from South Africa.  

They will be at Expedition Africa 2017 Baviaans.

This year two expedition rookies, Gina and Terence, team up with Nici and Ryan from Team Black Diamond (in the absence of James, who is getting married and Leon who is injured). They will race as Team Cape St Francis Resort.

Ryan and Nici have raced together for the last 12 years. In recent times they have competed in Quantum Leap 2012, EA 2013, 2014, and 2016. Gina is new to AR but has multiple MTB stage races and trail runs under her belt. Most recently she completed SKY Run and African X.

Terence is an International Adventure / Lifestyle Photographer and wanna-be athlete. After a few years of racing AR Terence focused his time on his trade instead of racing and has since been to 2 EA’s as photographer working with top teams. This is Terence’s first full length expedition.

In James’s absence, Nici will be doing the Navigation work and the Team is looking forward to covering some beautifully tough and rugged Baviaans terrain!  Hopefully our journey will not be too convoluted


Meet Team Buco Adventures from South Africa.

They will be at Expedition Africa 2017 Baviaans.

Team Buco

Team BUCO Adventures is a Plettenberg Bay based team with a mix of experience and fresh new blood. BUCO has sponsored the team this year as part of the take over from Pennypinchers.

Team Captain James Stewart and AR stalwart Netski Wylie are the experienced pair. Stef Le Roux and Andrew von Blommestien are no strangers to off road endurance events but are new to the sport of Adventure Racing. They will bring a new energy to this team who have taken part in all but one of the Expedition Africa Races.

The team placed 7th (22) in EA 2011, 4th (13) in EA 2012, 17th (31) in EA 2013, 25th (40) at EA 2014 and last year a credible 13th (53) in a strong field. They definitely have their eye on a top 10 position this year. The Team is looking forward to exploring the tuff and rugged Baviaans area.


Meet Team Misadventures from Ireland.

They will be at Expedition Africa 2017 Baviaans.

Team Misadventures

Team Misadventures are from Ireland and have been racing in the Irish AR scene for a number of years, but this is the first time this combination will race together. Taryn and Nigel are returning to Expedition Africa having raced in the 2014 edition (as Beast of Ballyhoura) and will be joined by Denis and Colin who both have lots of experience in 1-4 day races and having competed in the World Series race held in Ireland in 2016. Taryn brings the experience to the team, Nigel and Colin will be on the maps and Denis brings ropes skills together with bad jokes and singing.

The team are looking forward to exploring more of South Africa’s wilderness and know that Stephan, Heidi and the team will put on a great race showcasing the local area.

Other entries include teams from

  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Israel
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Ireland
  • South Africa & Ireland
  • South Africa & USA



Expedition Africa 2017

The countdown to Expedition Africa 2017 has officially begun

Expedition Africa at Cape St Francis Resort

The countdown to Expedition Africa 2017 has officially begun, as teams of two and four prepare for the 500km expedition through the Eastern Cape’s notorious  Adventure Province.  Cape St Francis Resort have preparations in full swing to host this year’s  World Series event, as teams from all over the globe prepare to arrive in May.

Cape St Francis Resort will not only play host to this year’s Adventure Racing World Series event; Expedition Africa, but also feature on the start line in the 12th May 2017. Cape St Francis Resort’s very own; Gina Malherbe  will be joining the members of team Black Diamond; creating a Cape St Francis Resort team.

The team officially came together mid-February this year, featuring Ryan Van Niekerk, Nici Van Niekerk, Leon Pieters  and new-comer Gina Malherbe who are in training for the event coming up.  According to Malherbe; It is hard to juggle life and training for an event this large, but as their team is faced with limited time left until the event, it is much easier to be more focused. “I have a couple of new disciplines to learn very quickly, which in turn adds to the adventure of the sport” further expresses Gina Malherbe.

According to route designer, Stephan Muller; teams can look forward to experiencing all the challenging, yet beautiful attractions this glorious area has to offer. Magnificent mountain ranges and beautiful coastlines will provide the perfect playground for teams to endure 500km’s of trekking, kayaking, cycling, abseiling and all the other adventures this race has to offer.

“Having Expedition Africa take place in an area that is so close to my heart is a once in a life time opportunity. This will be my first adventure racing experience, which makes me extremely excited and nervous at the same time” shares Malherbe.

Teams can look forward to exploring the beautiful Kouga and Baviaans regions , including the highlight of this year’s course; the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest of its kind in Southern Africa.  The 225 000 HA mega-reserve boasts unspoiled, rugged mountainous terrain featuring spectacular landscapes will expose teams from far and wide to an entirely new kind of beauty.

Organisers; Stephan and Heidi Muller  have implemented a “Dark Zone” for the first time in the history of Expedition Africa.  A “Dark Zone” will be featured along one of the hiking legs, as teams will not be allowed to travel during night. This is to ensure the safety of the teams as they will traverse though an African Wildlife area.

The Cape St Francis Resort will host the event from 12 to 21 May 2017. The staff of the resort are excited to host the event, and provide an opportunity for athletes to truly experience a wilderness where few have set foot.

With many local teams entered into the event, the multiple supporter transitions will enhance the camaraderie and ensure ongoing excitement travels throughout the Kouga and Baviaans.  The organisers are confident that locals will have the chance to meet teams along the course of the race.  “By following the teams vie the online live tracking sites, our locals will be ready to support the many teams from their shops and restaurants as they pass by,” shares Esti Stewart.

  • Name: Expedition Africa
  • Dates: 12 May 2017 to 21 May 2017
  • Province: Eastern Cape, Kouga and Baviaans
  • Host Venue: Cape St Francis Resort

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Expedition Africa 2017 -Cape St Francis

Expedition Africa 2017 -Cape St Francis