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Kalahari Challenge (Lite)

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
5 Jun 2020 - 3 day event
± 8 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Kalahari Challenge
Race Director:
Seamus O’Neill

Kalahari Challenge


The Kalahari Challenge MTB

The Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge is a world-class full-service event. It is only 4 hours from Gauteng but a whole world away. With a limited field event of a maximum of 300 riders, you’ll be able to enjoy the miles and miles of stunning bushveld singletrack, gnarly technical uphills, some Kalahari “sandy Mountains” and hardpack track, uninterrupted. After each days riding is said and done, you’ll be able to kick back in the luxury St. Louis & Castle Lite “Chill Zone”, a hot shower and have a hearty meal before resting your head in fully-equipped canvas tents, complete with mattress, pillows, sheets and blankets!

The event has always had a strong regional foreign participation, which has led to the theme of everything in the event having a Botswana flavour – with liberal use of the flag, the national animal (zebra), and lots of local village support.

The Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge  

Weather conditions

Cool to warm during the day, chilly to cold at night

Season: Winter

Route Information



Single track, Jeep Track, Hardpack, <1% Deep Sand

Technical Rating: 7

Stage details


Entry Fee details

Entry pp R6000 to 7645

Entry Fee details Prices for South African entrants paying in Rands: Team Full/Lite (Rands) BWP R10 000 incl. VAT R12 750 incl. VAT Solo Full/Lite (Rands) BWP R6 000 incl. VAT R7 645 incl. VAT Prices for Botswana entrants paying in Pula: Team Full/Lite (Pula) BWP 7,400 incl. VAT Solo Full/Lite (Pula) BWP 4,350 incl. VAT Entry Includes: One / Two Man Canvas Tent (Mattress, sheets, blanket & pillow Meals Access to Legendary Waterpoints Access to St. Louis & Castle Lite "Chill Zone" with food, cash bar & wifi. Complimentary Bike wash & goody bag

Race reviews
The 10th edition of the tough Gem Diamonds Kalahari Challenge Mountain bike race wrapped up with a costly detour and a lot of drama.
THOSE CYCLISTS who chose to have a ‘warm-up’ on Saturday morning
the 20th of July, before the start of the annual Kalahari Challenge
starting in Gaborone Botswana, soon found out that it would be a
while before they built up a sweat – it was rather chilly to say the
least, and the constant breeze blowing added to the challenge.
Route planning is already well advanced for next year's Kalahari Challenge and the exciting news is that we will be offering a Full and a Lite option.

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