Warrior500 is a unique, never-been-done-before challenge that will see two adventure-lovers traversing 500km on foot through some of South Africa’s most iconic landscapes.
The route is an epic round-trip of the UNESCO Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve; starting and ending at the Skukuza Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.
Simone and Grant will walk along the renowned Panorama Route with its magical waterfalls and magnificent views; they will drop into the largest green canyon on the planet, the Blyde River Canyon; they will pass through the beneficiary communities to engage with them and share their stories; and finally they will come face-to-face with Africa’s wildlife as they trek through big-five country to complete this ambitious loop. This mammoth journey begins on 02 July 2020 and will take them just 21 days to complete.
The purpose of the project is to raise R5 million for communities in the area who draw their livelihoods predominantly from the tourism and safari industries which were brought to an abrupt and complete halt due to COVID-19. Warrior500 has been designated as an official Nelson Mandela Month project. Proceeds will go to selected existing and sustainable community projects that are funded and managed by the lodges that are supporting this initiative. This will ensure that these projects will survive this storm and go on to support the communities for many years to come.
The initiative has garnered support from the Department of Tourism and SANParks, as well as several other tourism-related stakeholders in the area. The aim is to showcase the area as an exciting, world-class immersive travel destination and to entice visitors to explore the region once travel is able to resume.
Warrior500 has teamed up with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and their “Move The World Challenge”. Individuals can donate through this portal or sign up for the challenge and join Team Warrior500 in racking up the miles through Strava. All funds raised on the Warrior500 page will be split equally between the eight charitable entities of which the Laureus Sport for Good Response Fund is one. More information can be found on our Communities Page. Donors to Warrior500 stand a chance to win incredible prizes including luxury safari getaways offered by the lodges supporting the initiative.
The team have also invited a few inspirational South African personalities to join the cause. Along the way Simone and Grant will be joined for sections of the walk by legendary former Springbok Bryan Habana as well as South Africa’s very own mountaineering pioneers Sibusiso Vilane and Saray Khumalo.