Ultra AFRICA Race
12 – 16 November 2023
Discover Mozambique, hidden treasure of southern Africa
The Ultra AFRICA Race will take place in Southern Mozambique, in the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane. The route will take you from the shores of Lake Nhambavale to Jangamo Beach. You will discover coconut trees forests, lakes and numerous villages nestled in the dunes facing the ocean. Moreover, the itinerary will allow you to discover Mozambique’s long white sandy beaches.
220 km at the gateway to the Indian Ocean
The Ultra AFRICA Race is a 220 km foot race in 5 stages, with 3600 meters of positive elevation in food self-Sufficiency. Each competitor must carry a backpack containing the compulsory equipment, food and personal equipment.
Participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers and indications of the map given before the race. There are checkpoints located at regular intervals. Every night a bivouac is organized by our team. A technical support and a medical team are present during the whole event.
Competitors who cannot respect the limit time (10 hours per stage), can stay in the race. They will be classified according to the kilometers they ran during the event.
Save thes dates
Friday 10 November 2023
- 8:30 am: Appointment at the Pestana Rovuma Hotel in Maputo
- 9 am: Transfer from Maputo to Chidenguele (7 hours drive)
- 4 pm: Check-in at the Nhambavale Lodge
- 7pm: Dinner together & overnight at the lodge
Saturday 11 November 2023
- 8 am: Breakfast all together at the lodge
- 10 am: Administrative, technical and medical checks
- 1 pm: Lunch all together and free afternoon
- 6 pm: Pre-race briefing
- 7 pm: Dinner together & overnight at the lodge
Sunday 12 November 2023
Stage 1: 38 km / 657 mD+ / 618 mD- / 10 hours
Monday 13 November 2023
Stage 2: 37 km / 794 mD+ / 821 mD- / 10 hours
Thursday 14 November 2023
Stage 3: 45 km / 803 mD+ / 815 mD- / 10 hours
Wednesday 15 November 2023
Stage 4: 53 km / 807 mD+ / 774 mD- / 10 hours
Thursday 16 November 2023
Stage 5: 47 km / 591 mD+ / 657 mD- / 10 hours
Check-in at the hotel on the afternoon
7 pm: Dinner & overnight at the hotel
Friday 17 November 2023
- 8 am: Breakfast all together at the hotel
- 11 am: Award ceremony, lunch & free afternoon
- 7 pm: Dinner together & overnight at the hotel
Saturday 18 November 2023
- 7:30 am: Breakfast at the hotel
- 9 am: Transfer from Jangamo to Maputo (9 hours drive)
⇒ PESTANA ROVUMA HOTEL
Address: Rua da Sé n°114, 4376 Maputo.
Phone number: (+25) 88 46 09 07 43
⇒ Maputo International Airport
(Code AITA : MPM, Code OACI : FQMA)
Send us a message specifying the race (s) from which you wish to receive Event Information. This document includes the itinerary of the event, the list of compulsory equipment and information to sign-up.
Frequently asked questions
What equipment are compulsory to participate in the Ultra AFRICA Race?
During the pre-race checks, each participant must present the following equipment:
- Backpack x1
- Sleeping bag x1
- Lighter x1
- Compass x1
- Knife (blade: 3,5 cm minimum) x1
- Mirror (at least 6 cm of diameter) x1
- Whistle x1
- Survival blanket x1
- Headlamp x1
- Additional batteries x4 (or a second headlamp)
- Utensils to cook x1
- Solid fuel tablets x10
- Medical pocket for the first aid x1
- Salt tablets or similar x20
- Water bidons of 1 liter x2 (or similar)
Highly recommended equipment:
- Mattress x1
- Gaiters x1
- Additional clothes
- Cap x1
- Flip flop x1
How much food should we have for the competition?
Each entrant must provide his/her own food for 5 days. Each competitor must have 2 000k/calories per day, that is to say a minimum of 10 000k/calories, otherwise he/she will be penalized. Gas stoves are strictly forbidden.
How will I be able to orient myself on the course?
Participants must imperatively follow the course provided by the organization under penalty of penalty. The course will be marked by the organization team. In addition, before departure, participants will have a map with the route, distances, directions to follow as well as the particularities of the course. The absence of a card during the event will result in a penalty.
When will we have water during the competition?
Participants receive water at checkpoints (1 or 2 checkpoints per stage), morning and evening at the bivouac. It is imperative to have your bidons (compulsory equipment) because we do not give bottles. In addition, we do not distribute hot water.
What are the temperatures in Mozambique in November?
Theoretical temperatures at the beginning of November are between 20 and 30 °C during the day and 10 and 20 °C at night.
How will we be accommodated during the event?
During the race the participants sleep in tents, two people per tent.
How to join the group in Maputo?
Registration fees do not include air tickets. Participants must individually manage transport (plane and airport transfer) to reach the meeting point with the group. Participants must be on Friday November 10 at 8.30am at Pestana Rovuma Hotel, Rua da Sé n°114, 4376 Maputo. We advise you to arrive on November 9.
How do I validate my registration?
To register for the Ultra AFRICA Race, we ask you to send us the registration form duly completed and signed. This document can be sent by mail or email. You must also send us a copy of your passport, a repatriation insurance certificate. Finally, to confirm your registration, you must pay the deposit. -> Entry fees details
What is the deadline to register?
There is no deadline to register for the Ultra AFRICA Race but there are limited number of places available.