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The Desert Ultra

Quick facts

Location Namibia

Distance Ultra marathon - 220km

About The Desert Ultra

A 250km race split into 5 stages of sand dunes, dry river beds and baking scrubland in the shadow of rocky, martian mountains.

Runners should expect sweltering heat in the long days and freezing nights.  There may be periods running in darkness, following a marked route by head torch, under skies free of light pollution and filled with stars.

As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 2.5 litres of water which can be re-filled at checkpoints along the stages.  You’ll need some specialist gear to take on the world’s oldest desert.

This is the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world, a vast region of Southern Africa which has been dry for more than 50 million years.  Day time temperatures at this time of year reach 35 degrees but as night begins to fall, and the sunset turns the landscape into something otherworldly, the temperatures can drop to freezing.

You’re standing in baking heat and dust, surrounded on all sides by sand and scrubland.  The Spitskoppe Mountains loom over you, bare rock rising nearly 2 kilometres from the desert floor.  You’re a dot on the landscape as you stand on a trail that winds it’s way through the rocky ground around you and off into sand dunes that shimmer in the heat haze on the horizon.


Desert Ultra

  • 250km



Shared accommodation at Base Camp (tents).

After Race Services

After-party and overnight hotel stay before departure for onward journey home.

Aid Stations

It is the individual competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they carry sufficient food and water carrying capacity for the duration of the race. There are Checkpoints (CP’s) between 10 and 15km apart with water and aid located at each one. Every competitor must pass and register at each CP, failing to do so will result in instant disqualification.

Award Medals

Custom designed finishers medal.

Equipment Storage

Transfer of luggage and storage of luggage during the race.

Maximum Time

6 days


Water before, during and after your race, and food after you have crossed the finish line


Transfer from airport to Base Camp.


Namib Desert

Spitzkoppe, Namibia


Namib Desert

Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp, Brandberg West Mine, Namibia


Spitskoppe Mountains

Ugab River


Beginning close to the magnificent Spitskoppe Mountains, you will experience the hostile nature of the Desert as yu travel 98km during the first two stages alone. As the race progresses you will travel through stretching grasslands, push your leg muscles as you face relentless rolling sand dunes and cross the Ugab River, an underground river flowing above the surface only a few days a year, all to the majestic background of a volcano and mountain ranges.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.