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TRAVELLING TO KAEM

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) takes place in the vicinity of Augrabies which is situated 120km west of Upington in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

Giving you an idea of travel time, approximate distances between some of the main cities in South Africa and Augrabies are as follows:

Johannesburg to Augrabies – 900km
Cape Town to Augrabies – 870km
Durban to Augrabies – 1,300km
Port Elizabeth to Augrabies – 1,000km

1.  Flying to Upington and travelling onwards to Augrabies Falls National Park

Airlink is the only airline carrier that flies between Johannesburg and Cape Town to Upington.  You can book Airlink flights online or your travel agent can book these flights on your behalf either as part of your international air ticket or as separate tickets.

The following Airlink flights are available on 6 October 2022:

Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International) to Upington
SA AIRLINK (4Z761) – 07:10 JHB -> 8:40 UTN
SA AIRLINK (4Z769) – 15:34 JHB -> 17:15 UTN
Cape Town International to Upington
SA AIRLINK (4Z645) – 06:45 CPT – 08:05 UTN

The following return Airlink flights are available on 16 October 2022:

Upington to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International)
SA AIRLINK (4Z770) – 17:40 UTN -> 19:05 JHB

Please note: there is no direct return flight to Cape Town on 16 October 2022

(NB: The midday flights to and from Upington Airport have been cancelled)

Bus transfer from Upington Airport to Augrabies Falls will be arranged to coincide with the arrival flights as well as the Johannesburg departure flight.

After arrival, the KAEM BUS will depart from outside the terminal building after you have collected your luggage.

On 6 October 2022, the KAEM BUS will leave Upington Airport for Augrabies Falls at 9:00 in the morning and at 17:35 in the afternoon.

On 16 October 2022, the KAEM BUS will leave Augrabies Falls at the Park at 14:30, unless otherwise arranged.

Procedure to book the flights via the internet:

Should you have any questions or require advice with regards to the best travel and transfer options, please contact SImoné at simone@kaem.co.za or +27 83 709 8170. Should you need to fly and arrive earlier or depart a day later, we can arrange special transfer for you at an additional cost.

PLEASE remember it is compulsory to attend BRIEFING on Friday (7 October 2022) at 10:30 at Augrabies Falls Lodge.

Transfers to the Augrabies Falls National Park from Upington Airport

KAEM makes use of Ecobus, a local bus hire company in Augrabies for transfers between Upington Airport and Augrabies Falls. Depending on requirements, we may also arrange a Minibus.

The transfers cost ZAR350 each way (ZAR700 return) and this amount can be added onto your entry fee.  It is a 120km road trip and we have allocated 1hr30min for this trip.

Accommodation in Johannesburg

There are various options of accommodation in close proximity to OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg should you be arriving before 6 October 2022. For your convenience, book a hotel that has a shuttle service and a restaurant on the premises.

Various recommended airport hotels:

Accommodation in Cape Town

There are various options of accommodation in Cape Town depending on where you want to stay; i.e. at the Waterfront, in the City, at the beach.  For your convenience, book a hotel that has a shuttle service and restaurant facilities on the premises.

Accommodation options can be explored here: https://hotels.travelstart.com/

2.  Travelling by InterCape bus

The InterCape Bus Company offers bus transport from around South Africa.  You can purchase your ticket online at www.intercape.co.za

InterCape Bus

InterCape Depots

Johannesburg Depot – Intercape Office, Park City Transit Centre, Johannesburg Station
Cape Town Depot – Intercape Office, Unit 2, Old Marine Drive, Cape Town Station
Upington Depot – Intercape Office, Lutz Street
Kakamas Depot – Kalahari Gateway Hotel, Voortrekker Street

Transfers to and from the Augrabies Falls National Park from Kakamas

KAEM books transfers to and from Upington Airport via Kakamas to the Augrabies Falls National Park, with Ecobus, a local bus hire company in Augrabies. The bus will stop at the Kalahari Gateway Hotel in Kakamas to pick up and drop off participants traveling from and to Kakamas to Augrabies Falls National Park. These transfers cost R100 each way (R200 return) and this amount can be added onto your entry fee.  From Kakamas it is a 35km road trip and we have allocated 30min for this trip.

Kakamas / Augrabies Falls National Park:
In case you may choose to travel by bus to Kakamas, please contact Simoné at simone@kaem.co.za and inform her of your travel arrangements. Transfer will be arranged for you, if possible to coincide with the transfer from Upington Airport to Augrabies Falls and return.

 

3.  Travelling to Augrabies Falls National Park by car

You may travel to Augrabies Falls National Park by car, either directly to the Park or to Upington International Airport where you can make use of the KAEM bus travel option to Augrabies Falls National Park (please see option 1).

Car hire options can be explored here: http://cars.travelstart.co.za/#/searchcars