Here we go again !!!!!!

The fourth edition of FirstRand Trans Africa is ready to roll out. Our overriding theme is for participants, be they riders or support crew, to do something of significance, in support of others who through circumstance cannot help themselves.

Take what is in your hand and stand in the gap for others.

The theme for the 2020 route is:

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. Something blue.

We always get asked which was the best Trans Africa, the toughest, the most scenic? The answer - all of them were great for different reasons. So to celebrate the last 3 editions, we are going to borrow parts of the last 3 routes, include some of our old overnight stops and introduce some new routes to conquer. The blue is the vast winter clear blue skies that we will experience whilst we go out into the wild blue yonder.

12 stages, 1 rest day, approximately 1150km’s of riding and 15000 metres of climbing awaits us.

After a two day drive via the Oude de Kraal near Bloemfontein, we deviate away from our tradition of starting at the coast. Starting from Prince Albert, we make our way up and over the iconic Swartberg pass down the other side and onto Calitzdorp.

Back over the black mountains to Victorian Matjiesfontein, an ascent up into the Karoo to Rogge Kloof, a descent of the technical Wall into the Tankwa and once again taking on the Gannaga pass.

A night at the eclectic Williston and a visit to the famous bookman of Bethulie.

Some border riding near Lesotho and then a driving experience through Lesotho to over 3000 metres before launching everyone down the technical Sani Pass into the green fields of Natal. Stage 9 will be the Queen stage in and out of the Creighton and Umko valleys, before a day of some single track heaven and a short ride home on the last day to our African village welcome.

Leaving Durban Saturday 9th May 2020 arriving back 23rd May 2020.

First Rand Group are on board with us once more as the title sponsor. They just loved what the riders and the team did last time. A Company who are passionate about the type of work we do at Ingane Yami and will be offering a massive incentive to the 3 riders who raise the most funds. As in 2018 they will double the money raised and add this to their already generous commitment.

Our theme again is framed around the words of the great Nelson Mandela

“…Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world…”

Our aim - to build an Education fund for the present and future needs of the children of Ingane Yami Children’s Village. After costs we raised over R 1,5 million last time out – can we do this again, if not more?

We are limiting the Adventure to 20 riders and 6 support crew in 6 vehicles. It is an all or nothing adventure, no half measurers.

The entry per rider is R 13,500. This will cover all meals and accommodation over the entire trip, plus transport and drinks during the ride. Items excluded are own drinks at the overnight accommodation, your own specialised riding drinks and bike spares & repairs.

An entry fee deposit of R 3,500 is required to secure your place, with the balance due by 31 October 2019, at which time entries will close. If we are oversubscribed then preference will first be given to previous entrants (most recent entrants first) and then on a first come first served basis. So get your entry in early.

The commitment you as a rider make by entering is to raise a minimum of R20,000 from donors. If you do not raise these funds you will be obliged to make up the shortfall to R 20,000. We will provide you with material and support to help you raise these funds.

Remember that all donor funds (excluding your entry fee) qualify for a Section 18a tax certificate, thus allowing donor funds to be offset against taxable income at the donor’s marginal tax rate.

If you are interested in participating and want to find out more then email us at or go to our website at Click on the MORE INFO tab and the ENTER the 2020 tab.

The FirstRand Trans Africa Team