Multi-Stage Race

100 KM / 3 DAY

FRESHPAK Salt Pans Ultra Marathon

100 km Ultra Trail Marathon in Botswana

The Freshpak Salt Pans Ultra Trail Marathon 2020 is a unique 3 day Ultra Trail Run on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.
Sua Pan, the Eastern of three salt pans situated in the middle of the dry savanna of North-Eastern Botswana, is one of the largest salt flats in the world.
A recent scientific study has identified the Pans area as the place from which all modern mankind originates. A single tribe of modern man established themselves here for 70,000 years before migrating North and South 130,00 years ago. All those years ago the area was a huge vast fertile wet and lake area. It was this Northern migration from the Sua Pans Great Lake area that saw the start of mankind’s colonisation of the World.
The pans are also home to Africa’s only breeding ground of the Greater Flamingo and are the location of Wilbur Smith’s famous novel “The Sunbird”.
The pans are striking in their beauty however the harsh environment of the pans will make conditions on race day anyone’s guess. Late rains may make the pans muddy and wet, and hot winds whip up sand and slow progress, and the headache inducing snow white sand of the pans glares in the sun. October is known as suicide month due to the sudden run Northwards of the mercury on temperature gauges, after the brief cool, winter respite. Be prepared for anything.
At night the stars reach down and caress the horizon. The Milky Way (Botswana’s equivalent of the Northern lights) is as clear to the naked eye here as anywhere else on Earth and shooting stars are bright and sudden. The sunsets and sunrises amaze and the complete solitude forces introspection.

Welcome to Botswana’s first Ultra Marathon

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Entries 2020 Open

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100km route

The 3 days will cover between 100 - 110kms in the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The race will see athletes running through the middle of pans where for long periods of time you won’t see land. Our base camp will be on Kokonje Island, a beautiful island on the Eastern part of the Sua Pans.

Below is the planned route which may see changes depending on the weather and in particular rain all over the next few months.
Salt Pans Ultra 19 Day 2
Salt Pans Ultra 2020 / Day 2
Salt Pans Ultra 19 Day 1
Salt Pans Ultra 2020 / Day 1
Salt Pans Ultra 19 Day 3
Salt Pans Ultra 2020 / Day 3


Registration is open

Race Logistics

The race itself is self supporting but when in camp, you are full catered

Medical Suport

We provide medical support throughout the race


We provide resting points with food and drinks



arrive at Kokonje Island Base Camp for sign in and equipment/nutrition inspection. Pitch tents if bringing own.

official opening

race introduction and race brief

race preparation

prep for night run

start of day 1

12 km sunset run around Kokonje Island.


pasta supper

from 04:30

reveille and breakfast

start of day 2

52 km run from Kukonje Island to Mosu Village

12:00 to 17:00
race finish

snacks and showers available / relaxing at the camp

cut off time

latest arrival for runners


supper / preparation of day 3

from 04.30

reveille and breakfast

start of day 3

36 km back to our main camp

cut off time

latest arrival at the base camp

12:00 to 14:00

lunch for all runners and guests

14:00 to 16:00

relaxed time at the camp

prize giving

announcement of the winners men/women


beers, braai and boogie

07:00 to 09:00

breakfast for all participants

official end of the race 2019


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