How the money you raise helps
£180 pays for a Marie Curie Nurse to look after someone with a terminal illness overnight in their own home
£350 pays for five people to attend day therapy at a Marie Curie Hospice. They'll have access to emotional support and many different activities.
£400 pays for someone to stay in a Marie Curie Hospice for 24 hours, so they can recieve the care they need.
Who can take part?
Anyone over the age of 18 who is looking for a challenge is able to take part. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
How fit do I need to be?
This is a strenuous challenge and you will need to train hard to succeed. All our challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure.
Will I need specialist kit?
We'll send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Personal spending money
What will we eat and drink?
Clean water is provided throughout the trip. All meals are provided on the challenge and will include lots of carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes, along with cereals, bread, fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs, plus some meat. There will be vegetarian options at every meal. Feel free to bring a few of your favourite snacks too. Please let us know in advance about any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
Diptheria and Hepatitis A are advisable and tetanus and polio vaccinations should be up to date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP before you travel.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other participants and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a qualified medic and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage is transported by vehicle to each night’s accommodation.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,450. After tour operating costs, a minimum of 2,000* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the tour operating costs yourself please contact us on 0845 052 4184 for further information.
*Based on minimum participant numbers.
What will the weather be like?
In September, the weather in South Africa will be warm during the day - around 20-25 degrees, with chances of cold spells and rain in the evenings. Mountain weather is unpredictable and we would advise participants to come prepared for all conditions.
Passports and visas
Participant’s passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return to the UK. British passport holders visiting South Africa for tourism for a period of up to 90 days do not require a visa.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so by contacting World Expeditions. Extension of your stay is subject to additional costs and dependent on availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, World Expeditions, who will provide guidelines on responsible tourism.