Salt Pans Ultra Marathon Botswana
The World's Toughest Flat Route Ultra
The Salt Pans Ultra Marathon is the toughest flat route race in the World.
In its fourth year, the Salt Pans Ultra is already being described as a bucket list ultra trail run. Presenting two distances with 50kms and 100kms races you can choose how much pain you want to take on. The routes are entirely on and around the epic, awe inspiring and humbling Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana/Africa, the second largest salt pans in the World.
The pans are the bed of an ancient mega lake from which some scientists believe early humankind started the first migrations North. While you gain little in elevation you will certainly be pushed to your mental and physical limits. There are few points of reference, no route markings, extreme temperatures, and plenty of time on your own to chat to your spiritual ancestors.
100 KM Ultra
The Salt Pans Ultra 100 race starts on the edge of Sua Pan beneath an escarpment that marks the ancient lake’s Southern shore line.
Your route takes you across the middle of the Pans where you marvel at your solitude. You will pass flamingo nesting sites and enjoy a rest at Kukonje Island. The last half of the route sees you weave from land to pans and back again as you run across a large spit that projects into the vast emptiness.
50 KM Ultra
The early morning start will allow runners to enjoy the amazing clarity of Botswana’s night sky. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, will be as clear as anywhere on earth so take the time to enjoy it. On the way to Check Point Bravo you will also marvel at the dawn of new day. The early morning light will unveil your surroundings and the vastness of your solitude.