Conservation of habitat and species at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve runs in the blood of all our staff. Recently two of our Sanbona APU scouts (anti-poaching unit) volunteered to participate in a gruelling 50-mile extreme marathon race, all in aid of raising awareness for rhino’s and poaching crises currently affecting all regions within Southern Africa.

Mac Mac Ultra is an extreme athletes race held in a historical area in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa and the site of the country’s earliest gold rush. It is an event hosted by Fresh Trails. Athletes run on challenging trails and can choose to do 100 miles, 50 miles or 46 kilometres through beautiful but extreme terrains.

The Sanbona family was proud to see Raymond Mentoor and Mondray Edwardes finish with an incredible rate time of 18:15:39 and 18:19:05 respectively.

This was a great collaboration with our sister property Jock Safari Lodge, located in the Kruger National Park, coming on board to sponsor a check point to refuel and motivate all the dedicated athletes. Under the leadership of David van Zyl, Jock was awarded “Best Checkpoint” of the event. We are not surprised, offering legendary experiences runs in their blood too.

Sanbona and Jock also offered the winners of the ultra-extreme 100 mile race the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved 2-night stay at both of our properties to recuperate. We would like to congratulate Ruan van der Merwe and Nicky Booyens on winning this incredible prize.

Under the ownership of a conservation focused organisation, the Caleo Foundation  was excited to be a part of raising awareness for our wildlife, sponsoring the athlete clothing, flights, transfers and accommodation. Small steps can make a difference and we salute our scouts who ran for more than 18 hours just to highlight this importance of preservation. Fresh Trails also waived the race entry fees for the runners.

After the race, Mondray and Raymond headed to Jock Safari Lodge, to team up with rangers working in the Intensive Protection Zone around the Jock concession in the Kruger National Park.  Sharing knowledge and learning from one another help both reserves protect wildlife more effectively.

 Mondray Edwardes

Raymond Mentoor

Julie Bryden

Jock Safari Lodge’s “Best Checkpoint” of the event.

One of the beautiful but grueling mountain routes.

Well deserved celebrations after the race.