Braam Malherbe

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Braam Malherbe

Adventurer, Conservationist, Philanthropist and Motivational Speaker who says that if you dream big, plan well and take risks – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE
Braam is a  highly sought-after international motivational speaker, extreme adventurer, TV presenter, youth developer, and author of the bestseller “The Great Run,” but most of all, he is a no-nonsense conservationist. Braam has an infectious energy that is fed by his life-long passion to protect the environment. He inspires countless others to do the same!
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In 2011 Pete Van Kets and Braam Malherbe, both proven endurance adventurers, were asked to represent South Africa in a once-in-a-lifetime event; an unassisted race to the South Pole at approximately 83 degrees south, a distance of 768kms. They would be man-hauling sleds weighing around 85kgs each, and be at an average temperature of -45 degrees Celsius with high winds.

They raced six other teams to the South Pole to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen’s epic journeys in 1911/12. Only three teams finished, with Braam and Pete coming third and, in a show of tremendous camaraderie, assisting one of the British teams to the pole.

Length of expedition: 888km, including a 120km acclimatisation trek and the 768km unaided race
Duration of expedition: 40 days
Duration of race: 24 days




In 2008 Braam and David Greer accepted a challenge from Cipla’s Miles for Smiles Foundation to “Run A Smile” around the tip of Africa, from Oranjemund via Cape Town to Ponte d’Oro in Mozambique, a distance of 3300km. Having successfully completed the Foundation’s first challenge in 2006 of becoming the first people in history to run the length of the Great Wall of China non-stop, Grier and Malherbe couldn’t resist the challenge of running an estimated 4000km non-stop, from Oranjemund in Namibia via Cape Town in South Africa to Ponto d’Oro in Mozambique.




In 2006 Braam completed a world-first when he ran 4200km along the entire length of the Great Wall of China in a single attempt. This translated to running an average of 43km per day (more than a marathon a day), six days a week for over a hundred days. Professionals had said it was physically impossible.

After completing the journey, Braam underwent extensive knee surgery. His doctor’s said he would never run again. He again proved the experts wrong by running 3300km around the foot of Africa from Namibia to Mozambique. As with the China expedition, he averaged over a marathon a day.

“What these guys are going to attempt is physically impossible”. – Professor Tim Noakes of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa



DOTBraam’s next extreme adventure with Peter van Kets will be the 2016 “DOT Earth Challenge” –  a 15-month circumnavigation of the globe along the Tropic of Capricorn, using only non-motorised means. This will probably be the hardest trip these extraordinary adventurers undertake. It is a global expedition intended to raise awareness about the environmental challenges facing our planet. Moreover, Braam and Pete aim to rally a critical mass of a billion children around the world to hold adults accountable for the wholesale destruction of our natural resources.

“We, as adults, have committed the single greatest crime against humanity by almost exhausting the resources of a finite earth, we have seriously compromised our children’s future. The DOT Earth Challenge aims to put this right.”

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