The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) is an adventurous and extreme, multi-stage marathon. It takes place in the breath-taking landscape of South Africa’s “Green Kalahari”, annually in October. Founded in the year 2000, KAEM is now in its 18th year.
This extreme multi-stage marathon and sports event is a 7 day, 6 stage, self-sufficient foot race. It covers an approximate total distance of 250km. Known as the ‘Big Daddy’ in the South African running fraternity, KAEM is one of the most prominent extreme marathons on the International Trail Running calendar.
KAEM takes place in the Kalahari Desert in the proximity of the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The route traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park, Daberas and private farmlands. This unique and contrasting environment presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer alike.