Race Information

Think you have what it takes to walk 100 miles in 24 hours?

Join a band of walkers from across the world as they join forces to walk 100 miles in 24 hours as a symbol of togetherness and perseverance in the first ever African Centurion Walk.

Planet Concepts is bringing the inaugural African Centurion to Robben Island – the South African Alcatraz that became the most infamous prison for anti-apartheid activists – on 22 October. Go the full gruelling distance by yourself and you’ll be awarded a never-to-be-repeated Centurion walker number that’ll stay yours for life.

This is the only chance you’ll ever have to get an extraordinarily coveted single-digit Centurion number.

Vital Information

African Centurion Solo: Walk 100 miles (160km) in 24 hours

African CenturionTeam Relay: Walk 100 miles (160km) in 24 hours between 4 team members.
Teams can manage each member's walking distances according to individual fitness levels.

When: 9am from Saturday 22 October to 2pm on Sunday 23 October

Where: Robben Island, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Departing from: The Nelson Mandela Gateway To Robben Island at the V&A Waterfront

The Experience

Set on Robben Island, the African Centurion is a rich, affecting journey through the most famous exemplar of South Africa’s brutal yet triumphant recent history. It’s the perfect opportunity to come together in celebration while contributing to an extraordinary charity.

It all starts the moment you set foot on the ferry to the island at 9am on Saturday 22 October: on arrival, you’ll get a welcome pack and a tour of the infamous prison complex before the walk gets going at 12pm. Twenty-four hours of walking will take you through an incredibly rare opportunity to spend a night on the island. When the ferry makes for Cape Town at 2pm the next day, you’ll leave knowing you were part of something truly special.

The event extends far beyond the walk, too, with massage stations, food, entertainment and way more to keep supporters feeling like the honoured guests they are.

The Route

Your first circuit will take in around 6.8 miles (11km) of Robben Island’s incredible scenery, including a sweeping stretch of wild Atlantic coastline. Thereafter you’ll settle into a 4.4 mile (7km) loop that wends through forested ground and the village housing those who work on the island.

Except for a 200m saunter over a gravel-covered airstrip, the route is entirely tarred. It’s mostly flat, too, except for a mild incline where the road crosses the island. Support stations will keep walkers refreshed and offer first aid if required.

Route for first circuit: 11 km | 6.8 miles

Start to Support 1: 1.5km | 0.9miles
Support 1 to Support 2: 4.1km | 5.2miles
Support 2 to Support 1: 2.8km | 1.6miles
Support 1 to Support 1: 2.6km | 1.6miles
Route for remaining circuits: 7 km | 4.4 miles

Support 1 to Support 2: 1.7km | 1mile
Support 2 to Support 1k: 2.8km | 1.6miles
Support 1 to Support 1: 2.6km | 1.6miles

The Packages

African Centurion Solo Walk – R1 410 (local) | R1 910 (international)

  • 1 × return ferry ride
  • 1 × Robben Island tour
  • 1 × walk entry
  • 1 × timing band
  • 1 × welcome pack

African Centurion Relay Walk – R1 410 per person (local) | R1 910 per person (international)

  • 4 × return ferry rides
  • 4 × Robben Island tours
  • 4 × walk entries
  • 4 × timing bands
  • 4 × welcome packs

Spectator Pass – R860 (local and international)

  • 1 × return ferry ride
  • 1 × Robben Island tour
  • 1 × welcome pack

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be anywhere to rest?

A number of rest areas will be set up throughout the main event area; a 70-bed dormitory is also present on the island.

What should I bring with me?

We recommend bringing: high-SPF sunblock; clothing for both warm and cold weather; a hat; sunglasses; a space blanket; and a headlamp. Support packages containing essentials such as sunblock and a space blanket will be available on the island.

What is the walking surface like?

Aside from a 200m stretch of airstrip, the road surface reserved for Centurion walkers is tarred and smooth. It’s mostly flat, too, aside from a mild incline where the route crosses the island.

How does the relay work?

Now, instead of splitting the walk equally into 25 miles per person, your team can divide the distance however you please..

Are there any prizes?

That depends on what you mean by ‘prize’. Every walker gets a medal – but if you do the full Centurion by yourself, you’ll get a one-time-only number with massive prestige points. There’s fierce competition for the top 10 spots, because those numbers will never be issued again.

Can I bring family and friends with me?

Indeed you can; have a look at the Packages section above to find out more.

Can I replace a relay-team member if one drops out?

Yes, absolutely – just make sure you keep us up to date with any changes to your team.

What sort of picture should I upload for my profile?

Upload a portrait shot focusing on your face; if you have a sporty profile picture, so much the better.

What sort of picture should I upload for my profile?

Upload a portrait shot focusing on your face; if you have a sporty profile picture, so much the better.

What happens if the weather’s terrible?

Access to the island is unfortunately dependant on the weather – but thankfully October is among the milder months on the Cape Town calendar. If conditions do interfere, we’ll arrange an alternative venue on the mainland.