A fat bike and mountain bike are not exactly the average vehicles of choice to tackle some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth. But that is how adventurer Peter van Kets and photojournalist Jacques Marais chose to cross the 1 200km uncharted wilderness between the Cunene river on the Angolan border and Swakopmund in Namibia.

On the way they were protected against the harsh sun and extreme climate by a range of technical outdoor apparel from Hi-Tec SA. Distributor Dragons Sport provided the Giant bicycles they used as transport. Their MTB tops were sponsored by Ciovita and Holdfast provided the rack systems and kit. The title sponsor of this journey and film is Dunlop tyres.


Van Kets’ journey along the inhospitable Skeleton Coast National Park started on September 4th at the Wilderness Safaris camp, Serra Cafema. Marais and their media/support team joined him on regular daily stages across the dunes, arid Namib, rugged Damaraland, past Brandberg and Spitzkoppe, before ending in Swakopmund two weeks later.

A film crew was on hand to record this Beyond the Desert Edge expedition, the first in a series of #BEYONDEXPEDITIONS adventures to be undertaken by Van Kets and Marais over the next four years. Each of these missions will aim to highlight specific regions under environmental threat.


“To me, Beyond the Desert Edge is more about natural exploration than about an ego-driven adventure”, says Van Kets. “Our route took us along the edge of an amazing and fragile natural world, and somehow we want to share this incredible journey with every interested party out there.”

In addition, they will fundraise through a range of channels for their official charity beneficiary, Children in the Wilderness, which educates kids in Southern Africa’s wild places. Both Van Kets and Marais are official ambassadors for #CITW, and their aim is to raise maximum awareness and funds for this charity organisation, focused on sustainable solutions for conservation in wilderness areas, through the ‘Beyond the Desert Edge’ expeditions. See more www.childreninthewilderness.com.