The Defender Trophy had humble beginnings as a three night Land Rover Defender enthusiast event, in 2004. Over the years the Trophy grew in popularity and developed into a competition with big prizes, until the last one was held in 2014.
However, a number of original participants were determined not to allow the spirit of this great event fade into oblivion. They contacted Johan Kriek, founder of the Defender Trophy and persuaded him to bring the event back in its original format. . .and so it is with great enthusiasm that the 2016 Defender Trophy was launched. This is not a competition, but an adventure for like-minded Land Rover Defender enthusiasts.
“There will be some challenges along the route but it is not a competition”, said Kriek, “anybody with a standard Defender will be able to do it without damaging their vehicle.”
29 Sep – 02 Oct 2016 – Limpopo, South Africa
R5000 per vehicle, based on two participants per vehicle
Thursday 29 September
– All participants leave and drive in their own time to meet up at the starting point close to the Penge mine on the Olifants river – penalties for late arrivals.
– Leave in convoy to cross the Olifants river, and drive into the mountains to the first overnight spot.
– Camping with limited ablutions
– Self catering
Friday 30 September
– Leave in convoy and drive down the Drakensberg escarpment to a Big 5 Reserve close to Phalaborwa.
– Camping wild in Big 5 territory (you must be totally self sufficient)
– Self catering
Saturday 01 October
– Depart Big5 Nature Reserve, and navigate with GPS via the Klein Letaba river to the last overnight spot – Baleni camp on the African Ivory Route.
– Camping with ablutions
– Dinner (included)
Sunday 02 October
– Breakfast (self catering)
– Prize giving
– Depart in own time