The Experience

Walking 100 miles (±160 km) in 24 hours is not an everyday achievement, 

but a challenge that only a few in the world can achieve.


The African Centurion, brought to you by Old Mutual, will be hosted on Robben Island in Cape Town, South Africa on the 20 & 21 October 2018. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a significant landmark in South Africa’s recent history, and we invite you to take part in the third annual instalment of this internationally recognised event. This will be the last year that the event will be hosted on the island, so it is a truly momentous occasion.

This year’s African Centurion also coincides with what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday, making the location of the event that much more powerful and significant. African Centurion champions the spirit of Ubuntu (the Nguni Bantu term that encapsulates the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity) and all that Madiba stood for and has also therefore selected to donate 10% of all sponsorship raised this year to the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.       

The initiative started in Britain in 1911 and has since taken place in several other countries, including Australia, Malaysia, the UK, the USA and the Netherlands, with the aim of bringing people from all walks of life together and use walking as the medium.

Entrants have 24 hours to complete a distance of 100 miles and can enter solo, or as a relay team of two or four, with the South African event being the only one to offer this option. Several support stations will be set up along the route for the walkers and supporters are welcome to join the event.

It all starts the moment you set foot on the ferry to the island: on arrival, you’ll get a welcome pack and a tour of the infamous prison complex (optional), before the walk gets going at 12 pm.

Robben Island is a complex, sensitive eco-system which includes Birdlife, Natural Vegetation, Marine and Wildlife, Geology and Cultural Conservation sites. The walk through the island as well as the opportunity to spend the night, is a true privilege and a rare experience not available to the general public.

When the ferry makes for Cape Town at 2 pm the next day, you’ll leave knowing you were part of something truly special and had the opportunity to experience the heritage of Robben Island and also participate in the only African Centurion on the continent.

Below is some of what the 2017 walkers had to say…