Braam Malherbe – Keynote Speaker

Extreme Adventurer and Conservationist

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Specialist Subjects

  • Motivation
  • Environment
  • Leadership
  • Climate Change
  • Performance


  • English


Braam Malherbe is an eco-warrior and survivor of numerous extreme world-first adventures. He possesses a life-long passion to protect the environment and inspire change.


In 1974, at age 17, Malherbe ran from Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town to raise funds and awareness regarding the potential destruction of species in the Langebaan Lagoon where construction was being planned. He succeeded in ensuring an Environmental Impact Assessment was conducted to prevent certain marine species from potentially going extinct.


In 2006 Malherbe, together with a running partner David Grier, accomplished a world first by running 4,200 km along the entire length of the Great Wall of China in a single attempt. This translated into running an average of more than a full marathon a day for 98 days. In 2008 Malherbe and Grier achieved a second world-first by running the entire coastline of South Africa, a distance of over 3,200 km.


In 2011 Malherbe, and his race partner Peter van Ketz represented South Africa in an unassisted race against the clock to the South Pole, a distance of 888 km, which they covered in 24 days. They did this while man-hauling sleds weighing around 85 kg each, with high winds and an average temperature of -45° C. This expedition was to highlight the problems we face as a result of climate change.


On 9 May 2017, Malherbe achieved his third world-first. Together with his rowing partner Wayne Robertson he rowed a 6.8m rowing boat 8 100kms from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro in 92 days. The pair rowed in continuous two-hourly shifts, with one rowing while the other made water and food and tried to sleep. The journey was fraught with problems, such as being capsized four times, 40 foot breaking swells and being submerged for five minutes to name a few.

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