On Saturday 29th October 2016, over 35 Madswimmers will take to the shores of Lake Malawi, to swim 28kms from North to South.


The swim covers the lake from Makanjila Point to Senga Bay – through crocodile and hippo infested waters – all in the name of charity, to raise funds for two South African charities.

The team, made up of a group of committed, hardworking professionals, will leave for Malawi on Thursday – they will camp on the shores of the Lake on Friday and set out for the swim at sunrise on the 29th October. The crossing is estimated to take around 9 hours shore to shore.

While there are no official qualification standards for this swim, each team member must be able to spend 45 minutes in open water without support, and needs to be able to swim at a pool pace of less than 2 minutes / 100m.

Challenges – Crocs, hippos, bilharzia and malaria are just a few of the potential dangers that await the Madswimmer team.

Charity – The team will be raising funds for two local SA charities – The Geleendheid Trust and The Teddy Bear Clinic

Madswimmer is a South African non-profit company that was founded by Jean Craven in 2009. Since its inception, Madswimmer has successfully completed all 6 recognised intercontinental swims as well as various other open water swims – all in aid of charity. They have raised nearly S500000 USD for charitable causes – all intended to inspire hope and enable opportunity inn South African children’s lives

On 5 December last year, Madswimmer broke the world record of the highest altitude swim on Mt Tres Cruces in Chile swimming in 1°C water at an altitude of 5915m above sea level, raising over USD150000 for 11 charities in SA.

This year, they hope to complete their Hi-Lo Challenge, swimming 16.5kms across the Dead Sea at 430ms below sea level. The lowest swim in the world, on the 15 November 2016.

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Sources: MadSwimmer SA

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