Click to Download Digital Brochure

2018 Gallery

2019 Women's Day Gallery

Trek4Mandela is an annual expedition to summit Africa’s highest peak on Mandela Day, 18 July.  The 2020 Expedition has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be held in 2021

The expedition was established by innovative social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Richard Mabaso and is led by renowned South African adventurer and motivational speaker, Sibusiso Vilane – the first black African to conquer the three Poles challenge: South Pole, North Pole and Mount Everest.

Trek4Mandela brings together inspired individuals from corporate and public backgrounds to assist in raising funds and creating awareness for the Caring4Girls programme. Research  has revealed that girls from poor backgrounds could miss up to 50 days of school each year due to menstrual related challenges. According to UNICEF girls’ education and empowerment literally  saves millions of lives. More educated women tend to be healthier, work and earn more income, have fewer children, and provide better health care and education to their children.

Mandela Centenary Year

The 2019 Treks have continued to celebrate Madiba’s Centenary Year with two successful summit groups.

2019 Summit days:
18th July to celebrate Mandela Day.
09 August  LexisNexis Thuli Madonsela Executive Climb, themed “Climb for Dignity & Social Justice”, to commemorate Women’s Day.

Trek4Mandela 2020 and Beyond

In celebration of the success of the past Trek4Mandela Expeditions, the Imbumba Foundation in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is proud to announce a bespoke 3-year series of Trek4Mandela campaigns:
2021: The Rainbow Nation Climb, themed Unity in Diversity;
2022: Two Expeditions: The Africa Day CEO’s Challenge and the Annual Mandela Day Expedition;
2023: 10th Year Anniversary Expedition

Unfortunately the 2020 Expedition had to be moved forward to 2021 due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic.

TREK4MANDELA 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be held in 2021

“It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.” Nelson Mandela

 UNITY IN DIVERSITY and building a RAINBOW NATION were some of Nelson Mandela’s key visions for the new South Africa, post-apartheid era.  In recognition of these beautiful concepts, the Imbumba Foundation, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will be hosting an exciting, new version of our usual Trek4Mandela Kilimanjaro expeditions in 2021, which will be the first of its kind.

2021 Expedition goals:
  • To ascend Kilimanjaro with different teams along all 6 routes, to summit Uhuru Peak together on at the same time on Mandela Day, July 18th.
  • Our usual route, Marangu, will remain the main route for the expedition and will be the only route along which we will accommodate up to 27 climbers.
  • All first-time trekkers will be using the Marangu route, led by Expedition Leader: Sibusiso Vilane.
  • The other 5 routes will be exclusively offered to past Trek4Mandela climbers by invitation only, with 7 – 10 climbers per route.
  • Each team will be wearing a colour representing one of the colours of the South African National flag.
  • We call on Corporate Partners to own one of the routes/colours through branding and sponsorship
  • The theme of the climb is to entrench Madiba’s vision of the Rainbow Nation and Unity in Diversity.
  • Following her successful summit on Women’s Day 2019, for the promotion of Dignity and Social Justice for all South African’s, former South African Public Protector and Humanitarian, Professor Thuli Madonsela has committed to partaking the 2021 Climb for Unity in Diversity.
  • Through the 2021 Expedition we hope to reach 1,000,000 girl learners through the Caring4Girls programme: (100,000 girl learners from each of the 9 South African provinces, 50,000 girl learners from Tanzania and a further 50,000 from Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana).
  • This will be a first of its kind expedition and eligible for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Our goal is to provide monthly menstrual support and effective hygiene and health education, to ensure the development and growth of thousands of young South African and African women. Our ultimate goal is to reach two million girls by 2020. Individuals can support the climbers by sending an SMS with the name “GIRLCHILD” to 42513 to make a pledge of R30.