Earth Hour 2019

The WWF South Africa Earth Hour Adventure proudly sponsored by Virgin Active SA is nearly here! On 30 March this year,  trail runners are invited to connect to our precious planet doing what they love most, after dark and with fellow earth-conscious citizens!


Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. From pushing for environmentally-friendly laws and policies to crowdfunding for a better future, YOU make Earth Hour possible. Coordinated by WWF and other volunteer organisations, Earth Hour’s greatest strength is the power of people. As accelerating climate change and staggering biodiversity loss threaten our planet, Earth Hour 2018-2020 endeavours to spark never-before-had conversations on the loss of nature and the urgent need to protect it.

Get into the spirit of Earth Hour 2019 with family or friends by participating in an orienteering-style adventure dash through two of South Africa’s most beautiful national botanical gardens.

Following on two successive years of successful Earth Hour Adventure ‘dashes’, WWF in partnership with Wildrunner, will again be hosting Earth Hour Adventure events at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town and, for the first time this year, in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

The events, which are particularly popular with families, will kick off at 6pm on 30 March 2019. Participants will navigate their way by headlamps to hidden checkpoints dotted across an approximately 5km course through the gardens.

After all the action, everyone is encouraged to spread a picnic blanket on the lawns and enjoy entertainment under the stars while marking actual Earth Hour (20:30 - 21:30) , basking in the knowledge you’ve done your bit for nature – and had some fun in the process!

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa