About us


Photo by Karl Andre Terblanche

Hi! Welcome to our page. We are delighted that you took the time and interest to click on this page, where we hope to tell you a little more of who we are and what we do.

I am Riana, the wife and mom, runner, free-lance writer and aviator. I practiced as environmental consultant in the Namib Desert for some years before our first boy was born in 2011. Since then I embarked on the career of a lifetime: accompanying our two free spirited boys as they discover this beautiful place we call earth. Our boys, Zee (7 years old) and Vee (3), stay at home with me while Nico, their daddy and my dear Hubs, work as consulting geologist almost all over the world. Apart from being a very successful exploration geologist, Nico is also an avid mountaineer that have scaled a number of unfathomably beautiful (and technical) mountains, and have also taken to trail running of late.

We spend much time at our tiny castle in beautiful Damaraland (Erongo region) on the edges of the small derelict mining town Uis, some 110 km east of Henties Bay. It is here that we fell in love with running on untamed trails in the shadows of Brandberg Mountain, ¬†within the Tsiseb Conservancy, where desert adapted rhino, elephant and lion are still roaming free and unfenced…. one of the last unspoiled Wildernesses. It is within this Wilderness that we again learned to roam free and to appreciate the value of truly living close to nature. It is our desire and our goal to help preserve our Wilderness, a small fraction of earth representative of all wild places and wild hearts across the globe, by raising awareness within our own home first as we teach our boys to live by example. Hopefully the ripples will also reach further and wider as we grow and learn and get to know all of our friends, also those whom we have still to meet.

With this page we hope to share and exchange a little with you, our friends and kindred spirits, of what we do and what we dream about. We LOVE travelling and practice it every which way we can, whether it is for Nico’s work, for mountaineering or running races in new and beautiful far-off places or just getting airborne locally in a little Cessna for a short scenic flip around Namibia – we love to Touch and Go! We also like to get our friends and fellow runners to Touch and Go, which is why we organise running and cycling events in beautiful places as fundraising and awareness raising campaigns for wildlife conservation.

If you like what you see and you want to connect, support or get involved, we would love to hear from you!