Riaan Manser

Riaan Manser

In the last five years Riaan Manser has re-written the definition of tenacity and become the epitome of determination. Riaan rose to prominence when he became the first person to cycle around the entire perimeter of Africa. For over two years, he pedalled a mammoth 37,000kms through 34 countries; some of which rank as the most dangerous places on Earth. It was a feat that earned him the title Adventurer of the Year 2006 and made his resulting book, ‘Around Africa on my bicycle’, a best-seller.

Riaan’s mammoth journey saw him imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea and being held captive by drugged teenage rebels in Liberia; on both occasions securing his own release through his amicable charm and exceptional powers of persuasion. To survive his journey Riaan also ate exotic dishes such as monkey, bat, camel and rat. And as if the cycling wasn’t enough he climbed Kilimanjaro and descended to the lowest point on the continent at Lake Assal.

Having watched Riaan’s story on television, Nelson Mandela personally requested a one-on-one meeting with Riaan, later saying it was, ‘a performance that will inspire the youth of the continent.’

The Explorer’s Club in New York - whose members are the first man to reach the North Pole, the first to reach the South Pole, the top of Everest, the deepest point in the ocean and the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Riaan to speak before its illustrious organisation.



In August 2008 Riaan set off on his second audacious expedition – circumnavigating Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, by kayak. Again, it is a solo and unaided challenge.

With an extended portfolio of engaging stories, photographs and video, Riaan is perfectly positioned to offer fresh and unique motivational talks at a time when the world is clamouring for inspiration. Riaan speaks passionately and humorously about his adventures, receiving accolades from all who attend his presentations.


Latest News:

April 11, 2011
South African Extreme Adventurer Riaan Manser and his expedition partner Dan Skinstad were featured in the “Mind and Body” section of The Times newspaper this morning. Manser and Skinstad expedition called “Around Iceland on Inspiration” is a Kayak paddle of a 5 000km circumnavigation of the ice cold northern hemisphere. Although Manser has a long list of tough expeditions under his belt, Skinstad is conquering his physical challenge with partial cerebral palsy on the journey.

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