He’s a highly sought-after international motivational speaker, extreme adventurer, TV presenter, youth developer, and author of the bestseller “The Great Run,” but most of all, he is a no-nonsense conservationist. Braam has an infectious energy that is fed by his life-long passion to protect the environment. He inspires countless others to do the same!
As an Honorary Ranger for South African National Parks (SANParks), he is involved in conservation and in training rangers for counter poaching operations. He co-founded the Table Mountain National Park’s Volunteer Firefighting Unit.
Braam has worked extensively as a youth developer, facilitating outdoor leadership camps where he teaches children about their place in nature as well as survival skills.
Through his guidance Braam empowers them to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. His mottos are: “the greatest gift in life is giving” and “nothing is impossible if you have big dreams”. In 2006 he put his convictions to the test when he and David Grier achieved a world first by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218km, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days.
This expedition funded the inaugural mission in South Africa for Operation Smile, an international charity organization providing corrective surgery for children born with cleft lip and cleft palate disfigurements.
After serious knee surgery and his doctors saying he’d never run again, in 2008 Braam and David completed another world first by running a “Smile around South Africa”, following the entire coastline from Namibia to Mozambique, a distance of 3278km.
Through these achievements, in excess of R2.5 million was raised for Operation Smile.
Then, in 2011/12, Braam and Peter van Kets raced 768km over 24 days, to the South Pole. The 100th-anniversary race commemorated Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen’s epic journeys in 1911/12. Only three teams finished, with Braam and Pete coming third and, in a show of tremendous camaraderie, assisting one of the British teams to the pole.
Braam has presented extensively on the SABC nature programme 50/50. In his series “Get Connected with Braam”, he motivates the audience to become aware of and appreciate the connection we all have with animals and our natural world.
As one of South Africa’s most sought-after motivational speakers, Braam leaves his audiences not only inspired, but also empowered to embrace change as a process to greater personal fulfillment.
Thank you for the amazing presentation you did for us at our recent conferences. 1200 people exploded from their seats in a roaring standing ovation. What you are contributing to the world is so significant and your humble delivery of your story won the hearts of our people.
You are an inspiration. Thank you. Read More
It has certainly been a hard event to pull off with various cultural barriers to overcome and I believe you did an exceptional job. Read More
Braam, your presentation this morning was utterly riveting and I know I speak for all in attendance here today. Read More
Braam Malherbe deserves more thanks – His presentation was like a movie – laughs, tears, drama, the whole shebang!! Read More
A few years ago I was invited to do a motivational talk to the XL Travel Group at Mauritius. Through my work, I meet interesting people that often become good friends. One of them is Nigel King (in the picture with me below). Nigel and his lovely wife Debra became part of my expedition team and have helped us a lot. I’m so delighted that XL Travel Group, Southern Africa came aboard as a Platinum sponsor of the DOT Challenge. XL Travel Group (www.xltravel.co.za) is a large consortium of independently owned travel agents who strive to innovate, embrace technology to enhance the client experience and deliver ‘Beyond the Ordinary’ service to corporate and leisure travelers. My motto is ‘Ordinary people can do Extraordinary things’ and I’m so happy and thankful for their support of our upcoming expedition. #xltravelnumberone #xltravelbeyondtheordinary #DOTChallenge ... See MoreSee Less