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Kontiki is an annual competition run in the Gauteng and Western Cape regions, where scout troops build a raft from drums, rope and poles using pioneering first principles. A patrol or team will stay on the raft for 24 hours and complete challenges. Scouts that assisted in raft construction but are not part of the raft team form fringe teams that take part in separate activities while the raft is afloat.

The Kon-Tiki competition is named after Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 expedition from Peru to the Tuamotu Islands.

The first Kon-Tiki scout competition took place in Cape Town in 1978 where is has become an annual event. Gauteng Region adopted its own Kon-Tiki competition in 1985. More recently, Kon-Tiki competitions have taken in Port Elizabeth and in Australia (based on the South African competition).


The first Kon-Tiki in Gauteng was held at Murray Park in 1985. It is now held at Arrowe Park, Benoni. More details and registration on-line

Date Venue Theme Badge
17 - 19 May 2019 Arrowe Park
May 2018 Arrowe Park Middle Earth
May 2017 Arrowe Park Lego
May 2016 Arrowe Park
May 2015 Arrowe Park Here be Dragons

Western Cape

Kon-tiki Western Cape started in 1978. The competition is an annual event and is split into a Raft Competition, a Fringe Competition (land sports) and a Cub Competition. It is held at the Sea Scout Base, Sandvlei.

Year Chairman Chief Judge Theme Theme Badge Winners - Fringe Winners - Raft
2020 (not held) Angela Lee-Wright Craig Burchell-Burger Apocalypse Kontiki WC badge 2020.jpg Event cancelled Event cancelled
2019 Angela Lee-Wright David Roux Roald Dahl Kon-Tiki 2019 Badge 1st Durbanville 1st Bergvliet
2018 Alister Raine Charles Prince Vikings Kon-Tiki 2018 Badge 1st Bergvliet 1st Bergvliet
2017 N/A Robbie Owen Local is Lekker Kon-Tiki 2017 Badge 1st Bergvliet 1st Bergvliet
2016 N/A Robbie Owen Star Wars Kon-Tiki 2016 Badge 1st Bergvliet 1st Monte Vista
2015 N/A Robbie Owen The Musical Kon-Tiki 2015 Badge - Musical Theme 2nd Bergvliet 2nd Bergvliet
2014 N/A Robbie Owen Laboratory Kontiki WC badge 2014.png 1st Bergvliet 1st Bergvliet