top of page

Riaan Manser


Thanks! We will get back to you shortly

Western Cape


As one of the world’s leading explorers he has captivated thousands of people through his bestselling books& motivational talks; worldwide.

Manser takes a personal approach inspiring an audience. He allows the audience to decide for themselves with which attitude they are going to take on life’s challenges. Through his message of courage, perseverance & attitude, he guides the audience to the realization that being average is just not good enough.

His tales are of adventures without the luxury of a panic button. No excuses to give up. Tales of real life threatening situations which; according to him; make an adventure a real adventure.

Thousands of people from blue-chip companies to community projects & from schools to non-governmental organisations have been moved by Riaan’s extraordinary, & often hilarious, tales of perseverance & unrelenting resolve.

Manser speaks passionately about his adventures, motivating & inspiring all who attend his presentations.

AFRICA (World First):

Manser’s rise to prominence began with the unbelievable world-first circumnavigation of the African continent by bicycle. It took him exactly two years, two months & fifteen days, alone & unaided, he pedaled a staggering 34 500 kilometers (22 680 miles) through 34 different countries, some of them ranked as the most dangerous & most inhospitable places in our world today. Manser’s achievement earned him the title “Out There Adventurer of the Year 2006” & his first book, “Around Africa on my Bicycle”, became a bestseller & continues to enjoy huge success.

During Riaan’s journey, he was imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea & was held captive by drugged teenage rebels in Liberia. Both occasions he negotiated his release through his charm, amicable personality & exceptional powers of persuasion.

Along the way, Manser ate some exotic dishes such as monkey, bat, camel & rat.

As if cycling the perimeter of the African continent wasn’t enough, he also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro & descended to Lake Assal, the highest & lowest points in Africa.

Once seeing Riaan’s story on television, Nelson Mandela personally requested a meeting with Manser,saying it was “A performance that will inspire the youth of the continent!”.

The Explorer’s Club in New York – whose members include 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 & the first man on the moon – extended a special invitation to Manser to speak before its illustrious organization.


“Amazing! Inspiring! His message touched all of us.”

– Zurich Bank: Toronto Canada

“Outstanding job…. the audience was captivated throughout”

– IQ Business

“Top clients were enthralled & captivated…. kept the audiences engrossed”

– First National Bank

“Highest satisfaction scores from employees…. rated the event the best they had ever attended”

– Procter & Gamble South Africa

“Instrumental in getting staff to exceed performance expectations…. contributed to achieving our collective goals.”

– Standard Bank PEXCO Team

“Beyond grateful…. feedback has been amazing – you were GREAT!”

– Gordon Institute of Business Science

“Working with Manser was a real dream….. professional & world class”

– Marketing Fanatics

bottom of page