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Misty Valley Lodge Trails
29 Dec 2014
 
     

Misty Valley Lodge Trails

Misty Valley Lodge lies an easy 2.5 hours from Johannesburg and an hour from Nelspruit along the N4. The Misty Valley Trails cover different distances and terrain in order to accommodate a variety of runners from young to wise and social to fit. As this is a resort, you are able to run stress-free in the tranquil surroundings of the resort, which is fully fenced and secured. Springbok, black wildebeest, eland, red hartebeest and zebra are just a few of the wild animals that you will see while cruising the escarpment single-tracks or negotiating the exhilarating bridge crossings. At over 2 000m above sea level, this is a good high altitude training site. Combined with the mountain biking trails, there are 10 different trails to choose from depending on your level of fitness. The great design of the trails is that they vary in distances from 5km to 20km in loops that all come back to the starting point...

(GPS coordinates: -25.754304, 30.435607)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/misty-valley-lodge-trails

Kaapsehoop Trail
14 Dec 2014
 
     

Kaapsehoop Trail

The fairy tale village of Kaapsehoop, 32km from Mbombela, is well known for its mist and the wild horses that roam free in the area. Weathered sandstone formations, spectacular views, historic sites and pristine nature trails are just a few of the reasons to return here time and again. The most pristine area is the Blue Swallow Conservancy Area. The area to the north and west is dominated by pine plantations belonging to Sappi and Komatieland Forestry. There are many combinations available from the 5-day hiking trail loops, which all criss-cross through the town. The recommended route comprises part of the Florence Hill/Blue Swallow trails. It is an easy to moderate run of 16km and should take you 2-3 hours to complete…

(GPS coordinates: -25.591952, 30.766563)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/kaapsehoop-trail

Grootvadersbosch Run Trail & Event
11 Dec 2014
 
     

Grootvadersbosch Run Trail & Event

Travel inland from the N2 highway just after Swellendam and you will soon find yourself in the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve and Conservancy. Here more than 250ha of indigenous forest constitutes the largest block of intact primary forest outside of Knysna. There are a number of well-marked trails in the reserve offering day walks from 2-15km in length.  The Boosmansbos Trail is a 2-day, 30km trail that takes you through the wilderness area. It only has a very rudimentary shelter. There is also a 3-day walking trail on the neighbouring farm. The Grootvadersbosch Trail is a two-day event for experienced trail runners only... 

(GPS coordinates: -33.989725, 20.813637)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/grootvadersbosch-run-trail-event

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Trail
7 Dec 2014
 
     

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Trail

It really is quite surreal seeing zebra grazing in an unspoilt African wilderness setting with Durban's skyscrapers and harbour infrastructure as a backdrop to the north-east. The sprawling 253ha Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve boasts four main running trails, including a 500m trail for the physically disabled and sight-impaired. The 6km Mkumbi Trail takes the average trail runner 45-50 minutes to complete. You can extend your run by combining it with the 3km Yellow Trail (another 25min) and the 500m Brown Trail. This KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife-managed reserve is home to zebra, impala, bushbuck and duiker (blue, red and grey species). There are also over 200 species of birds…

(GPS coordinates: -29.912978, 30.941835)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/kenneth-stainbank-nature-reserve-trail

Norm-Hudlin Trails & Event
4 Dec 2014
 
     

Norm-Hudlin Trails & Event

The Merrell Norm-Hudlin Trail Centre was established in 2010 on approximately 150ha of privately-owned land. It lies close to Seaview on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. All the trails are purpose-built, hand-cut and maintained by the owner of the property, Lex Holmes. Together they offer a safe and friendly running destination to trail runners and mountain bikers, catering for all levels of outdoor athletes...

(GPS coordinates: -33.969856, 25.455527)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/norm-hudlin-trails-event

Nagle Dam Run Trail
17 Nov 2014
 
     

Nagle Dam Run Trail

The Umngeni River has four dams built along its course to supply water to areas between Durban and Pietermaritzburg (PMB). Least known of these is Nagle Dam, which nestles near the base of PMB’s Table Mountain, a half-hour drive from the city. A game reserve (managed by Msinsi) surrounds the dam, with cracker views of the Valley of A Thousand Hills. The area is very hilly, with some climb sections kicking in at a gradient of 40%. The contour tracks and a good gravel road provide respite to runners between the ascents and descents. Some of the best contouring paths meander along the dam’s edge...

(GPS coordinates: -29.589056, 30.62579)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/nagle-dam-run-trail

Seven Dams Conservancy Trail
2 Nov 2014
 
     

Seven Dams Conservancy Trail

Just to the north of ‘The City of Roses’ CBD you’ll find a protected area of 86ha on the edge of the urban spread. Four distinctive habitats exist here, from woody shrub land, grassland and wetlands to the unique Bloemfontein Karroid shrub land. The veld, dams and koppies are home to a variety of small mammals and 120 species of birds, as well as some interesting archaeological sites. The Seven Dams conservancy is great for trail running, mountain biking, walking the dog, or just chilling with the family on an afternoon picnic. A network of jeep tracks, rocky single tracks and forest paths traverse the varying vegetation biomes. Terrain ranges from flat gravel cruises to technical running along testing and rugged terrain…

(GPS coordinates: -29.074899, 26.217795)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/seven-dams-conservancy-trail

Burman Bush and Fish Eagle Trails
9 Sep 2014
 
     

Burman Bush and Fish Eagle Trails

Burman Bush Nature Reserve preserves 55ha of indigenous forest and coastal bush along the final stretch of Durban's Umngeni River. The nature reserve boasts sections of excellent single-track winding through the dense stands of indigenous forest and features three undulating hiking trails of around 2km. However, as these tracks criss-cross continuously, you can easily get lost. The reserve forms a roughly circular enclave and can be as tough or gentle as you choose…

(GPS coordinates: -29.817708, 31.017009)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/burman-bush-and-fish-eagle-trails

Hout Bay Challenge Trail & Event
27 Aug 2014
 
     

Hout Bay Challenge Trail & Event

The route is set in the mountains that surround the village of Hout Bay, approximately 20km from Cape Town. The terrain is a mixture of beach, single gravel track, jeep track, a little bit of tar and concrete. There are some natural obstacles like rock scrambles and a river crossing on the beach. Leg 1 stretches from the Hout Bay Yacht Club to Suikerbossie Restaurant. The second leg runs from Suikerbossie Restaurant to Constantia Nek. Leg 3 heads from Constantia Nek back to the Hout Bay Yacht Club...

(GPS coordinates: -34.048841, 18.346816)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/hout-bay-challenge-trail-event

The Old Fisherman's Challenge Trail & Event
27 Aug 2014
 
     

The Old Fisherman's Challenge Trail & Event

You don’t have to go far to get onto a mountain trail in Cape Town. The Old Fisherman’s Route encompasses many of these trails, allowing runners to run from Fish Hoek to Hout Bay or back. The trails offer a mix of beach, gravel roads, boardwalks and single-track. Very little scrambling is required, except down Blackburn Ravine, but this will be over before you even realise it. There is one river crossing on the beach. At low tide this is ankle deep, but during spring highs you might want to head onto the road...

(GPS coordinates: -34.127967, 18.447559)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/old-fisherman’s-challenge-trail-event

Deelfontein Trails
15 Aug 2014
 
     

Deelfontein Trails

Deelfontein lies in a network of more than 60km of hiking trails criss-crossing the Vredefort  Dome Conservancy. For trail runners this is an unexplored paradise, as you will find that at least 15 trails can be accessed from Deelfontein. Distances vary from 1km to 16km. The terrain is mountainous bushveld and grassveld. The routes include dirt roads, farm tracks and rugged jeep tracks. There are also some good single-track sections exploring the mountaintops...

(GPS coordinates: -26.942247, 27.269903)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/deelfontein-trails

Sunshine Coast Trail Running Event
9 Aug 2014
 
     

Sunshine Coast Trail Running Event

The setting for this beautiful trail run is the Springmount dairy farm. You will be running through some of the most pristine dune fields in Southern Africa: the Alexandria Coastal Dune Field. This is the largest, most impressive and least degraded dune field in South Africa - arguably one of the most spectacular in the world. It covers an area of approximately 14 000ha, with 1 800 dunes. It stretches for 50km from the Sundays River Mouth to beyond Woody Cape and is 22km wide on average. There are panoramic views from almost every point on the run, including views stretching for miles to your left of the Woody Cape coastline…

(GPS coordinates: -33.667884, 26.038533)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/sunshine-coast-trail-running-event

Oorlogskloof Mountain Run Trail & Event
17 Jul 2014
 
     

Oorlogskloof Mountain Run Trail & Event

At nearly 5 000ha, Oorlogskloof demands more than one day of exploration. There are three day hikes to choose from, plus various combos of the 7-day multi-day routes. The Rock Pigeon Trail (Kransduifroete) covers 52 kilometres over 4-5 days. Running this will be way more strenuous than doing the African Otter Trail Run, for instance. The Oorlogskloof Mountain Trail Run is the second event in the Quantum Country Classic Series. Options include 18km or 42km mountain runs. Due to the route being remote and in a wilderness area, the event is entered as a ‘team’ of two. Two people must run as a unit from start to finish...

(GPS coordinates: -31.442689, 19.070926)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/oorlogskloof-mountain-run-trail-event

Whale Trail
7 Jul 2014
 
     

Whale Trail

CapeNature’s pristine Whale Trail in the De Hoop Nature Reserve was recently the location of South Africa’s newest and perhaps most gruelling trail run. Mountain Runner Events hosted the “Whale of Trail” on 10 May 2014, which challenged runners to complete the five-day hiking trail from Potberg to Koppie Alleen in one stretch. The mountain and coastal course takes a maximum of 150 competitors along fynbos-covered peaks with stunning views and pristine waterfalls, along cliffs, dunes, secluded beaches and the shores of the Indian Ocean. Runners interested in learning more or keeping an eye out for registration for the 2015 event can check out: http://mountainrunner.co.za

Augrabies Falls National Park Trail
19 Jun 2014
 
     

Augrabies Falls National Park Trail

Trip into the heart of the Green Kalahari region north of Upington, and you will find yourself in off-road running heaven. Just north of Kakamas, Augrabies Falls National Park unfolds in all its dramatic splendour. Through this lunar landscape winds a near endless network of gravel roads and trails tailor-made for wilderness thumping...

(GPS coordinates: -28.593277, 20.337584)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/augrabies-falls-national-park-trail

Goukamma Traverse Trail & Event
17 Jun 2014
 
     

Goukamma Traverse Trail & Event

The 18km trail starts from the Goukamma River Pont on the eastern side of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, traversing from east to west to finish in Sedgefield on the Village Green. With this in mind, runners must arrange transport between these points. Once on the trail, you follow single-track and jeep track along the dune system. Part of the beauty of this trail run is that you will be ridge running atop high, grass-covered dunes, with breathtaking views of the ocean to the south and of some of the wide vleis and lakes to the north. It is quite simply a ‘wow’ run, capturing the absolute essence of the Garden Route at its very best... 

(GPS coordinates: -34.065523, 22.943526)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/goukamma-traverse-trail-event

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