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Trail Running in KwaZulu Natal


Trail Running in South Africa

If there is a country that’s made for trail running it is South Africa. The green corridors of the cities are ideal for a quick lunchtime breath of fresh air.

Those with a sense of adventure can lace up their trail shoes and take off along the magnificent coastline, over rolling hills and majestic mountain ranges and through dense indigenous forests, rugged deserts and game-filled plains. More competitive runners will find a plethora of well-organised events ranging from short fun runs to multi-day epics.

Trail running enjoys a huge following throughout southern Africa and an increasing number of the popular multi-day hiking trails including the Wild Coast trail, Num-Num trail, Boland trail, Tsitsikamma trail and Fynbos trail welcome runners.

Logistical support in the form of a bag porterage service allows you to make a holiday of it, and once a year a privileged few can take up the challenge of completing the famous five-day Otter hiking trail along the spectacular Tsitsikamma coastline in a day, running the spine of the Cape Peninsula on the Puffer trail, or traversing Addo Elephant National Park on the Addo 50-miler.

So whether you’re a novice looking for an introduction to this easily accessible sport, planning a family holiday or a seasoned mountain goat searching for the ultimate trail adventure, there is bound to be something for you.

Articles & Blogs

Titleholders Return to Durban Run

Valda 9:44pm 23 Sep

Pics Tobias Ginsberg, Anthony Grotes & Rogan Ward

Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei will return to Durban on Sunday, 14 October 2018 to defend his title at the 2nd annual FNB Durban 10K CITYSURFRUN.

In 2017 Cheptegei ran the fastest time ever on South African soil over the 10km, clocking 27:28 to break the previous all-comers record of 27:55 set by Kenya’s Andrew Limo in Port Elizabeth in 2009.  Cheptegei made the decisive break in 2017 just after the 6km mark when he forged ahead of team mate Stephen Kissa and Swiss sensation, Julien Wanders. Only a strong...

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Hot pace at 2017 Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge

Valda 7:08pm 25 Sep

Pics Sven Musica

The 2017 Old Mutual Wild Series Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge was yet another cracking trail run through the Royal Natal Park, part of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Runners set off in batches from 05h30, with the first man home just before 10h30. The winner in the men’s race was debutant Quintin Honey, who took first place in a time of 4:42:26.

The ladies winner was Tracy Zunkel in a time of 5:51:16; Zunkel is a long-time supporter of...

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iSimangaliso’s Trail Challenge

Valda 7:43pm 6 Aug

In July 2017 the beach and bush paradise of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park felt the footfalls of 127 trail runners as the first iSimangaliso Trail Challenge took place in the southern parts of the marine and terrestrial World Heritage Site.

Hosted by Andrew Booth and his professional team from KZN Trail Running, the magnificent weather and scenery created an unsurpassable setting for the three stage 82km event. Runners started off with a 6km full moon beach run on Friday night, followed by two days of trail through big game country and beach stretches at spring low tide. While a lucky...

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iSimangaliso Trail Challenge Launched

Valda 6:30pm 23 Apr

Pics Terence Vrugtman, AdventureLifeSA

There is, quite simply, nowhere else like it: to watch – while running along game tracks on the top of the highest vegetated coastal dunes on the African continent – southern right whales in the Indian Ocean below, hippo and flamingo in Lake St Lucia to the west and big game in close proximity.

The inaugural iSimangaliso Trail Challenge – the latest addition to the Park’s Eco-Series events – will take place from the 7th-9th July 2017. It’s the first running event of this nature to be hosted in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park...

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Drakensberg Northern Trail SkyMarathon®

Valda 9:55pm 10 Apr

Pics Terence Vrugtman |   

The 2016 Skyrunner® Series kicked off on Saturday in a blur of skyrunning speed at the Drakensberg Northern Trail SkyMarathon®, with Potchefstroom-based Johardt van Heerden and Nicolette Griffieon taking the overall men's and women’s podium respectively.

With the DNT being this year’s SA long distance trail championship, their wins crowned them South Africa’s long distance trail champions for 2016. In a first for trail running in our country, both achieved an extra...

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Ingeli Skymarathon

Valda 9:55pm 22 Apr

Pics ©Anthony Grote |

The South African Skyrunner® Series 2014 blasted off to an exciting start with the successful staging of the Ingeli Skymarathon® in early April.

Dubbed “the green mamba of trail running” for the several nasty “bites” of ascent the route delivered, the 42km course through the Ingeli mountain range in Kwa-Zulu Natal covered 2 100m of vertical gain, making it one of the toughest races of this distance in the province.

The race was won in 3:37:19 by one of South Africa’s up and coming trail...

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jmarais 5:16pm 12 Aug

Ambling, scrambling, trailing, hiking, hill-walking, traversing, bush-whacking... Think of a trekking term and you can do it in Lesotho.  Remember one thing though: this little kingdom in the sky is officially the country with the most peaks per square kilometre in Africa, so prepare to venture into thin air.

With Thabana-Ntlenyana at 3 482 metres the...

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