Trail Running in the Northern Cape
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.
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Wildrun® Goes Transfrontier9:16pm 19 Oct
Words Shaen Adey, pics Shaen Adey, Ian Corless, Nick Muzik, Mark Middleton
It was raining incessantly, turning the rocky slope that I was descending into a muddy morass. Apparently 27mm of rain had fallen in the previous 24 hours, almost the yearly average for this part of the world. The loose, rocky slope down from the Tswayisberge saddle even more treacherous than expected, so we picked our way cautiously between the weird-looking Halfmens. Deep in the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, in an area that is inaccessible to vehicles, we couldn’t risk injury....