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Total altitude gain over 42km = 1500m
How can one possibly describe this natural wonder?
Deep gorges, cliffs, cracks under the mountain, plateaus covered in stands of Cape Sugar bush and large Waboom trees, massive rock pillars, caverns, rock arches, Hyracidium [Crystallised Dassie – Rock Hyrax – urine] as old as 400 000 years, ancient rock art, moon-crater like sandstone rock slabs etc. No words can describe this place!!
The run routes follows a combination of hiking trails. The variety is simply relentless with pristine beauty to match.
Small wonder then that the trail seemingly just bumps into natural wonders and numerous, ancient rock art sites. At one point the trail leads you underground/cliff/mountain and you might be wise to carry a small head torch with you for this section! Names like Draaikraal, Granaatdraai, Donkiestasie, Arrie se Punt, Pramkoppie and numerous others marks areas of significance including an ancient burial site near Suikerbosfontein. There are plenty natural rock shelters along the route as well as 5 locations where 3 man tents are erected for people doing the hiking trails. This option is purely in case of emergency and in case of injury or freak weather. Cell phone reception is sketchy and mainly on the South and East side of Oorlogskloof – from around the halfway mark to the finish but only on high lying areas.
Many decades ago, the pioneer farmers in the area used donkeys to transport Rooibos Tea from the mountains to lower ground. When they left, they also left their donkeys behind. These have now become wild and runners might well spot 2 or more in the area between Doltuin and Granaatdraai. A rare sighting is that of the Red Rock Rabbit up on the plateau. A few Cape Mountain Zebra prevail, especially in the Pramkoppie and Brakwater areas.
The area is described and listed as “pristine” and runners will – in every sense – experience a unique adventure!
Limited pre entries only.
ENTRY OPTIONS: This is for the whole weekend . Prices unchanged from 2016.
42km – R1210 per person. Staying at Groot Tuin and incl catering.
42km – R880.00 per person if you source your own accommodation. Catering still included at Groot Tuin.
16km – R935.00 per person. Staying at Groot Tuin and incl catering.
16km – R760.00 per person if you source your own accommodation. Catering still included at Groot Tuin.
WHAT YOU RECEIVE FOR YOUR ENTRY:
With your entry for the run or for those extra catering folk, the reserve permit is included.
Please note that their are limited “hut” sleeping space – about 20 people [The huts have mattresses] and the reserve can only sleep 120 people in total. First comes first serve basis. There is also additional accommodation in the Niewoudtville area. See at bottom of this email.
2 nights camping accommodation – Friday and Saturday eve. [bring your own tent and sleeping bag] or sleeping in a dorm styled thatched hut. . First come first served! Limited hut sleeping space. There are 8 x 3 man tents erected and available for the long distance travellers/flying in.
Light breakfast on Saturday/run day – Coffee/tea/rusks on the morning of the run
Lunch – Karoo Lamb or vegetarian potjie as you cross the finish line – for some it will be a mid day lunch and for others a mid afternoon lunch and for a few others – dinner…
Finish line – Tailwind Nutrition and chilled water
Dinner – Braai with salads and freshly baked bread
Breakfast on Sunday – Farmstyle breakfast [Bacon, eggs etc] An Adventure Run in an area too incredible to describe!
a Large boma styled fire at the enclosed lapa area. NO FIRES ALLOWED ANY OTHER PLACE
Spending time with like minded folk – It’s “LIFE STYLE” – not an ordinary run!
Reserve permits. With your entry for the run or for those extra catering folk, the reserve permit is included.
EARLY ENTRIES [42KM, AND 16KM RUNNERS ] WILL RECEIVE A BRANDED CAP. YOU MUST ENTER BEFORE 12 NOON ON 10 APRIL TO QUALIFY FOR THIS OFFER.
RACE START TIMES: PRE entries only!
42km – 07h00
16km trail run – 07h00
5km – 07h02
START/FINISH: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve – Groot Tuin Camp
Race ules and other info on www.quantumadventures.co.za
ACCOMMODATION: Also see the web site for more options if you don’t want to stay at Groot Tuin – the start/finish venue.
Nieuwoudtville is 349km from Cape Town and it has numerous awesome accommodation options. A place worth checking out is www.papkuilsfontein.co.za OR you can contact Joey in town who also has some double bed units – 0827737034. She also happens to be the lady who [with her Crew] makes all the awesome food every year!