Adventure Running

We offer unique Adventure Running trips. It’s a guided experience combining trail running, fast packing, a bit of rock scrambling, a smidge of bundu bashing, sometimes paddling. In the mountains, bush-veld and rivers of South Africa.

We choose beautiful lines, soaring ridge runs, crazy descents, breathtaking scrambles. You bring a lightweight pack with the bare essentials for each adventure. Our guides lead you while our support crew transport your bags from one comfortable resort to the next.

Having hot showers, comfortable beds and warm food is a highlight of each days adventure.

Take advantage of our Early Bird specials and save up to 28% per trip.(expires 31 January 2021)

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We have classified our trips in terms of difficulty and experience levels.

Berg Bunnies(BB)

Capable of running 10 km less than 90 minutes. No experience at trail or mountain running required. These trips are focused on introducing runners to trail and in particular mountain running. You will learn about gear, basic navigation and trail skills.

Weekend Warrior(WW)

Capable of running 21 km in 3 hours. Some experience at trail running. The trips are focused on expanding your knowledge of trail running in particular navigation using your GPS, nutrition , hydration , mountain running skills.

Mountain Goats(MG)

You are an experienced trail runner looking to push your boundaries a little and experience true mountain wilderness running. Our aim for these trips is to help you build confidence and grit under challenging but manageable conditions. Every trip is an adventure that will take you outside your comfort zone. You will test your gear, nutrition, hydration, navigation and abilities.

Day 1

Distance60 km
Ascent3000 m
Suitable forMountain Goats

The Northern Traverse starts at Sentinel car park in the North of the Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park. We ascend the escarpment via the chain ladders and follow the trail to Mont Aux Sources( 3282 m). This is the highest point on the route but not the last climb. From here we follow a series of valleys and ridge lines until we reach Rockeries pass around 48 km into the run. Descending the pass gives us access to the little berg and our destination for the night Mweni Cultural Center.

 Day 2

Distance20 km
Ascent1800 m
Suitable forMountain Goats

On the second day we run up to the top of Cathedral Peak and back again. The final section to the peak requires some scrambling and is not for the faint hearted

Day 1

Distance48 km
Ascent3500 m
Suitable forMountain Goats

Starting from the door of the Cathedral Peak Hotel we ascend the high berg via the Camel, Windy Corner and Organ Pipes. This route has the most majestic and possibly highest ridgeline run in South Africa. We travel about 12 km all of it above 3200m at times getting above 3300 m. A great route to run if you have the legs. The descent via Grays Pass is technical and guaranteed to work your quads to jelly. This is a truly adventurous route and one of our best routes in the Drakensberg.

 Day 2

Distance14 km
Ascent1400 m
Suitable forMountain Goats

We take on one of the Drakensberg’s most fun FKT routes. It’s a quad busting 14 km out and back run. The perfect end to a solid weekend of training.

 

Day 1

Distance40 km
Ascent3000 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

An early start from the remote resort of Lotheni will see us ascend the high Drakensberg via Elandshoek Pass. We follow the ever dramatic escarpment edge to Langalibalele Pass. The ridge line run into Giants Castle resort never fails to put a smile on our runners faces.

 Day 2

Distance28 km
Ascent1200 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

On the second day we return to Lotheni via the contour path and another stunning ridge line run into camp. Look out for herds of Eland along the way.

Day 1

Distance42 km
Ascent2500 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

We start from our doorstep at Injisuthi Camp a little before sunrise. We ascend the high Drakensberg via the iconic Corner Pass and then it’s along the escarpment edge to Langalibalele pass and an exhilarating downhill run in to the beautiful Giants Castle Resort.

 Day 2

Distance38 km
Ascent1500 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

We return to Injisuthi via the contour path. The run from Centenary hut to just above the camp is fast and easy.

 

Day 1

Distance27 km
Ascent2500 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

We climb the little berg via Bannermans Hut trail and turn left upon reach the contour path. Some beautiful contour path running leads us to one of the best downhill runs in the Drakensberg. Guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

 Day 2

Distance15 km
Ascent800 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

We once again ascend the little berg up to the the very foot of Giants Castle before turning left along the contour path and another fantastic downhill run back to camp.

 

Day 1

Distance22 km
Ascent1100 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

We climb the little berg skirting Sheba’s Breasts on the way to the contour path. A short cruise along the contour path will bring us to another one of the famous downhill ridgeline runs of the Central Drakensberg. It’s a short day so we have time for relaxing in the bar, going for walks or just lazing about in preparation for Day 2.

 Day 2

Distance42 km
Ascent2500 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

We once again ascend the little berg on the ridge up to Langalibalele Pass (2900 m). Big climbs lie ahead as we climb over Sangabethu and Popple ridges(both over 3200 m ) on our way to Corner Pass where our descent to Injisuthi begins.

Day 3

Distance26 km
Ascent1200 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

Leaving Injisuthi we climb up the beautiful Van Heyningens Pass on our way to Shada Ridge and the little berg. Shada ridge trail leads through the grasslands towards Monks Cowl in the distance. We descend via the Sphinx to Monks Cowl resort and an epic 3 days of Drakensberg running.

 

Day 1

Distance25 km
Ascent2000 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

Starting after breakfast on Saturday morning we drive up to Sentinel Car Park. From there it’s a hike up to Mont Aux Sources at 3282 m. We return wit a round trip along the escarpment edge taking in Tugela Falls and descending via the gully.

 Day 2

Distance16 km
Ascent800 m
Suitable forBerg Bunnies

We drive around to Thendele Camp in the Royal Natal Reserve. From there we follow the trail up to the stunning Tugela Gorge. A short stop at the end of the trail for a splash in the rock pools and we head back down the way we came. This is an iconic Drakensberg hike and an absolute bucket list run for any aspiring trail runner.

 

Day 1

Distance60 km
Ascent3200 m
Suitable forMountain Goats

This is a big day. We start before sunrise and ascend the high berg via Giants Castle Pass and onwards to the highest point in Southern Africa, Thaba Nthelyana 3482 m. We end the day at Sani Top lodge which boasts the highest pub in Southern Africa.

 Day 2

Distance38 km
Ascent , Descent1500 m , 2400 m descent
Suitable forMountain Goats

Another early start sees us set off along the escarpment edge and our descent to Glengarry 38 km later.

 

We stay over in the beautiful Injisuthi Camp nestled in the heart of the Central Drakensberg Mountains. 

Day 1

Distance42 km
Ascent2900 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

This is a big day. We start before sunrise and ascend the high berg via Corner Pass. There is some minor rock scrambling required here but the exposure is minimal. Once on top we proceed to the highest point in South Africa(Mafadi Peak 3450 m) and then follows a stunning escarpment edge run to the top of Leslie Pass. We descend Leslie Pass and proceed to Marble Baths before our return to camp and hot showers.

 Day 2

Distance19 km
Ascent1100 m
Suitable forWeekend Warriors

Another early start sees us set off on our journey to Monks Cowl via the beautiful secret world of Van Heyningens Pass. Once on the little berg we follow Shada Ridge as to Blind Mans corner and down to Monks Cowl where our journey ends.

Scheduled Trips for 2021

DateTripPrice Per Person
22 Jan 2021 – 24 Jan 2021Southern Africa Highest PointR 3250
26 Mar 2021 – 27 Mar 2021Cathedral Peak to Monks CowlR 2750
8  Apr 2021 – 10 Apr 2021Adventure Running WeekendR 3250
2 Jul 2021 – 4 July 2021Injisuthi to GiantsR 3800
6 Aug 2021 – 7 Aug 2021DidimaR 3600

If you see a trip you like that isn’t scheduled, and you have a party of 4 then we’d be very happy to accommodate you. Please send an enquiry with your dates and group size and we will get back to you.

Prices include

  • A camp site where you can pitch your own tent. There is a surcharge for more luxurious accommodation options 
  • Transport of gear and bags between overnight stops
  • Park fees
  • Guide fees

Prices Exclude

  • Food and Drink
  • Transport to the start 
  • Accommodation surcharge over and above a camp site
  • Adventures require a minimum of 4 people before they will go ahead.
  • A maximum of 16 runners are allowed on each adventure.
  • All reservations are provisional until a 50% deposit has been paid.
  • Upon receipt of the 50% deposit your booking will be confirmed.
  • The full balance to be paid 4 weeks before the adventure begins.
  • We reserve the right to cancel provisional bookings at our discretion should the paid up number of runners reach the trip maximum of 16.
  • We reserve the right to cancel an adventure if we have less than 4 people fully paid up within 4 weeks of the trip starting.
  • A full refund will be paid in the event of a trip being cancelled due to low numbers.
  • All cancellations must be in writing and will be accepted from date of receipt.
  • 90 Days or longer prior to start date: 10% of the fee applicable
  • 90 – 61 days prior to start date: 25% of fee applicable
  • 60 – 31 days prior to start date: 50% of fee applicable
  • 30 days and less prior to arrival: 100% of the fee applicable