2 ½ Days
Duration
43km (26.7 miles)
Distance
2727m (8947 feet)
Elevation gain
D3
Grading

6-8 April 2018, 29 June – 1 July 2018, 19-21 October 2018

Two and a half days and two nights of pure mountain splendour. This is breath-taking mountain, river and forest running, with full logistic support, all you have to do is show up and run. The trail is on single track, jeep track and game paths, covering about 43km (26 miles) over 2 days, this route has it all. Whether you are new to trail running or a seasoned veteran, this will be an experience you will never forget. 

Mariepskop (or Marepe) is situated between the Blyde River Canyon and Kruger National Park, and at 1945m is one of the highest peaks in the northern Drakensberg. It forms a junction of three conservation areas, namely the Mariepskop Forest Reserve, Mariepskop State Forest, and the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve. It is named after, chief Maripe Mashile, who used this mountain as a stronghold for his tribe during the Moholoholo war of 1864.

Once on top of the mountain, one of the most breath-taking views you will ever experience is looking over the lowveld who’s vegetation and wildlife is so contrasting to where you will be standing.

Location Mariepskop Mountain & Blyde River, Kampersrus
Accommodation and transport Accommodation on the Friday and Saturday Night will be in tented camps where 2 man tents with mattresses will be available to share or for the individual (Sleeping bags and pillows will be provided on request). Transport will include a return transfer to the run start/finish from Hoedspruit.
Ability We will group participants by their ability but you need to be able to be on your feet for around 5-6 hours per day and ideally have run close to a marathon distance in the past. Multi-day experience is helpful but not essential. You will be expected to carry the kit from our Compulsory Kit list but this will be a pretty light bag allowing you to run freely.
Timing and location  

The experience will start at 3pm leaving Hoedspruit on Day 1 and finish on Day 3 in the Afternoon at approximately 4pm back in Hoedspruit.

Included A Lead Runner for the team, with you every step of the way.
   Conservation Fees
  Return transfer to run start/finish from Hoedspruit.
  Overnight tented accommodation. (based on two people sharing, supplement for single tent)
  • Friday night at Kampersrus
  • Saturday day and night along the Blyde River. (Run in the morning then spend the afternoon relaxing and taking in the beauty)
  Meals from set menu
  • Friday: Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast
  Bag and equipment transport to each day’s end destination.
  Snacks at end of Day 3.
  Run Wild T-shirt.
  43km of amazing mountain and forest running.
Not included Drinks at the accommodation or additional main meals (Assistance with purchasing drinks can be arranges)
  Food and Nutrition during the run (Please enquire, we can provide this for you)
  Compulsory Kit (Kit Tab) (This can be arranged for purchase or hire form Wild Run)
  Personal insurance (compulsory)
  Travel to / from Hoedspruit from other destinations

 

Compulsory kit

Below is a list of the compulsory kit for this trip. When you book you will be sent a list of recommended items as well. If you have any questions regarding kit requirements, please contact us. If you do not have any of the items listed below you are more than welcome to add it to your cart before checkout.

Compulsory kit for 15km and above

  • Hydration pack with 2L fluid capacity
  • Space blanket
  • Water proof jacket
  • Thermal Vest (June, July Only)
  • Fully charged mobile phone with the numbers for the Lead Runners, emergency number (provided upon registration)
  • Appropriate waterproof bags to keep stuff dry
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Enough Nutrition for the route
  • Head lamp

1

Day 1

We will leave Hoedspruit at 3pm and travel approximately 30min to our base camp for the first night. We will spend the night in tented accommodation at the base of the mountain to be ready for the early start the next morning. Running in the heat of the day is avoided at all costs so setting out early with the sunrise is a spectacular sight. The evening will include a traditional South African Braai with a compulsory run briefing and compulsory equipment check.

2

Day 2

Distance 26km (16miles), Elevation gain 1417m (4649 feet)

Wake up call will be an hour before we set off (Summer 5am and Winter 6am). And breakfast and coffee will be ready for you to eat at your leisure.

We set out at sunrise (Summer 6am and Winter 7am) and start our first leg but listen carefully and you may here the last of the lions roars from the neighbouring game reserves as we start out.

The team will take you up old donkey trails and single track on a steep climb then around the southern escarpment where lush vegetation and forest can be enjoyed. Look out for the local wildlife and amazing birds, you may be lucky enough to spot the rare and shy Narina Trogan. After approximately 7km of climbing the decent takes you down to the Blyde river where we will find our second camp with all your kit having been transported to the new venue. Here you can take a cold shower or swim in the pristine waters of the Blyde, there is even a rope swing for the more adventurous.

The evening will entail storytelling, a beer or 3 and once again a South African Meal.

3

Day 3

Distance 17km (10.5 miles), Elevation gain 1310 (4298 feet)

Wake up call will be an hour before we set off (Summer 5am and Winter 6am). And breakfast and coffee will be ready for you to eat at your leisure.

We set out at sunrise (Summer 6am and Winter 7am) where we will be met with the toughest climb of the route. The ascent takes you through a ravine with the most amazing rock formations and vegetation. Throughout the 17km (10.5 miles) and depending on the season, we will come across many fresh streams and beautiful water falls.

We will then descend to our original starting point where you will be greeted by the team and presented with a cold drink and a Run Wild T-shirt. You will be loaded up and transported back to Hoedspruit where we will say farewell and plan the next adventure!

Mariepskop Mountain, Kampersrus

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