½ – 1 day of pure mountain splendour. This is breath-taking mountain and forest running, with full logistic support, all you have to do is show up and run. The trails are on single track, jeep track and game paths, covering about 15 – 30km (9.3-18.6 miles) over ½-1 day dependent on our pace and which option you choose.
(Minimum 5 people, maximum 10)
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.
|Transport||Transport to the run start/finish will leave and return from Hoedspruit.|
|Ability||We will group participants by their ability but you need to be able to be on your feet for around 3-6 hours and ideally you would have run close to a marathon distance in the past for the longer distances and ½ marathon for the shorter ones. 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 5:00am (6:00am Winter) leaving Hoedspruit and finish in the Afternoon between 2-4pm back in Hoedspruit.|
|Included||A Lead Runner for the team, with you every step of the way.|
|Return transfer to run start/finish from Hoedspruit.|
|Snacks at end of run.|
|Run Wild T-shirt.|
|15-30km of amazing mountain and forest running.|
|Not included||Accommodation (Please enquire, we can refer you to many great venues)|
|Food and Nutrition during the run (Please enquire, we can provide this for you)|
|Compulsory Kit from List below (This can be arranged for purchase or hire form Wild Run)|
|Personal insurance (Compulsory)|
|Travel to / from Hoedspruit from other destinations|
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 (1,5l for under 20km) 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
- Enough Nutrition for the route
We will meet in Hoedspruit at 5am for a compulsory gear check and introduction to the team.
We head off at 5:30am and travel approximately 30min to our run start destination where the transport crew will see us off.
We set out at sunrise (Summer 6am and Winter 7am) 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, look out for the local wildlife and amazing birds. The route takes us through old timber and the centre of the natural forest on top of the mountain then back down again.
Throughout the run and depending on the season, we will come across fresh streams and beautiful water falls.
We will then start our descent to our original starting point where you will be greeted by the team and presented with a cold drink snacks 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