The popular Oxpecker Trail Run is a 2-day trail run which takes place in Winterton, halfway between JHB and Durban. This event is run by the Green family, who are passionate about trail running.
Please note: The Yellow-Billed, Red-billed, and African events are all the same format the only difference is that there is prize money on the African event.
Em'seni Camp, R600, Winterton, Central Drakensberg, KZN.
Winterton is 2 hours from Durban and 3 hours from JHB.
Wednesday 1 August - We really appreciate all our Oxpecker runners and have allocated 1 week for 2019 finishers to enter the Oxpecker.
Wednesday 8 August - The entries open to all runners.
Oxpecker running entry fee - R2300
- 6 delicious meals (Friday night, Saturday breakfast, lunch and supper, Sunday breakfast and lunch)
- Thoughtful trails specially designed for trail runners. Our passionate route crew works annually on designing the BEST possible course. All the trails are on private land.
- Race garment and goodie bag.
- Permanent and clean toilets and showers.
- Well stocked, exotic water points. Day 1 - two water points. Day 2 - one water point.
- Surprise location sundowner trip on Saturday afternoon with sponsored snacks. (Highly recommended)
- Fully setup race village which includes the main marquee, the official Oxpecker shop, the bar, the hotbox.
- The Hotbox: 24-hour coffee/tea station with heaters and special goodies. This is something we really put a lot of effort into!
- An evening bush joll, with bonfires and so much Oxpecker gees!
- 24-hour doctor on site.
We have a number of different accommodation options available for you. Should you want to share with a friend the price will be cheaper.
Standard tent: a canvas tent with a mattress. R500
Solo - R2300 race entry + R500 standard tent
Sharing - R2300 race entry + R250 each
Kudu tent: a big canvas tent with a proper bed inside. R1250
Solo - R2300 race entry + R1250 kudu tent
Sharing - R2300 race entry + R625 kudu tent
Kingfisher tent: a bigger canvas tent with proper beds inside, linen included, veranda, side table and lamp and chairs outside. R3000
Solo - R2300 race entry + R3000 kingfisher tent
Sharing - R2300 race entry + R1500 kingfisher tent
Rooms in race village: A room in the race village which consists of 2 bunk beds and a plug point. Sleeps 4. R2200 - you get the whole room to yourself.
Solo - R2300 race entry + R2200 per room
Sharing - R2300 race entry + R550 (if 4 friends share)
Due to demand for runners to run the Oxpecker we can no longer accommodate supporters in the Yellow-Billed and Red-Billed events therefore we will only be allowing supporter packages for the African Oxpecker event.
Cost: R2000 per adult and you can either share the tent with your runner or self camp/stay outside the race village.
Day 1 - 21km
Starting along the banks of the Tugela river the route follows cattle tracks slowly meandering to the base of Spioenkop Mountain. The climbing begins on a well-worn purpose made single track making running easier as the runners and walkers make their way towards the summit of Twin Peaks passing under beautiful acacia trees and aloes. After soaking up the incredible views from the summit the runners then traverse along the top before arriving at Water point 1 manned by a group of festive ladies who have climbed up the previous day taking up all the food and drinks. Runners then make their way down on single track passing herds of antelope and Giraffe before arriving at Garden of Eden. This last 5 km section takes runners home along a handmade track under beautiful trees along the river bank before arriving at the finish at Emseni.
Day 2 - 15km
A much easier day starts with a fun ride in a traditional taxi to the top of a hill to reach our secret start destination for Day 2. This is a traditional cattle and irrigation farm so the runners get to run through maize fields and passed herds of cattle grazing in the pastures. After a small climb, they then run down through thick African bushveld on purpose made single tracks and passing large fields of aloes all the way back to the river crossing at a bridge before finishing at the race village.
Never run the Oxpecker? Here is some feedback regarding the trails.
"Best experience ever. Both days completely different from each other but spectacular nonetheless." Jamie Lodge
"Being a novice I loved that there was enough of a challenge for the fit yet we could all compete & enjoy the challenge. Felt safe but never out of my depth - beautiful scenery. I am a walker & my husband a runner great we could compete together." Kerry Harper
More information: www.theoxpecker.co.za/
Em'seni Camp, R600, Winterton, Winterton