Oorlogskloof Trail run
Sat 2 May 2020, 07:00 @ Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape


Organiser
Quantum Adventures


ENTRIES CLOSE:  24 April 2020 or once we’ve reached the 150 entry limit - whichever happens first.

DISTANCES:

  • 16km  – Senior,  Vet, Masters  – Male / female categories
  • 42km  –  Senior,  Vet, Masters  – Male / female categories

OORLOGSKLOOF – NATURES INSPIRATION:  

THE RUN

Total altitude gain over 42km =  1500m

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. A Magnificent Wilderness. Rich in history.

The run routes follows a combination of hiking trails. The variety is simply relentless with pristine beauty to match.

Names like Draaikraal, Granaatdraai, Donkiestasie, Arrie se Punt, Pramkoppie and numerous others marks areas of significance including ancient burial sites on route. There are plenty natural rock shelters along the route. 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. 2-3 herds of 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!

 

CATERING FOR NON RUNNERS - You can select the correct option as an option on the entry system.

We can cater for non-runners

R650.00 pp  incl permits plus 2 nights camping and catering:

  • Sat morning coffee, rusks and cereal/oats,
  • Saturday lunch potjie,
  • Saturday dinner braai,
  • Sunday farm style breakfast.

OR

  • if you have your own place to stay/accommodation outside of the reserve

R470.00 pp incl permits plus catering – as above

Children under 7 years stay free.

If you would like to do the 42km  and have not done this event before, please let us know what similar, remote, wilderness type trail runs you’ve done in the last 3 years. If you’ve already run any of the Oorlogskloof runs above 5km, you would qualify automatically. [email protected]

Some examples:

  • Sky run
  • Addo 60/100
  • Otter
  • Cedarberg 40km-160km
  • Wartrail  – the trail running section of it
  • Grootvadersbosch
  • Berg & Beach – 27km mountain section
  • Hobbit 100
  • Rhodes
  • Mweni
  • Augrabies Extreme
  • Adventure racer types/expeditionary types of sorts could also qualify

There are several others – If you are unsure, drop Uge an email – [email protected]

Map and profiles at the bottom of this page

Limited pre entries only.

ENTRY OPTIONS:

  • 42km – R1650.00 per person. Staying at Groot Tuin and incl catering.
  • 42km – R1220.00 per person if you source your own accommodation. Catering still included at Groot Tuin.
  • 16km – R1190.00 per person. Staying at Groot Tuin and incl catering.
  • 16km – R980.00 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 dorm style. 2 dorms. One has 8 mattresses and the other one, 12. The 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. Caravans are not allowed and neither are large tents when it is only 2-3 of you camping - keep it real...

  • 2 nights camping accommodation – Friday and Saturday eve.  [bring your own tent and sleeping bag] or sleeping in a dorm styled thatched hut as mentioned above. First come first served!  Limited hut sleeping space. There are 6 x 3 man tents erected and only available for the long distance travelers/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…
  • Dinner – Braai with salads.
  • Breakfast on Sunday – Farm-style breakfast [Bacon, eggs etc]
  • An Adventure Run experience  too incredible to describe!
  • a Large boma styled fire at the enclosed lapa area. NO FIRES ALLOWED ANY OTHER PLACE
  • Reserve permits. With your entry for the run or for those extra catering folk, the reserve permit is included.
  •  A branded race cap. Please help us to help you, by entering early.

RACE START TIMES: [These times are provisional and may change slightly on the morning]

  • 42km – 07h00
  • 16km trail run – 07h30
  • 5km  fun run/walk – 07h45

START/FINISH: Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve – Groot Tuin Camp

RACE RULES: Pay attention to this as we do stringent kit checks before you start your run.

Please take careful note of these T’s & C’s  and  compulsory gear below is not negotiable

• Runners must be self sufficient and carry enough water and food to sustain them for the entire route. We will point out at what distances on the run you will find mountain/stream/fountain water
• You must carry a cell phone
• Mini first aid kit – You must be able to cover ankle twist/sprains/torn ligaments/head injuries/bruises/cuts/insect and spider bites/abrasions etc.
• You must carry an “emergency blanket”.
You must carry a “water proof” rain jacket WITH hood and long sleeves. The weather here is “unpredictable”
Head torch.
Long sleeve base layer. If it is cold weather bring a “fleece top”
• Runners must have a policy in place that will cover them in case of evacuation by air from the mountain to hospital etc. The area is remote and inaccessible by vehicle in most parts!
• If you have any adverse health condition, do not run! This is especially people with high blood pressure, heart conditions, lung conditions, flu, etc. If you’re a diabetic, asthma sufferer, allergic to bee stings etc. – ensure you take your required medication along. This also goes for people allergic to various bites, stings etc. – carry anti histamine tablets for this.
• You must carry a card with all your medical details on it such a Doctor’s telephone number, Medical insurance number, emergency telephone number and contact name, blood group, any allergies etc. This must be inside a sealed Ziploc bag and on your person.
• Each person must save this cell number on their phone – 082 658 3078 [Ugene Nel] for “emergency” use only. Reception is poor though!
Do not take short cuts – any person caught taking short cuts, littering, abusing other users in the reserve or any other place during the event will be disqualified.

Drinking water can be obtained from the Oorlogskloof River, springs and seasonal water in rock pools on the mountain. We will brief you beforehand re the water availability.

CANCELLATIONS / SUBSTITUTIONS:

Entry fees will only be refunded if a medical certificate for illness or injury can be provided which prohibits partaking in any event on this weekend. This is valid until the 15 April, thereafter the cost of catering, caps and reserve permits will be deducted from the refundable fee. In this case, you may also use your entry fee as a credit for any of our other runs in 2019 - valid for one year only - or you can transfer your entry to another runners [it is up to you to find a replacement] Substitutes are processed until and including 24 April 2020

Substitutions :  An admin fee of R100.00 will be charged for substitutions and any other admin changes.

OTHER INFO:

We’ve been helping the Reserve building “donkeys” for hot water and a functional venue. There are currently 6 showers – 3 male/female and pleased to hear that the ablutions are now FINALLY... nearing completion. The donkey system is still more reliable [always have hot water] than the newer, solar panel system...

ACCOMMODATION:

Nieuwoudtville is 340km 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 limited, comfortable, stylish accommodation – 0827737034. She also happens to be the lady who [with her Crew] makes all the awesome food every year!

DIRECTIONS:

Nieuwoudtville is 349km from Cape Town.

Directions to GROOT TUIN from Nieuwoudtville – Drive West after leaving town on the R27 for 6km. There is a sign board for Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve.
31°22’17.13″S and 19° 2’27.73″E

Stay on the dirt road for another 10km. You will go through a few gates to get here – Groot Tuin. 31°26’38.07″S and 19° 4’13.68″E

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN AND AROUND NIEUWOUDTVILLE

More information: www.quantumadventures.co.za/2019/02/02/oorlogskloof-mountaingorge-trail-run/


Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
MASTER MALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
MASTER FEMALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
SENIOR FEMALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
SENIOR MALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
VET FEMALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
VET MALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
MASTER FEMALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
MASTER MALE 42KM. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,220.00
SENIOR FEMALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
SENIOR MALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
VET FEMALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
VET MALE 42KM. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 42 km 07:00 R 1,650.00
16KM VET MALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM VET FEMALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM SENIOR MALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM SENIOR FEMALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM MASTER FEMALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM MASTER MALE. Incl catering/accom at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 1,190.00
16KM MASTER MALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00
16KM MASTER FEMALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00
16KM VET MALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00
16KM VET FEMALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00
16KM SENIOR MALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00
16KM SENIOR FEMALE. EXCLUDING accommodation at Oorlogskloof 16 km 07:30 R 980.00

Event location
Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve, Nieuwoudtville

Route information

Turn off the N7 at Vanrhynsdorp and head to Nieuwoudtville. The turn-off to Oorlogskloof is 6km before you reach the town. It is 10km from the tar road to the reserve on a dirt road.

Coordinates -31.371482708878, 19.040989418602
Address Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
City Nieuwoudtville
Province Northern Cape