Ecobound Mountain Events
Run the Leopard Trail; a beautiful track through the remote Kouga Mountains where the extent of your concerns with the modern world is the battery life of your GPS running watch. The three day trail run boasts a hippy vibe, with hearty South African meals prepared from locally produce setting the tone for a long weekend of eco-friendly living.
The weekend will kick off with a prologue, which can be undertaken from 8am to 4pm on the Friday. The 10 kilometre long prologue or “kloofing” route requires swimming and a scramble or two in order to reach the Cedar Falls waterfall and fill your Leopard Run bottle.
Stage 1, which takes place on the Saturday, is the big mountain day. 34 kilometres of scintillating mountain running through diverse landscapes of high passes and narrow gullies awaits the Leopard Run adventurers.
The third and final stage, on the Sunday, the flow of mountain meadows day, features a 23 kilometre long route; the option of a further kilometre of scenic detours. It provides a fitting end to the weekend’s mountain running with a mix of easily traversable and technical trails.
Come immerse yourself in the ancient landscapes and warm hospitality of the Baviaanskloof. Come run the Leopard Run and follow the spoor!
More information: leopardrun.co.za/
This event supports team entries for certain classes, but teams must consist of 2 participants per team.
Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event
|Class||Distance||Price (pp)||2 person team (pp)|
Own Accommodation - Solo Entry
You source your own accommodation on one of the neighbouring Guest Farms.
|67 km 10km, 34km, 23km - 3 Days||R 3,800.00||-|
Full Package Team Entry
Team of 2 share a Luxury Safari Dome Tent with bedding, 2 x stretcher beds and 2 x Safari Chairs.
|67 km 10km, 34km, 23km - 3 Days||-||R 4,400.00|
Full Package Solo Entry
Luxury Safari Dome Tent with bedding, 1 x stretcher bed and 1 x Safari Chair.
|67 km 10, 34, 23 km - 3 Days||R 4,900.00||-|
Cedarfalls Basecamp, Baviaanskloof, Baviaans Local Municipality
Directions to Cedar Falls Base Camp
Option A: Coming from Willowmore (1 hour travel time)
Head out from Willowmore on the N9 towards Uniondale. Three kilometers out of Willowmore, take the road on your left signposted “Baviaanskloof”. Keep going straight on this road for 31 km. At this point you will descend into the Nuwe Kloof Pass. From the bottom of the pass keep going on the road for another 7.4km, until you come to a road on your right hand side with the sign “Cedar Falls”. Take this road and keep going for 7 km. The road ends at Cedar Falls Basecamp.
Option B: Coming from Uniondale (1 hour 30 minutes travel time)
Head out of Uniondale on the N9 to Willowmore. After roughly 26 km turn right into a dirt road, with a sign board saying “Baviaanskloof / Vaalwater”. After 19.5 km you will come to a T junction, turn left following the “Baviaanskloof” sign. Keep going for 14.7 km, and then take a right at the T Junction, once again following the “Baviaanskloof” sign (it almost seems like a sharp U bend.) While on this road you will go through the magnificent Nuwe Kloof pass. From the bottom of the pass keep going on the road for another 7.4km, until you come to a road on your right hand side with sign “Cedar Falls”. Take this road and keep going for 7 km. The road ends at Cedar Falls Base Camp.
Option C: Coming from Patensie through the Baviaanskloof ( Travel time 4 to 5 hours – this route requires a 4×4 vehicle).
Leaving Patensie, head into the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. Travel through the reserve, keeping on the main dirt road. Once you have left the main stone gate of the Wilderness Area on the Western end near Sandvlakte, travel for another 59 km until you come to the turnoff to Cedar Falls on the left hand side. The turn off is sign posted to “Cedar Falls”. Take this road and keep going for 7 km. The road ends at Cedar Falls Base Camp. Please note this road takes about 6 hours from Patensie to Cedar Falls so please make sure you have enough time.
GPS Co-ordinates: 33*34’31.28”S and 23*42’57.33”E
|City||Baviaans Local Municipality|