3 Days
Age recommendations

Thrilling trail running adventure in the Drakensberg

So you love trail running but you are looking for an alternative to the more serious racing scene- then you will love our Cathedral Peak Trail running adventure in the Drakensberg Mountains. Our tours are designed to allow novice trail runners the opportunity to challenge themselves in places you’ve always wanted to go but just never knew how or where to do them.

How fit do I need to be?

Our routes can be adapted to a variety of ability levels. But to gain full advantage of what we have to offer, it would be preferable if participants were able to run 10km on a reasonably easy trail.

So what is the Cathedral Peak Trail Running adventure all about?

The experienced trail running team from South Africa Adventures will take care of all the planning and logistics so you’ don’t have to. We also take care of all your catering and accommodation needs. I mean, let’s admit it; there is nothing better than a warm hearty meal and hot shower to look forward to after a challenging run in the mountains-And of course a beer or 10 around a roaring campfire.

Trail Running Adventure in the DrakensbergThe Plan

The Cathedral Peak Trail Running Adventure is led by one of South Africa’s elite trail running experts, Bruce Arnett. You will have full access to his full knowledge of this incredible sport gained over his 20 year career. He will guide you through everything you ever wanted about trail running from training regimes, to recovery, proper nutrition, injury prevention, stride length and foot placement.

What routes do we take?

We run from the Didima campsite as our base in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg. This location allows access to a variety of trails that lead immediately into beautiful mountainous terrain and which are clear and runnable. The routes vary between 8 km with 400m of vertical ascent and 36 km with over 2600 m of ascent.

Best time of the year to go?

Well, basically anytime. In winter you will have to endure the cold. In summer you may have to endure either the heat or rain. Either way, a minor setback in the grander scheme of things. The incredible beauty of trail running in the Cathedral Peak area of the Drakensberg will definitely make up for any temporary discomfort.

Our tours begin and end in Johannesburg (self-drive options available)


Day 1

Travel day. Our scheduled trail running adventure to Cathedral peak leaves Johannesburg at 05h30. We take the 5 hour drive down to the Didima Camp site. Upon arrival, we get you settled into your tents and have an hour or so to chill out before our first scheduled run for the day. At 14H00 we head out on a 10km round trip with about 500m ascent.-A nice easy warm up run.  When you get back to camp, it’s a hot shower, a beer or 5 and dinner.

Day 2

Wake up call at 05H30. Breakfast is served at 06h00. Runners should be ready to rock n roll by 06H30. The route options will be decided on the day depending on the group dynamics and fitness levels. Options include:
  1. 36km circular route with an altitude gain of 2600m
  2. 20km out and back route with an altitude gain of 1800m
  3. 10km circular route with an altitude gain of 550m
  4. 8km out and back with an altitude gain of 400m
  5. Any combination of the above. We can alter and combine these routes and others dependent on group ability.
  6. When you get back to camp, it’s a hot shower, a beer or 5 and dinner.

Day 3

Wake up call at 05H30. Breakfast is served at 06h00. Runners should be ready to rock n roll by 06H30. We will run routes from the routes mentioned on day 2 that were not done. Aim to be done and dusted by 14H00. Then it’s a shower and we head on back to Johannesburg by 14H30 to arrive at 19H30.

Incredible Drakensberg Scenery

Knowledge and training advice from one South Africa’s top trail runners- Bruce Arnett

Full logistic support including catering, accommodation and transport

Authentic South African Trail Running experience.

Multiple route options catering for all ability levels

Return transfers from Johannesburg
2 Nights’ tented accommodation in Didima campsite
All park fees
Breakfasts lunch and dinners
Daily trail runs
Basic first aid kit
Guide for the duration of the tour
Dedicated Trip Planner
Local Taxes

Flights and airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Visas for South Africa
Health requirements (if any)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Snacks, personal medicine
Meals & drinks not specified

Trail Running Adventure in the Drakensberg

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
September 17, 2019

Beautiful experience

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