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.
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)
- 36km circular route with an altitude gain of 2600m
- 20km out and back route with an altitude gain of 1800m
- 10km circular route with an altitude gain of 550m
- 8km out and back with an altitude gain of 400m
- Any combination of the above. We can alter and combine these routes and others dependent on group ability.
- When you get back to camp, it’s a hot shower, a beer or 5 and dinner.
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
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