Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)

New Klipspringer 2018 2-day stage format:

Following on from the overwhelming success of our first couple of years we have listened to our Klipspringer fans and have added MORE!! More trails, more desert, more blood, sweat & tears, more exhilaration, more fun….

The weekend of 28 & 29 April 2018 will see the introduction of our brand new two-day stage race format opening up even more of the magnificent Augrabies Falls National Park and incredible Kalahari. You will be running in places that very few humans have even seen!

The last few details of the new routes are still being finalized but this is what we can tell you now – the unbelievable trails that made up the original Klipspringer Challenge & Klipspringer Lite remain to thrill and kill you on Day Two, while Day One will be made up of spectacular brand new trails that in all likelihood have never seen a human footprint. Overall approximate distances will be as follows:

Klipspringer Challenge
Day One +-25km
Day Two +-35km
Klipspringer Lite
Day One +-17km
Day Two +-18km

Klipspringer 2018 One Day ONLY

Entrants will have the option to enter One Day ONLY at a reduced Entry Fee. Entrants will be able to select from either Day One or Day Two only of either the Challenge or the Lite. One Day ONLY Entry Fees do NOT include a free Race Shirt but will allow the option for purchase. Please see https://www.klipspringerchallenge.co.za/one-day-only/ for further details

Entries open 1 October 2017! Space is limited.

In the heart of the spectacularly desolate Northern Cape lies one of the continent’s true wonders of nature. As the mighty Orange River makes its way inexorably to the cold Atlantic Ocean, it winds its way through the scorching desert and the lunar landscapes of Augrabies. Forcing its way through a narrow granite gorge, it tumbles 56 metres in one of world’s biggest waterfalls by volume of water before continuing along through the spectacular sheer-walled canyon carved out of golden rock over hundreds of millions of years.

Long a favourite on the South African calendar, the renowned but challenging Klipspringer Hiking Trail has provided intrepid and tough hikers the unique opportunity to experience this unspoilt desert wilderness first hand and close up.

Now you can run the Klipspringer Trail!

Recognising the love and passion that trail runners have for the natural environment, and appreciating the increasing role that they play in conservation initiatives around the country, SAN Parks and the management of the Augrabies Falls National Park are thrilled to invite a very limited group of runners once a year to test themselves against the magnificently gruelling canyon and desert environment that is home to the Augrabies Falls Klipspringer Challenge.

Race Summary

Klipspringer Challenge

Showcasing the very best of desert trail running, the 40km Klipspringer Challenge provides runners with a fantastic balance. The race starts with some tough technical up-and-downs in the early sections as runners make their way along the canyon top, followed by a steep rocky climb down to the bottom of the canyon and some spectacularly brutal boulder hopping along the banks of the river as they make their way through the magnificent granite cliffs of the ancient Orange River Canyon. Runners will then be greeted with energy sapping desert riverbed sandtraps leading out of the canyon, and exhilaratingly fast Kalahari trails to take them home, through the foreboding Swart Rante with their exquisite Quiver Trees and Camelthorns, over the unforgettable Moon Rock to the Finish. Although the Race Weekend has been chosen carefully, desert heat could always be a factor and Compulsory Equipment and Water requirements are critical. In addition to some of the best and toughest trail running conditions on the planet, runners will be rewarded with unbelievable scenery and very possibly sightings of the native Springbok and Gemsbok that make the Park their home, as well as, of course, the race namesake, the awesome and agile Klipspringer. Those runners that take the time to enjoy a quick dip in the cool and mighty Orange River (recommended!) are likely to do so to the unmistakable haunting cry of the resident Fish Eagles.

Klipspringer Lite

The 21km Klipspringer Lite provides runners with a spectacular and challenging taste of true desert trail running. The course essentially follows the route of the Challenge for approximately 9km, throwing up some tough technical ups and downs in between some great running trails along the top of the canyon. At this “midpoint” runners will be greeted by the very welcome sights of a fully stocked hydration station and some of the most incredible views over one of the world’s most dramatic sheer granite river canyons. Here the Challenge continues down into the canyon while the Lite turns away to join the wonderfully fast trail heading home, taking them through some exquisite indigenous Kalahari Camelthorn and Quiver Tree landscape, up and over the unforgettable Moon Rock towards the Finish.

37 thoughts on “Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)”

    1. Howzit Andre, We’re finalising the exact distance for the race route but are working on around 40km. Keep an eye on the website / FB page for updates.
      Thanks,
      Warren

  1. Hi Helena,
    Thanks for the query (and suggestion 🙂 ). Unfortunately first year we’re keeping it simple and focusing on the one main event. Sorry about that. BUT I will say that if you’re thinking of 21km, you can just up it to the 40km!! You’ll have the full day to finish (and trust me there’s a fair bit of pure hiking anyway – or at least for me there is!). Give me a shout if you want to ask any more questions on this.
    Regards,
    Warren

  2. Hey Petri, Sunday 1st May 2016, start +-07h00 (it’s a long weekend – the Monday 2nd may is a public holiday).
    Regards,
    Warren

  3. Hi Warnell. Thanks for the inquiry. The standard Entry Fee is R1450. As an inaugural race we have put in place a significant Early Bird Entry Fee of R1100 for entries submitted and paid before 17 January 2016. Entry fees include the fully supported and marked trail, including well stocked hydration and nutrition stations, emergency medical support, specially designed technical Race shirts from Anatomic, medals for all finishers, lunch for runners at the end of the race, and SANParks’s daily Conservation Fees. Please don’t hesitate with any more questions. Thanks,
    Warren

  4. Hi I’m keen for the race,
    Can you recommend any accommodation close to the race venue,

    I will be coming from Pretoria

    Kind regards
    Nick

    1. Howzit Nick.
      Cool! If you’re doubling up the run with a romantic weekend or something there are a couple of places that are quite close that look awesome! Message me at the info@klipspringerchallenge.co.za and I’ll give you names if you want. Otherwise the chalet accommodation in the Park itself is fantastic. Also super convenient – step out your chalet and walk to the Start / Finish, and also very well priced (AND we’ve negotiated a runner’s discount – quote the race and/or the “King discount” – just my name, not anything royal – when you make a reservation). Give me a shout if there are any more questions.
      Regards,
      Warren

  5. Hey Lou, still to be fully finalised, but Start will be at +-07h00 and Finish cut-off will be +-17h00. Enough time for a swim in the river 🙂
    Regards,
    Warren

  6. Hi Ledivia,

    Thanks for the inquiry.

    Very roughly, the first water station will be at about 12km in from the Start, and the second will be at about the 25km mark. This means you don’t have to carry full water from Start to Finish, but it is still the desert and you WILL need to carry some of your own water supplies – it will be part of the Compulsory Equipment that we will require all runners to adhere to, specifically a MINIMUM of 1.5L of water at the Start.

    You will be able to drink and to fill up hydration packs at the water stations, but we will be strict about the safety concerns involved in Extreme Desert Trail Running, so you will be required to be somewhat self-sufficient.

    Hope this helps. Give me a shout if you have any more questions.

    Regards,
    Warren

  7. Hi Warren

    Can you hike the run / hike / walk & still finish within the time, or do you need to run a fair amount of it?

  8. Hi Bernice, It’s difficult to say without knowing how fast the person generally runs / hikes / walks 🙂 (or how often they stop). My own personal experience, and I am NOT a fast runner but am pretty good at keeping moving without stopping, is that with running the very roughly 50% of the total distance that I found comfortably runnable, and hiking the rest (for example the boulder-hopping along the river) I would be looking at anything from 7 to 8hrs (and cut off is 10hrs).
    Hope that helps.
    Regards,
    Warren

  9. Howzit John! We have an overall limit with SANParks for overall numbers of 200, which we might be allowed to go slightly higher with the introduction of the Lite. In terms of limit PER race we’ll balance it out between the two and see how we’re looking closer to the time. Hope this helps.
    Regards,
    Warren

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