Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)

Following on from the overwhelmingly successful introduction of the new format, we are pleased to say that the 2-Day Klipspringer Challenge Stage Race is here to stay. More trails, more desert, more blood, sweat & tears, more exhilaration, more fun….

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
Day One+-33km
Day Two+-32km
Klipspringer Lite
Day One+-21km
Day Two+-19km

Both days Start and Finish at the Augrabies Falls National Park Rest Camp. Day One involves a crossing of the mighty Orange River upriver of the Falls, with the bulk of the routes being run in the pristine and remote Northern Section of the Park, taking runners through landscapes that might very well have never seen human footprints before. Despite some tough technical sections and the odd quad-busting climb, faster runners will relish the outstanding going as they race through this special piece of the Kalahari. Day Two is run entirely in the Southern Section of the Park and encompasses the traditional SANParks 3-day Klipspringer Hiking Trail. This is tough and technical but exhilarating desert running, rewarding runners with some of the most spectacular landscapes and scenery our planet has to offer, including some breathtaking trails along the edge of the famous Orange River Canyon.

Klipspringer 2019 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 the link below for further details:

Preferential Entries Only

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

  1. Hi Warren, would you be able to provide a google earth, gpx or similar file that could be uploaded to a GPS unit of the Lite route?
    Thanks in advance. Cheers, Thorsten

    1. Hi Saskia, no, it’s over one day. This year the Mens Winner and Runner-up came in under three hours 😮

    1. Thanks. When will the details on the 2018 race be available?
      When do you anticipate for the entries to open?

  2. Hey Marina,
    Still finalising the second-day routes so I can’t tell you the exact times just yet, BUT the principles will be the same as before for BOTH races for BOTH days, which is that you’ll pretty much get full daylight to finish, which at that time of year is approx 10hrs 🙂 so plenty of time!
    Hope that helps.
    Regards,
    Warren

  3. Hi Ismail, there are a number of good accommodation options in the area but without doubt the best for the actual race would be to stay in the Park itself 054 452 9200.
    Hope that helps,
    Warren

  4. Hi we are in for lite race. Are there any route or plan for training? Maybe in augrabies, Upington or Kathu. We are a group of Spaniards adn Italian based n kathu.

    Thanks.
    Cheers.

  5. Hi Warren ,trying to enter the 2 day challenge , but the website only offers me an option for the Lite. Please advise . Thanks

  6. Hey Mariette I saw your entry come through so it looks like you’re sorted? Give me a shout if you still need help.
    Regards,
    Warren

  7. Hi Warren,
    My name is Jaime Sancho and I have enrolled to the Klipspringer Lite ( one day ) I would like also to enroll to the second day. I mean, full race ” KLIPSPRINGER lite”( two days in all ). I wanted to do by internet by I could not do it so How can I enroll to the complete race ?

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