4/5 May 2024 Klipspringer 2024 Northern Cape South Africa

Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)

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.

Klipspringer Challenge

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!

Klipspringer Challenge

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.

Klipspringer Challenge

Race Summary

Klipspringer Challenge 
Day One+-31km
Day Two+-33km
Klipspringer Lite 
Day One+-20km
Day Two+-18km

Day One Start and Finish is on the Northern bank of the Orange River near the fantastic Khamkirri Resort just outside the Park, while Day Two Start and Finish is on the Southern side of the River at the Augrabies Falls National Park Rest Camp. Day One is 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 Challenge
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12 thoughts on “Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)”

  1. When will the next event be held. What is the cost around this event.
    Accommodation: do we need to stay in the park, is there certain rules etc

  2. I keep trying to enter and I keep getting an error! Please respond to my emails. It’s urgent- it’s a birthday present.

      1. Hey Dave, The best place to start is to check out the Entries 2024, Race Info & Accommodation pages on the website here and then shout with any specific questions you have. In a nutshell the entry fee for the full Klipspringer Challenge is R2500, and for the Lite it is R1800. There are also One-Day Only options. For the race the most convenient accommodation is in the Park itself, or at Khamkirri on the other side of the river, but tere are loads of other options, many listed on the website. If you have any questions still please just email me directly. Hope that helps. Warren

  3. Good day
    We are running only day two..lite..

    How far apart do you have water points/tables and what will be presented on the tables?

  4. Hey Mechiel,
    For the 2nd day of the Lite the first Aid Station is at about 9km and the second one at about 14km. There will be water & Coke, plus a range of snacks (chips, sweets, fruit etc.). Check out the interactive maps under The Trails here on the website for more info but shout if you have any more questions.

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