Klipspringer Challenge 2020

Augrabies: Place of Great Noise (Khoi)

COVID-19 Update – Postponement

As you probably by now expect, we are sorry to inform you that the race will not be going ahead as scheduled on 2 & 3 May 2020.

Following in-depth consultation with the Park Management at the Augrabies Falls National Park, and in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic as well as South Africa’s State of Disaster and countermeasures as announced by President Ramaphosa last night, we are in absolute agreement that the correct decision is to postpone the race. The new Race Weekend will be 5 & 6 September 2020.

We apologise profusely for the disappointment and inconvenience this will surely cause, but we are also sure you will agree with us when we say that now is the time for us as a community and as a country to join hands, hearts and resources to come together to do whatever we can to protect those most vulnerable among us, and to make sure that this thing does not beat us! 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to shout. In the meantime, stay safe, stay strong and stay Proudly South African. Wash your hands and stay home, it’s just for a while.


Following on from the overwhelmingly successful running of the 2-day stage format over the last two years, we are pleased to say that the 2-Day Klipspringer Challenge 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+-32km
Day Two+-33km
Klipspringer Lite 
Day One+-21km
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 2020 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:

Enter Now

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

      1. Hi Maggie. Replied directly via email. A strong hiker could probably manage the Lite but not the Challenge. There are cut-offs in place for safety purposes. Refer to the Maps & Profile under The Trails here – you would need to be through the last Checkpoint by 14h00 on Day One and 15h00 on Day Two. Hope that helps. Regards, Warren

    1. Hi Leneille. Replied directly via email. A strong hiker could probably manage the Lite but not the Challenge. There are cut-offs in place for safety purposes. Refer to the Maps & Profile under The Trails here – you would need to be through the last Checkpoint by 14h00 on Day One and 15h00 on Day Two. Hope that helps. Regards, Warren

  1. Hi Dawid. Everybody is invited to come and run 🙂 You just have to enter here – check out the ENTER NOW button on the left hand side of this page. Please just shout if you have any difficulties. Regards,
    Warren

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