The Route

The Oxpecker Trail Run

Day 1 – 20km


Starting along the banks of the Tugela river the route follows cattle tracks slowly meandering to the base of Spioenkop Mountain. The climbing begins on a well-worn purpose made single track making running easier as the runners and walkers make their way towards the summit of Twin Peaks passing under beautiful acacia trees and aloes. After soaking up the incredible views from the summit the runners then traverse along the top before arriving at Water point 1 manned by a group of festive ladies who have climbed up the previous day taking up all the food and drinks. Runners then make their way down on single track passing herds of antelope and Giraffe before arriving at Garden of Eden. This last 5 km section takes runners home along a handmade track under beautiful trees along the river bank before arriving at the finish at Emseni.

Waterpoints: There will be two waterpoints on this day.

Oxpecker Day-1-2017
An absolutely awesome event and this was an inaugural edition! Most events never attain this quality. Clive Hogarth

Day 2 – 16km


A much easier day starts with a fun ride in a traditional taxi to the top of a hill to reach our secret start destination for  Day 2. This is a traditional cattle and irrigation farm so the runners get to run through maize fields and passed herds of cattle grazing in the pastures. After a small climb they then run down through thick African bush veld on purpose made single tracks and passing large fields of aloes all the way back to the river crossing at a bridge before finishing at the race village.

Waterpoint: There will be one waterpoint on this day.

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Epic event! Loved the 15km trail! Well organized! Squiggy Scotcher
Day 2 - 16km

This promises to be an epic event and one you don’t want to miss!

Run around the historic Spioenkop Mountain and along the banks of the powerful Tugela River all with a view of the Drakensberg.