Ox Pecker Trail Run



Oxpecker Itineray 2024

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Weather in May

Chilly mornings but heats up to about 28 degrees during the day, very cold in the evenings.

Do I need to bring cash?

Yes, there is no ATM, we are in the bush! We do have card facilities however the bush signal can be temperamental.

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Standard Kudu
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Self Camping
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YAY this must mean the time has come to start your journey! Remember the weekend starts right now, so we suggest you ignite that light and energy of yours, drive safely and “Be where your feet are”.

Come on, we can’t wait to meet you!!
Spoen and dad.

Both routes please be aware of potholes in the final 10km before arriving at our race village

From Durban: (2.5 hours)

Take the N3 to Johannesburg and enjoy the drive. After about 2 hours of being on the N3, you will come across the Ultra-City Garage near Estcourt.

Suggested offramp – Take exit 194 onto the R74, Bergville off-ramp on the left. At the top of the off-ramp go left to Bergville/Winterton. Drive for 22km. Travel through Winterton (if you’re going to pop in to the shops we suggest Simmies OK rather than Spar) and about 1km after the town, take the R600 road to the right. The venue is about 20 km on the R 600 just after the river on the right hand side.

Should your GPS want to take you further on the highway, it is okay don’t panic as there is another route! DO NOT TAKE the Colenso offramp but rather carry on past to the Exit 230 onto the N11 and turn RIGHT. Travel for 4.5 km and turn RIGHT onto the R600. 12km on this road and the venue will be on your left.

From Johannesburg: (3.5 hours)

Take the N3 to Durban. Go through the Tugela Plaza (at the bottom of Van Reenen’s Pass) Approx. 12 km, take Exit 230 off-ramp to Bergville. At the top of the ramp TAKE THE LEFT TOWARDS LADYSMITH. (Not Bergville.) About 4.5km along this road turn onto the R 600 to the right. Travel for about 12 km and we are on the left hand-side, just before the bridge.


This is where we welcome you to our nest!


In 2024 our entrance for registration will be done differently. All runners regardless of accommodation option, will need to park their car and come to our festive registration, from there you will be given a wristband and this will then give you access to the race village. To gain access onto the property, you will either need to be a registered runner or supporter.

Our fun Race pack collection opens at 2pm on Friday all at the race village. Please park your car, come have a sherry shot and bring lots of energy to our race pack collection. Here you will meet our friendly team who will verify you with your ID and will receive the correct 2024 wristband as per your accommodation choice. You will receive your goodie bag and timing chip as well as your tent number. You will then scan your timing chip and choose whether you’d like to take part in one of our FUN running categories, see info here! All runners and supporter packages will need to be picked up here, in person.

From there you will go back to your car and grab your bags and sleeping katunda and head to your tent. Please note: there will be security checking bands at the entrance to the venue. Runners and supporters cannot gain access into the race village/tented area without a band.

Staying in an Em’seni room

The runner who booked the room will receive one vehicle pass. One vehicle, per chalet may gain access. All runners in the vehicle will be checked to make sure they have the correct accommodation band in order to drive to the chalet.

Self camping

Runners who are self camping will receive a different coloured wristband to identify that they are self camping and each vehicle will be checked, confirming all runners/ supporters have the correct band on, so please make sure each runner selects self camping. Tickets for self camping are bought per person so please make sure each of your crew have bought a ticket.

Staying in an Oxpecker or Kudu tent

Runners who are staying in these tents will come back to registration with your bags and jump on the tractor shuttle which will drop you off at the correct area.

Staying in Kingfisher camp

Runners who are staying in Kingfisher camp will receive a key for their tent as well as one vehicle pass. This will give you access to park closer to your tent. Security will confirm your vehicle by checking your vehicle pass.

Staying in a Fish Eagle tent

Rhe runner who booked the tent will receive one vehicle pass. One vehicle, per tent may gain access.



We are a fun and organised crew but there are somethings that really upset us, so please keep the peace by abiding to these non-negiotiables:

Massage bookings

Bookings are open for the Oxpecker, please email : oxpeckermassage@gmail.com

Available from 6.30am on both Saturday and Sunday and during the day on Saturday at 3.30pm and 7pm.


We are a family run event and cannot wait for you to come and feel a part of it. No one is grumpy here!