Grootvadersbosch Trail Challenge. 6 July 2019

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Final run info for Saturday 6 July. Click here.

A change to previous years:

Both the 34km and 15km runs will take place on the same day. The run will also start and finish inside the GVB Reserve at the GVB Cottages. 8 years ago, this was where this run originated/started/finished – since then, Cape Nature revamped/rebuilt the old, dilapidated wooden huts and replaced it with Eco friendly cottages and also upgraded the road in and out to this venue which means one can now get in and out with a normal sedan vehicle – even in rainy conditions.

Distance options:

  • 34km – 6km Indigenous forest trail followed by 28km, awesome Mountain trails via Boosmansbos with incredible views.
  • 15km – A split between indigenous forest trails and lower mountain trails with stunning views over Saagkuilskloof and some of the other valleys below Boosmansbos.


  • 34km – R980.00 per person. Including delicious soup and fresh rooster-brood lunch, prize-giving dinner [Meat/Veg potjie], branded race cap and CNC [Cape Nature Concervation] fees/permits and a finish line, custom made/branded wood/coffee coaster.
  • 15km –  R550.00 per person. Includes, as per detail above.
  • If you have non runner friends, family, kids whom will join you and you wish to order lunch/dinner for them on the Saturday, please send us an email – –  with your request [Veg/Meat, qty, your name and surname] We’ll let you know the rest:-)

Catering cost for non runners – R240.00. Lunch and dinner incl.

Entry requirements :

Participants have to be trail running fit, carry the stipulated equipment and be over the age of 18 to enter the 34km option.

Compulsory kit for 34km: There will be a kit check at the start.

  • Cell phone – please save the numbers of the event organizer & sweepers on route which will be available at registration
  • At least 2L water capacity
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof rain jacket. The rain jacket must have a hood and long sleeves. What will happen if you don’t have one? You will not be allowed to run. Don’t get confused between a “Waterproof rain jacket” as described above and a wind shell… 
  • Mini First Aid kit – See detail below.
  • If it’s cold and wet weather you may also need to carry a long sleeve base layer and tights – bring it with. It can get REALLY cold higher up on the long route!
  • Please note that due to the altitude, deep valleys and various mountain ranges, the weather conditions are unpredictable. You must ensure that you are fully prepared.

Compulsory kit for 15km: There will be a kit check at the start.

  • Cell phone – please save the numbers of the event organizer & sweepers on route which will be available at registration
  • At least 1L water capacity
  • Whistle
  • Wind-shell. In case of rain you need to have a Waterproof rain jacket with hood and long sleeves. 
  • Space blanket.

MINI FIRST AID KIT: 34km runners

  • Space blanket
  • Stretch bandage plaster – for sprains. 7cm width minimum
  • Steri strips – for cuts
  • Wound dressing – for larger wounds. 10cm width minimum
  • Strapping tape. Small roll.
  • Anti histamine tablets – allergies, bee/insect stings
  • Anti inflammatory tablets
  • Antiseptic cream. Small tube.
  • Medical details in a ziplock bag – Alergies/Blood group/Emergency contact name, relationship, tel number  –  Very important/safety App – MySoS is a free App. A highly recommended Application for your cell phone. It works on Android and Apple devices. It’s available in the Google Play Store. It is easy to use and can be used where-ever you are. Please ensure you understand how it works once you’ve downloaded it  – an easy, straightforward app. Only to be used in serious situations.

Rules & Regulations

  • Ipods/ear phones/music devices are not allowed during the run.
  • Every runner must carry a card on route with their own personal contact details, medical aid  details, blood group, emergency contact details, doctor etc
  • Should you encounter an emergency and / or injured runner on route, please assist them and contact one of the emergency numbers above – both to be saved in your phone. Ensure battery is fully charged.
  • All persons entering the races will only be allowed to partake if the indemnity form is signed and you are fully aware that partaking in these events is done so entirely at your own risk.
  • The organizing bodies/employees/agents or any other persons/organizations/establishments or other personnel involved with the event shall not be liable for any damage, loss, theft, injury, accident or death suffered by any person, howsoever caused, prior to the event, during the event or after the event.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, the organizing bodies/authorities will use their discretion and follow procedures deemed necessary for evacuation and /or medical assistance thereof.
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances or severe weather conditions, the organizer/s may be  entitled to change routes and in extreme cases, cancel the event/s at any given time. The  event/s may or may not be postponed to another date.
  • In the event of cancellation of any event/s, cancellation fees will not be refundable.
    Stick to the existing trails and do not take short cuts
  • Do not tamper with the vegetation or stray off the trail
  • Do not litter.
  • No pets allowed in the reserve.

Cancellations :

Entries are only refundable if a valid medical certificate is provided for an injury or illness that wont allow you to partake.  This is valid until  20 June 2019 – thereafter Reserve/permit/catering cost will be taken off the refundable amount plus a R100.00 admin fee. You may also transfer your entry to another runner – in this case we will wave the admin charge. Medical/health substitutions deadline – 30 June 2019.

Water Points on route:

Mountain streams with drinkable water “may be” available on route – never guaranteed for the longer route.

Directions to venue:

From Cape Town

* Take N2 towards Swellendam
* Pass Swellendam
* Turn left onto R324 Suurbraak / Barrydale
* Travel through Suurbraak
* Road becomes R322 (Heidelberg)
* Follow R322 for approximately another 24km, following Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve signs. You will reach the reserve entrance at the end of this road.

From Mossel Bay

* From the N2, turn right onto R322, Barrydale
* Follow the road for 18km until you reach a fork in the road
* Veer right, following the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve signs. You will reach the reserve entrance at the end of this road.

Accommodation situated close to the Reserve

Please arrange and book your own accommodation

Self- catering, B & B’s, Nature Reserve cottages, camping situated close to the reserve Self catering cottage for 8 pax, camp sites, available in Grootvadersbosch nature reserve 7 bed cottage next to nature reserve B&B’s and Self-catering – Heidelberg area. Contact 0793350269.

* Brackenhills Farm, next to Grootvadersbosch – 3 fully equipped double units – Phone Simon and Lee Neville on 0832327657 or 0834338728 –

*Richard by Swellen2 Farm Lodge
Tel: 028 5142199 of sel 074 284 7077

* Aan de Kanal Oppie Hoek B&B
* Arista Cottage
* Big Cob Chalets
* The Blue House
* De Heidel
* Diepkloof River Lodge
* Melkboom Guest House
* Oppie Hoek B&B
* Ouma’s Villa
* Rusthoff Guest House
* Struisvogel B&B
* The Bungalow
* The Gables
* The River Cottage B&B
* Uncle Happy’s B&B
* Willowtree Cottage
* Xairu B&B
Camping and Caravaning
Guest Farms
* Anna’s Farm B&B

* Mon Desir Game Farm

* Struisvogel Guest Farm
* Carol Alexander – Cantate Homestay
* Helen Hendricks – Helen’s Homestay
* Lizomien Joseph – Betanie Homestay
* Lisa Joubert – Maranata Homestay
Contact person: Carol Alexander
* Heidelberg Hotel

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