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The Drakensberg! Africa’s premier mountain range, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geographical Wonder, international tourist attraction and South Africa’s prime outdoor adventure camping and hiking destination rolled into one. Stretching uninterrupted from the Western Cape to the Limpopo, these magical mountains have drawn brave minds, restless souls and hardy bodies in search of exercise, beauty and adventure for generations. Now it is time to raise the stakes, take off the gloves, shake off the fear and put on those trail shoes, as we bring one of the world’s newest and fastest growing adventure sports to one of the world’s most ancient and extreme environments with Runtheberg’s brand new Drakensberg Adventure Trails!

The Northern Berg, the heart of the country between the Highveld and the Indian Ocean, easily accessible to city-dwelling Gautengers starved for fresh air and outdoor adventure, beach-loving KZN-ers looking for some real elevation, and Free State farmers wanting to show off their toughness, is the perfect destination for staging what is fast becoming South Africa’s top 2-day, 2-stage trail running weekend. The format for the weekend will include 2 races – the intermediate Challenge Race at +-15km per day, and the tougher Extreme Race at +-25km per day.

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Entry Fees 2016

  • Runtheberg Challenge – R920
  • Runtheberg Extreme – R1150

The Best of Both Worlds

In addition, recognising the amount of time those of us who love chasing our outdoor passions spend alone away from our families and loved-ones in beautiful but remote and inaccessible locations, the Northern Berg offers participants an unrivalled opportunity to include their greatest supporters. Nestling in the shadow of the Amphitheatre is a range of world-class accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, where runners can relax in comfort recuperating between stages, and friends, families and children can take advantage of the wide range of activities especially on offer and be exposed to the true wonder that is our Drakensberg.



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  1. Hi Graham,
    We have put in place an earlier start for Day Two going forward. It is the geographically hotter day on the trails, and this El Nino weather looks like it may be around for a while. Unfortunately it is logistically impossible to start Day One any earlier, but luckily that doesn’t seem to be too much of the problem.
    See you next year!

  2. Hi

    We’re a group of 5 girls who would love to run. We were hoping that maybe you can suggest accommodation near by or the options offered by the event organizers.
    Thank you
    Hope to hear from you soon
    Kind regards

  3. I have tried to enter many times now and I can’t get past the part they
    Want me to enter my guardians details. I’m 40 yrs and didn’t tick the guardian box??? Please help. Thanks

    1. The entry fee for the Challenge is R920 and is for the race only. Runners can choose accommodation from all the places in the area. This is payable separately and directly to the accommodation venue. These are listed on the accommodation page. I will also send you a list via email.
      Kind regards

  4. Hi Beth,
    Sorry for the delay in responding, but sometimes limited connectivity on the mountain trails 🙂 Essentially we work on the principle of giving runners all day to complete the course, only making sure that safety is paramount and that we never risk anybody getting stuck out on the trail in the dark. As such we have set a cut-off time for the last Checkpoints (5km-7km from the Finish) at 15h00.
    Any other questions just shout.

  5. Could you perhaps update your list of accommodation.
    I have tried all the places on your list and they are all fully booked.

    1. Hi Sandi,
      Sorry for the delay but we did some work on this question. By last info, as at this past weekend (26th June) there was still quite a bit of race weekend accommodation available at the Orion Mot-Aux-Sources Hotel, Drakensville and Little Switzerland resorts, as well as Windmill Bungalows and The Phatt Chef. Hope this helps.

  6. Hi Warren,

    I’d like to get a small group of friends together from EL for this run, it looks like such fun! Could you please send me some details of accommodation options, even close-to-start camp site options if possible. Much appreciated!


    1. Hey Clinton,
      Cool! You guys will love it. For a start check out the Accommodation Page on the website. Things are filling up fast but by last info, as at this past weekend (26th June) there was still quite a bit of race weekend accommodation available at the Orion Mot-Aux-Sources Hotel, Drakensville and Little Switzerland resorts, as well as Windmill Bungalows and The Phatt Chef. In addition there is great camping at the Royal Natal National Park campsites, which is no more than 15min away from the Race Village. Hope this helps. Don’t hesitate to give us a shout with any other questions you may have.

      1. Thanks Warren, this helps a lot! Especially for first timers in the Drakensberg.
        Also, when is the entry date cut off? and is there a limit to the number of entires for the Challenge race ? Thanks, Blessings!!

  7. Hi I have entered the race, but it will not let me pay 🙁

    Is there a waiting list to get into the race. I am so disappointed, I am hoping to get an entry.


    1. Dear Jocelyn
      I am sorry that we had a technical hitch on the registration program. There are still entries available. Please log on as usual.
      Kind regards

  8. Hi Warren – how long is your waiting list? My friend above did not get an entry and I already have mine – it will be no fun to do it alone so mine will become available for substitution if she can’t get a place. Please try for us as we have already booked and paid for accommodation. Many thanks

  9. Dear Di
    I am sorry that we had a technical hitch with the on line entries. It has now been resolved. There are still entries avaialable. Please ask your friends to log on as usual.

    Kind regards

  10. Good day

    1.How many kilometers are run each day ( km distance per day) . 2.what is the closing date for entries. and
    3.do you have a shuttle service or can you recommend one from Gauteng to the Berg.

    1. 1. There are 2 options for distances:
      Extreme Event: 25km per day
      Challenge Event: 15km per day

      2. Entries close mid Septmeber, or when we reach capacity, which will likely be by the end of July.

      3.I’m sorry that we don’t have a shuttle service that runs between Gauteng and the venue. The Bazz Bus comes to Amphiethatre Backpackers, but that is still about 20km from the Race Village and there isn’t a transfer service from the Back Packers to the race village.

    1. The planned start times are 7:00 for the Extreme and 8:00 for the challenge. These may be adjusted at the race organizers discretion

  11. Hi,

    Is it possible to just run one of the two days?

    If it is ok, how much will it cost if I want to do the Challenge race (but just the Saturday)?

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