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Join us on Sunday 22 March 2020 for the Nuweberg VWS Trail Challenge on the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, just outside Grabouw.

You will traverse the pristine trails of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and experience firsthand the wonder of the Fynbos which sustains our mountain water catchment areas.

Challenge yourself with a 22km or 10km route in some of the most breathtaking vistas the Overberg region has to offer.

The VWS Nuweberg Trail Challenge 2020 follows a most successful inaugural event in November 2018, and is designed to test the mettle of avid trail runners and causal runners (and walkers) alike, as you traverse the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains.

You will experience pristine Fynbos and breath-taking vistas as you navigate the trails we have chosen for you.

Run and organised entirely by Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) volunteer wildland firefighters, all proceeds go towards the VWS, an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our mountain catchments and natural heritage.

We receive no official or municipal funding, and all funds are used for operational and logistical expenses to fight wildfires. These funds are raised by our volunteers, via donations or events such as this race.

The event offers runners a chance to do two routes: ±22km or ±10km, with the race start and finish at Cape Canopy Tours, Grabouw at Nuweberg in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.

Should you not be able to participate, donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

You can also purchase a Volunteer Wildfire Services Proud Supporter buff to wear on the day (and at all your other races), and show your support for our cause.

Distance: ±22km Route

Entry fee: Early Bird Special – R260 (Regular entry fee – R280)

Start: 07h30 (Mandatory briefing at 07h15)

Final cut-off: 12h00

Runners should be self-sufficient.

Compulsory kit

  • Cell phone (emergencies only: 071 331 4927) stored in a Ziplock bag
  • Limited water on route. Hydration pack essential.
  • Race Number
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Space blanket

Recommended kit

  • Food/snacks
  • Sun protection

Distance: 10km Route

Entry fee: Early Bird Special – R180 (Regular entry fee – R195)

Start: 08h00 (Briefing at 07h45)

Cut off: 11h30

Compulsory kit

  • Cell phone (emergencies only: 071 331 4927) stored in a Ziplock bag
  • Race Number

Recommended kit

  • Limited water on route. Hydration pack recommended.
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Food/snacks
  • Sun protection

Race Number Collections

Cape Canopy Tours, Grabouw

Saturday 21 March 14:00-17:00

Sunday 22 March 05:00-07:00


There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for the 10km and the 22km race. There will also be a number of spot prizes, for which all entrants running on the day will be eligible.