The inaugural iKhulu Trail Run was a lot of fun and a great success! Runners got to experience the pristine beaches and amazing trails of the beautiful Maputaland, some of which are situated in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Things kicked off with the RedRock King and Queen of the Mountain – a 1.5km prologue to shake out the legs after the days travel. This was the only time anything was timed over the course of the event and only because there were two cases of RedRock craft beer at stake. After a race to the top of the mountain, the group enjoyed sundowners and a walk back to camp as the sun was setting.


Over the next 3 days the real running began with distances of 30km, 44km and 24km, tracing beautiful and isolated beaches where only lone fishermen could be found. Off the beach, trails passed Lake Sibaya, South Africa’s largest freshwater lake and meandered through the local communities with single tracks piercing the coastal forests and rolling grasslands. A rich and diverse mix of the natural surroundings.


The trails were stunning and you can see the pictures for yourself on our Facebook page (@theruncosa) or on our website (


Evening entertainment included the screening of trail running films (including the humorous How to Run 100 Miles) and an inspirational talk from guest speaker Ryno Griesel, who shared his experience of running The Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal with Ryan Sandes.


Results – Unlike many trail events, The iKhulu Trail Run has no results. Instead, the objective is to submerse you in a beautiful location where you have time to take in the amazing views and enjoy trail running as an experience and not a race.


There were however lots of prizes thanks to The RedRock Brewing Company, Spot Africa, Racefood, Hoka One One and Arnica Ice.


Next years date:

28 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

Early Bird special R8,495 offer available until Sunday 15 Dec.

Ikhulu Trail Run – Photo credit: Reblex Photography

Ikhulu Trail Run – Photo credit: Reblex Photography