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The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a spectacular trail and can be conquered as a series of day walks or over a full seven day period, starting at Beervlei in the upper reaches of the Park and ending at Harkerville in the East between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay or as the Outeniqua Quest Trail Run non stop.

This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts, a stop-over, for those endeavoring the seven day trek, or as an alternative starting point for those day walkers relative to the level of challenge you desire. The overnight cabins are regularly stocked with firewood.

As darkness falls, the once blue sky, through pockets of forest, fynbos and different vegetation types during the day; now exposes a brilliant black sky pitted with billions of stars, buffered with the sounds of surrounding nocturnal activity. Perfect whether you are a stargazing astrologist, star-crossed lovers just seeking a romantic getaway or simply bonding with friends.

For those who have love for the sea, this trail makes its way down to the coast where beautiful rock formations may be explored, photographs taken or picnics enjoyed. Sea caves are often visible along this portion of the trail and tell of the sheer landscaping power of the Indian Ocean. This trail offers an unforgettable experience sure to leave walkers reeling with euphoria.

The Outeniqua Quest is a non-stop 108 km Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Garden Route National Park, Western Cape, South Africa.  More than 100km of pure trails will have you traversing sections of the Outeniqua Mountains and the indigenous Forests of Knysna and surroundings while you are exploring the full length of the Outeniqua hiking trail. It is well known that there are a few very shy Knysna Elephants along the 108km hiking trails, you might just spot them in the distances between the indigenous trees…

Info

A pristine and very special Trail run in the Garden Route National Park of SANParks, South Africa. Run on the pristine 108 km (normally a 7 day hike) Outeniqua Hiking Trail.  No big gravel roads, only single track and jeep tracks for 108km.

2 Options to choose from:

108km Non Stop
Ultra 59km (Starting at Millwood and Finish at Harkerville)

108km Non Stop – Beervlei Hut to Harkerville Hut
Date :
23 March 2019
Registration Venue :
Harkerville Forest Lodge
Event Format :
Solo’s, Limited to 100 runners
Total distance:
108,02km
Total Elevation gain: 4235m

Ultra 59km – Millwood Hut to Harkerville Hut
Date :
23rd March 2019
Registration Venue :
Harkerville Forest Lodge
Event Format :
Solo’s, Limited to 100 runners
Total distance:
 59
km
Total Elevation gain: 

Outeniqua Quest included in the pre-entry fee:
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Permissions and permits from SanParks to run on the pristine 108km Trail
– Permission and permits from Cape Pine
– Events fees for each person to SanParks for using the full Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Booking of the Hiking huts for each person along the Outeniqua hiking Trail
– Well marked and set out routes
– Well stocked Water tables at each of the 6 hiking huts along the way
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie Bag with a Technical garment
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Sweeper
– Finishers medal
– Generosity and great atmosphere of SanParks Nature Area
– Professional photographer
– Accommodation 23 March, when you finish at Harkerville.

Does not include:
– Taxi to the Start at Beerlvlei from Harkerville Forest Lodge, TBA
– Alcohol drinks
– Pre and Post Race Accom and meals
– SANParks Conservation Fees. Please bring your Wild card to registration to avoid paying the day Conservation fees of R40. Wild card or the R40 will be collected at Registration by SANParks. Please note, this is not the Event Fees that the Organiser is paying on your behalf

Entry Fees:
R2930 for the Non Stop Option (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts)
R1920 for the Ultra (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts), Ultra finish at Harkerville Forest Lodge, close to Knysna

Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 1 Feb 2019, no late entries will be allowed. Registration Friday 22April at Harkerville Forest Lodge,

Prizes and Categories:
Prizes to Overall winners

Compulsory Equipment  for all the Outeniqua Quest runners (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the race. It is for your own personal safety. There will be a Kit check before the Tour starts. Please adhere to the following:

-Cell phone (on roaming please), zip lock bag to keep phone dry
-Space blanket
-Backpack
-Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
-Whistle
-Hat
-Emergency food
-Headlamp with enough spare batteries
-Water bottles
-Sunscreen (factor 50)
-Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
-First aid kit

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during the race as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.

For all information contact Janine on janine.swart@csm.com

Enter / Register


Cancelation Policy

Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:

50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 31 December 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 January 2019

Transfers

Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2020.

Contact Janine to finalise this: janine@trisport.co.za

Route

Please check out the Route Profiles here

Day 1 : Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut
Distance: 16.40 km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 1

Day 2 :  Windmeulnek Hut to Millwood
Distance: 32km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 2

Outeniqua Quest Leg 3

Day 3 : Millwood Hut to Diepwalle
Distance: 29km

Outeniqua Quest Leg4

Outeniqua Quest Leg 5

Day 4 : Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville
Distance: 29km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 6

Outeniqua Quest Leg7

Outeniqua Quest 2018 Route summary:
Total distance: 108,02km
Elevation gain: 4235m

Full Outeniqua Quest profile:

OQ 2014 Route Profile

Accommodation

Pre-Race Accommodation is not included in this race. The race village will be Harkerville Forest Lodge see www.harkerville.co.za

Accommodation can be booked with your entry, with the following options :

LOG CABINS R640

CABIN R510

 

BUNK HOUSE R200

 

 

CAMP SITES R240

Schedule

Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 108km non-stop and Ultra

22 March 2019
18:00 – 19:00: Registration at Harkerville Forest Lodge
19:00: Race briefing (compulsory for all Competitors). Snacks will be available.

23 March
Drive your own vehicle to Hakerville Forest Lodge,between Knysna and Pletterberg Bay, the Finish Venue
4:00 The bus pick up the Non Stop runners  and Ultra runners and take you to the Start of the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, at Beervlei hut for the Non Stop and at Milwood for the Ultra
5:30 Race start at Beervlei hut for the Non Stop 108km and at Milwood Hut for the Ultra
15:00 Cut off at Millwood house for the non stop 108km runners
06:00 Cut off at Diepwalle for the non stop 108km
11:00 Prize giving and Breakfast at the Harkerville Forest Lodge on 24 March

Partners

Having partners is always a must when doing an event so thank you to our sponsors:

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Details

Start:
March 23 @ 8:00 am
End:
March 24 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Outeniqua Hiking Trail
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
Sedgefield, Western Province South Africa

Organizer

CSM Sport & Recreation
Phone:
0836622022
Email:
janine.swart@csm.com

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