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 4 day trail run on the 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…
A pristine and very special Trail run in the Garden Route National Park of SANParks, South Africa. Run for 4 days 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.
4 Day Trail Run, fully catered
Start Date for 4 Day Option: 12 to 15 March 2020 – Entries for 2020 are full.
Registration Venue: Harkerville Hut, SANParks, Harkerville
Event Format for the 4 day Option: Solo’s, Only 40 runners due to limited space at the huts
4 Day Daily Distances :
Day1: Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut – 16,40km; Elevation gain 910m
Day2: Windmeulnek Hut – Millwood Hut – 32,45km; Elevation gain 1265m
Day3: Millwood Hut to Diepwalle Hut – 29,90km; Elevation gain 1303m
Day4: Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville Hut – 29,27km; Elevation gain 757m
Total distance: 108,02km
Total Elevation gain: 4235m
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
– Finishers medal
– Generosity and great atmosphere of SanParks Nature Area
– Professional photographer
Does not include:
– Massage each night, please book directly with Caroline
– Alcohol drinks on route, please bring your own
– Taxi from Harkerville Hut to the Start at Beerlvlei, price TBA
– SANParks Conservation Fees. Please bring your Wild card to registration to avoid paying the day Conservation fees of R40 per day. Wild card or the R40 per day will be collected at Registration by SANParks. Please note, this is not the Event Fees that the Organiser is paying on your behalf
R6950.00 for the 4 Day Option: Includes 4 days’s meals for from Lunch on the 12th to Lunch on the 15th, 3 nights of accommodation in hiking huts in the mountains.
Registration for the 4 Day Trail run:
Pre-entries close 1 Feb 2020, no late entries will be allowed. Registration is Wednesday 12th March 2020 at Harkerville Hut (please book your own accommodation for evening before the Trail Run start)
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
-Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
-Headlamp with enough spare batteries
-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 Sonja : firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter / Register
Entries are full- for any queries contact email@example.com
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 30 November 2019.
No refunds will be done from 1 December 2020.
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 2021.
Please check out the Route Profiles here
Day 1 : Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut
Distance: 16.40 km
Day 2 : Windmeulnek Hut to Millwood
Day 3 : Millwood Hut to Diepwalle
Day 4 : Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville
Outeniqua Quest 2018 Route summary:
Total distance: 108,02km
Elevation gain: 4235m
Full Outeniqua Quest profile:
Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 4 Day Trail Run
11 March 2020
17:00 – 19:00: Registration at Harkerville Forest lodge
19:00: Race briefing at Harkerville Forest Lodge (compulsory for all Competitors).
12 March 2020
7:30 Bus leaves from Hakerville Hut to Beervlei hut (Start venue)
8:30: Final Briefing at Beervlei Hut
9:00: Run start for Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run
Finish at Windmeulnek, Lunch and Dinner
13 March 2020
8:00 Start at Windmeulnek.
Lunch pack at Platbos
Finish at Millwood, Dinner at Millwood
14 March 2020
6:30 Breakfast at Milwood
7:30 Start at Millwood
Lunch pack at Rondebossie
Finish at Diepwalle, Dinner at Diepwalle
15 March 2020
5:30 Breakfast at Diepwalle
6:00 Start at Diepwalle
13:00 Lunch at Harkerville Hut and Good byes