In 2022 we will have a brand NEW route for the Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run and slackpacking Hike. You will run or hike on the best parts of the Outeniqua Trail and experience the best of the Outeniqua mountain range and the indigenous forests in the Knysna area. You will summit one of the highest peak in the Outeniqua mountains, Jonkersberg with an amazing view over the quaint town of Knysna and traverse through a rain forest. This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts.
The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a spectacular trail and can be conquered as a series of day walks. We will be starting at Diepwalle in the upper reaches of the Park and ending at Harkerville in the East between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay
This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts.
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. This trail offers an unforgettable experience sure to leave walkers reeling with euphoria.
The Outeniqua trail run or hike is a 4 day trail on the Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Garden Route National Park, Western Cape, South Africa. The Outeniqua slackpacking trail and hike will have you traversing sections of the Outeniqua Mountains and the indigenous Forests of Knysna and surroundings of the Outeniqua hiking trail. It is well known that there are a few very shy Knysna Elephants along the hiking trails, you might just spot them in the distances between the indigenous trees…
Info and Cost
A pristine and very special Trail run/hike in the Garden Route National Park of SANParks, South Africa. Run/hike for 4 days on the pristine Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Outeniqua mountains.
4 Day fully catered slackpacking run or hike
Date: 17 to 21 March 2022
R7950.00: Includes 4 day’s meals for from Dinner to Lunch, 4 nights of accommodation in hiking huts and tents in the mountains.
Registration Venue: Diepwalle Hut, SANParks, Knysna
Event Format for the 4 day Option: Solo’s, Only 30 runners/hikers due to limited space at the huts
4 Day Daily Distances :
Day 1: 24km
Day 2: 18km
Day 3: 22km
Day 4: 12,5km
Total distance: 76,5km
Outeniqua Quest slackacking Trail run or Hike included in the pre-entry fee:
– Unforgettable trail running or hiking along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– 4 nights Accommodation in hiking huts or tents
– Great Food
– Permissions and permits from SanParks to run on the pristine Trails
– Permission and permits from Cape Pine
– Events fees for each person to SanParks for using the Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Booking of the Hiking huts for each person along the Outeniqua hiking Trail
– Well marked and set out routes
– Water table along the way
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie Bag with a Technical garment
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Generosity and great atmosphere of SanParks Nature Area
Does not include:
– Alcohol drinks on route, please bring your own, we will keep it cold
– Taxi from Harkerville Hut to the Start at Diepwalle, 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.
Registration for the 4 Day Trail run/hike:
Pre-entries close 1 Feb 2022, no late entries will be allowed. Registration is at 17H00 on Thursday 17th March 2021 at the Diepwalle Hut, SANParks. Park your car at Hakervil hut. There will be a taxi from Hakervil hut to Diepwalle at 15H00 (Taxi price TBC)
Compulsory Equipment for all the Outeniqua runners/hikers (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you. It is for your own personal safety. 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 as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.
For all information contact Sonja : firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter / Register
Entrants wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
20% will be kept back on the amount paid if you cancel after you register
50% of the entry fee paid will be refunded if written notice is received before 30 November 2021.
No refunds will be done from 1 December 2021
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER ANY INJURIES, ILLNESS OR CANCELLATIONS FOR ANY REASONS SUCH AS AN PANDEMIC, TERRORISM, FORCE MAJEUR.
Entrants 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 2 : Diepwalle to Fisantehoek
Day 3 : Fisantehoek to St Claire hut
Day 4 St Claire Hut to Harkerville
Outeniqua Quest 4 day 2021 Route summary:
Total distance: 76,5 km
Included in your entry: 4 nights accommodation in the Mountain Hiking huts on the Outeniqua hiking trail. Your 1st Night that is included is the night before we start with the run/hike.
Thursday: Diepwalle hut
Friday: Diepwalle hut
Saturday: Fisantehoek hut
Sunday: St Claire Hiking Hut
If you prefer to bring your own tent, please do, there are plenty of space to pitch your tent. We will transport all your gear from hut to hut
Pre event accommodation is not included. Please contact Harkerville Forest lodge. There are many options available, from camping to rooms.
Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 4 Day Trail Run
17 March 2021
15H00: Leave your car at Hakerville and get a taxi to Diepwalle
17:00 – 18:00: Registration at Diepwalle Hut
18:00: Trail briefing at Diepwalle (compulsory for all).
18 March 2021
7:00: Run/hike start for Outeniqua 4 day Trail run/hike, circular route. Finish at Diepwalle, Lunch and Dinner
19 March 2021
7:30 Start at Diepwalle
Lunch at Fisantehoek
18h00: Dinner at Fisantehoek
20 March 2021
6:00 Breakfast at Fisantehoek
7:30 Start at Fisantehoek
Lunch at St Claire
18H00: Dinner at St Claire
21 March 2021
6:00 Breakfast at St Claire
11:00 Light Lunch at Harkerville Hut and Good byes