In 2021 we will have a brand NEW route for the Outeniqua Quest Trail run. You will run on the best parts of the Outeniqua Trail and experience the best of the Outeniqua mountain and the indigenous forests. You will summit one of the highest peak in the Outeniqua mountains, Jonkersberg with an amazing view over the quint 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 or over a full seven day period, 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, a stop-over, for those endeavouring 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. This trail offers an unforgettable experience sure to leave walkers reeling with euphoria.
The Outeniqua Quest is a 4 day trail run on parts of the 108 km Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Garden Route National Park, Western Cape, South Africa. The Outeniqua Quest 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 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 Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Outeniqua mountains.
4 Day Trail Run, fully catered
Start Date for 4 Day Option: 19 to 23 March 2021
Registration Venue: Diepwalle Hut, SANParks, Knysna
Event Format for the 4 day Option: Solo’s, Only 30 runners due to limited space at the huts
4 Day Daily Distances :
Day1: 24km TBC
Day2: 15km TBC
Day3: 18km TBC
Day4: 15km TBC
Total distance: 72km TBC
Total Elevation gain: TBC
Outeniqua Quest included in the pre-entry fee:
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– 4 nights Accommodation in hiking huts or tents
– Great Food from our well known caterers Andre and Maryna Jonck
– 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
– Professional photographer
Does not include:
– Massage available each night, please book directly with Caroline
– 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.
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 for the 4 Day Trail run:
Pre-entries close 1 Feb 2021, no late entries will be allowed. Registration is at 17H00 on Friday 19th 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 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 open 1 Aug
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 2020.
No refunds will be done from 1 December 2020
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER ANY INJURIES, ILLNESS OR CANCELLATIONS FOR ANY REASONS SUCH AS AN PANDEMIC, TERRORISM, FORCE MAJEUR.
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 : Diepwalle
Day 2 : Diepwalle to Fisantehoek
Day 3 : Fisantehoek to St Claire hut
Day 4 St Claire Hut to Harkerville
Outeniqua Quest 2021 Route summary:
Total distance: 72km TBC
Elevation gain: TBC
Full Outeniqua Quest profile:
Pre-Race Accommodation is not included in this race. Please contact Harkerville Forest lodge. There are many options available, from camping to rooms.
Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 4 Day Trail Run
19 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).
20 March 2021
7:00: Run start for Outeniqua Quest 4 day Trail run, circular route. Finish at Diepwalle, Lunch and Dinner
21 March 2021
7:30 Start at Diepwalle
Lunch at Fisantehoek
18h00: Dinner at Fisantehoek
22 March 2021
6:00 Breakfast at Fisantehoek
7:30 Start at Fisantehoek
Lunch at St Claire
18H00: Dinner at St Claire
23 March 2021
6:00 Breakfast at St Claire
11:00 Light Lunch at Harkerville Hut and Good byes