Ossewa Trail

ENTRIES

2025 ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

The Ossewa trail run is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced!

Making your way up an insane ascent that’s testing every ounce of your endurance, when you reach the summit, you’re not just greeted by breath taking views. You are also sharing the space with Eland herds, roaming free at the top of the historic Kerkenberg mountain.

You can almost hear the echoes of the Voortrekkers’ footsteps as they trekked for miles with their “Ossewaens,” carving out a path through this rugged terrain. And it’s not just about the trekboers either – there’s a whole other layer to this landscape. Traces of the bushmen, seeking shelter among the ancient sandstone rocks, whispering tales of their lives in the wild.

And when you finally reach that summit, gazing out over the vast grasslands below, you can’t help but feel like you’re a part of something truly extraordinary.

Day One = 21km / 12km
Day Two = 15km

FULL
PACKAGE

R3,500

PER PERSON

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

- Trail Run
- Goodie Bag
- Tent
- All Meals
- Game Drives
- History Talk
- Medics
- Live Entertainment

PARTNER PACKAGE

R3,350

PER PERSON

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

- Trail Run
- Goodie Bag
- Tent
- All Meals
- Game Drives
- History Talk
- Medics
- Live Entertainment

OUTSIDE LODGING / CAMPERVAN

R3,020

PER PERSON

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

- Trail Run
- Goodie Bag
- All Meals
- Game Drives
- History Talk
- Medics
- Live Entertainment

PARTNER PACKAGE GLAMPING

R6,500

PER PERSON

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

- Trail Run
- Goodie Bag
- Glamping Tent
- All Meals
- Game Drives
- History Talk
- Medics
- Live Entertainment

SUPPORTER PACKAGE

R2,800

PER PERSON

WHAT YOUR TICKET INCLUDES:

- Tent
- All Meals
- Game Drives
- History Talk
- Medics
- Live Entertainment


SCENIC TRAILS

Well established trail running routes with breathtaking views of the Kerkenberg mountains and surrounds. Enjoy sharing the space with Eland herds, roaming free at the top of the historic mountain range.

TENTED ACCOMMODATION

A two-person canvas tent (2.1m x 2.1m) with a comfortable mattress will be set up for each runner. Each participant to please bring their own pillow and sleeping bag.

GLAMPING TENTS

Each 5m Luxurious Glamping Tent includes: 2x single beds, 2x fitted sheet, 2x duvet cover, 2x mattresses, 2x pillows, 2x floor mats, 2x scatter cushions, 2x towels, 1x floor rug, 2x throws, 2x bedside tables, 2x lights, 1x storage chest, 1x coat hanger, 1x power bank, 2x chairs.

DELICIOUS MEALS

Delicious, healthy meals will be provided to all runners on each day of the event: Friday dinner. Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday breakfast and lunch. Menu to be confirmed.

RACE VILLAGE

Our Race Village is where the vibe is at! Enjoy live entertainment in the marquee, relax in the chillzone, snag some merch at our shop or treat yourself to a massage. There will also be a cash bar, food stalls and charging stations.

GAME DRIVES

Enjoy beautiful game drives through our private game reserve and spot some of our magnificent wildlife, including Buffalo, Roan’s, and Waterbuck.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

From soul-stirring music performances to mesmerizing acts that leave you on the edge of your seat, our stage comes alive with the vibrant energy of talented artists and performers.

HISTORY TALK

Our Saturday evening history talk offers an exciting journey through time, where stories come to life and the echoes of bygone eras resonate. Enjoy sundowners while listening to the tales of the past.

WATER POINTS

We will have several water points set up along the running trails. They will be stocked with water and healthy snacks to keep your energy levels up. Please remember: NO LITTERING!

ABLUTION FACILITIES

Need to freshen up after your run? No worries, our ablution facilities are 200m from the tents, with separate toilets and showers. For those midnight emergencies, we've got portable toilets conveniently placed closer to the tents.

MEDICS + SAFETY OFFICERS

Have peace of mind knowing that we have a group of medics and safety officers on duty throughout the entire event.

PRIZEGIVING CATEGORIES:

Ladies Winner
Men's Winner
Trekker Tannies (40+ Ladies)
Kaalvoetvrou (18-39 Ladies)
Trekosse (40+ Men)
Pioneers (18-39 Men)

WEATHER FORECAST

Make sure you pack according to the weather forecast.

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Buffalo Hills
2:28 pm, Jul 24, 2024
temperature icon 20°C
clear sky
Humidity Humidity: 8 %
Pressure Pressure: 1015 mb
Wind Wind: 2 mph
Wind Gust Wind Gust: 9 mph
Clouds Clouds: 4%
Visibility Visibility: 0 km
Sunrise Sunrise: 6:50 am
Sunset Sunset: 5:28 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Evenings get very cold - warm clothing and bedding is essential!

PACKING LIST

RUNNER KIT LIST

  • Running T-shirt
  • Long-sleeve Top
  • Running Shorts
  • Running Pants
  • Lightweight Jacket
  • Trail Shoes
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bandana
  • Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Peak
  • GPS Watch
  • Heart Rate Strap
  • Timing Chip
  • EM Numbers

HYDRATION AIDS

  • Water Bottle/
    Water Bladder
  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Gels
  • Rehydrate Sachets
  • Race Drinks
  • Snacks

POST-RACE
ITEMS

  • Comfortable Clothes (for after shower)
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm Long Pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Beanie + Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Closed Shoes
  • Slops
  • Pajamas
  • Toiletries

COMFORT + SLEEP

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Warm Blanket
  • Sheet
  • Towel
  • Camp Chair

MISC.
ITEMS

  • Cash
    (bar + massages)
  • Credit Card
    (emergencies)
  • Cellphone (please I.C.E)
  • Safety Whistle
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Spare Batteries
  • Charges (please label)
  •  Earplugs

IMPORTANT!

- Please DO NOT bring any valuables to the race. We cannot take responsibility for valuables lost during the event.
- Evenings get very cold, warm clothing and bedding is essential!
- Please remember your torch/headlight! There is minimal lighting in the camp area at night.
- Please respect our beautiful environment. NO LITTERING ALLOWED! Bins will be provided.

GLAMPING

Our Glamping accommodation option is designed for two people, offering a unique blend of comfort and adventure.

Each 5m Luxurious Glamping Tent offers:
2x single beds, 2x fitted sheet, 2x duvet cover, 2x mattresses, 2x pillows, 2x floor mats, 2x scatter cushions, 2x towels, 1x floor rug, 2x throws, 2x bedside tables, 2x lights, 1x storage chest, 1x coat hanger, 1x power bank, 2x chairs

R6,500 per person sharing

Tickets include: Trail Run + Goodie Bag + Glamping + All Meals + Game Drives + History Talk + Medics + Live Entertainment

Please note: A minimum charge equivalent to the rate for two guests will apply, regardless of single occupancy.

FAQ's

ANSWERING ALL YOUR QUESTIONS!

TICKETS

Tickets can be purchased directly through Entry Ninja. 
You can do so through clicking here. Follow the prompts to secure your spot.

The Ossewa trail is a two-day event, you will need to run both days of the event.

We have various ticket options available. Please view the ticket prices here.

 – Beautiful Running Trails
 – Tented Accommodation
 – Delicious Meals
 – Live Entertainment
 – Water Points
 – Safety Officers
 – Medics

We encourage participants to register in advance to secure their spot as limited tickets are available. registering early to avoid disappointment.

The minimum age requirements for participation is 18.

REFUNDS + TICKET TRANSFERS

Refunds will be made as per the following:

 90% refund until 30 November 2024
 50% refund until 25 January 2025

– Refund fee: R200
No refunds will be made after 25 January 2025.

For refunds, please email: entries@ossewatrail.co.za

Terms and conditions apply.

Yes, but please let us know. There is a “ticket transfer” process to follow to ensure the correct details are captured before registration.

 – Ticket transfer fee: R200
 – Tent transfer fee: R200
 – All transfers to be completed before 1 March 2025.

For all transfers, please email: entries@ossewatrail.co.za

Please follow the instructions provided upon registration for ticket validation at the event.

Depending on the payment method and processing platform, there may be non-refundable fees associated with ticket purchases, such as transaction fees or processing fees. These fees are typically outlined during the registration process and may be deducted from the refund amount.

TRAIL DETAILS

The trails vary in difficulty to accommodate participants of different skill levels. View our trail details under the route details.

Yes, we have strategically placed water stations stocked with water, sports drinks, light snacks, and basic first aid supplies. These stations provide support and assistance to participants throughout the trail.

In the event of a medical emergency on the trail, we have trained medical personnel stationed at various points along the course.

If you encounter a medical issue or witness someone in distress, please alert the nearest event volunteer or aid station personnel immediately. They are equipped to assess the situation, provide first aid, and coordinate further assistance if needed. Additionally, we recommend carrying a cell phone with you during the run in case you need to call for help.

Please familiarize yourself with the trail maps and aid station locations before starting your run to ensure prompt access to medical assistance if required.

Safety is our top priority, and we encourage participants to familiarize themselves with trail etiquette and safety guidelines before embarking on their run. This includes respecting other trail users, staying hydrated, being mindful of wildlife, not littering, and following any event-specific rules and regulations.

Please see the route details for both days of the event here.

RACE VILLAGE

Our race village is situated on a polo field. 

Need to freshen up after your run? No worries, we’ve got ablution facilities 200m from the tents, complete with separate toilets and showers. For those midnight emergencies, we’ve got portable toilets conveniently placed closer to the tents. 

Our chill zones are strategically located around the dam, perfect for soaking in the surroundings.

Cash bar available please support the Tugela Round table team while you’re at it.

Don’t forget to snag some cool merch at our shop and treat yourself to a massage at our stations.

Live bands in the big marquee. And for all your charging needs, we’ve got you covered with charging stations.

Dive into the delicious offerings at our food stalls.

Look for the Ossewa trail office for all your registration needs.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held at the Race Village at Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve. 

Registration will open:
Friday, 11 April ’25: from 15:00 – 20:00.

If you are coming up early Saturday you can register from 6:00am.

You will receive your race packs, tent numbers and your village band. Dinner will be available to all runners after registration.

Race Briefing Day 1: Friday night at 19:00
Race Briefing Day 2: Saturday night at 18:30

– Ladies Winner
– Mens Winner
– Trekker Tannies (40+ ladies)
– Trekosse (40+ men)
– Kaalvoetvrou (18-39 ladies)
– Pioneers? (18-39 men)

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS

A two-person canvas tent (2.1m x 2.1m) with a comfortable mattress will be set up for each runner (this is included in the ticket price). Each participant to please bring their own pillow and sleeping bag. You do not need to bring your own tent. Please note that spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes. The ticket prices include comfortable, tented accommodation for runners to stay in for the duration of the event.

We’ve got ablution facilities 200m from the tents, complete with separate toilets and showers. For those midnight emergencies, we’ve got portable toilets conveniently placed closer to the tents.

GENERAL

Please bring your partners, friends, and family! We have various ticket options available.

We have safe parking available on the Buffalo Hills Game Reserve property.

"With breathtaking routes meticulously built, every step promises awe-inspiring scenery and unforgettable challenges."

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