Dumbe Trail Run
November 2 - 4 2018

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Beautiful Location


Bring your family and friends and enjoy the vibe! We offer country hospitality at the race village, located on the escarp bordering the Free State and Kwa Zulu Natal near Oliviershoek Pass and Sterkfontein Dam. The race village offers a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable seating where runners can relax during the day and enjoying magnificent views! Leave the village only for your run, as everything is catered for inside the village for the entire weekend!

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36km's in 2 days

Run 36km of pristine trails over two days with a good mix of technical and smooth single track. Expect clearly marked routes, well-stocked water points and views that take your breath away! A fun packed weekend awaits the one who dares to enter and conquer Dumbe Trail Run!

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2-4 November 2018

Entry Fee:

Tented Accomodation: R1850
Alternative Accomodation: R1650


2 November 2018 from 14h00 – 19h00

Race Briefing:

Day One: Friday evening 19h00
Day Two: Saturday evening 19h00


Friday evening: 5km family night run. (Just for fun, not compulsory!)
Day One: 21km, 2 Water Points.
Day Two: 15km, 1 Water Point.


Race Village Location: Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

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Friday Evening Family 5km Night Fun Run

Bring your head torch and join the family fun run! Yes, it is open to anyone and everyone! An easy route takes you out of the race village onto a single track past the Dumbe Chalets before a short little climb leads you to the Kaalvoet Vrou Monument and back to the race village where you can enjoy a hot shower!
*Note: The fun run will not be timed, just a fun addition for the family and not compulsory!

Day 1: 21km, 605m ascent

The first day of running starts runners off with a scenic stretch of single track, running along the escarp, boasting spectacular views of KZN. Before long, the drop down the historic Retief Pass begins into the Valley, leading runners onto the magical tracks of Ali’s avenue before starting the ascent up the iconic Solly’s Folly. The long climb ends soon enough where after runners pass through the wild proteas of Kirstenbosch, running along the escarpment once again with its breathtaking views before reaching the Kaalvoet Vrou Monument. After taking a selfie with arguably one of the toughest ladies in the history of our country, it is a short stretch home to the race village where warm hospitality awaits…

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Day 2: 15km, 482m ascent

Day two of running will certainly not disappoint the single track lover, leading runners along breathtaking paths. Runners start off with a steady climb along a ridgeline to the highest point of the day, providing stunning panoramic views of the Central and Northern Drakensberg. Unsurpassed views of the Amphitheatre will continue to mesmerize runners as they drop steadily down Dragon’s Spine towards Oom Pieter se Bos, a magical forest section. Spectacular views of the Drakensberg and Maluti Mountains remains a focal point as the road winds on along the lower ridges towards Vergezient Falls. Runners work their way around the Lost Pools to the beautiful Picnic Rock before a steep ascend up the Cattle Pass takes them to Old Trails View along the beautiful escarp and back to the race village.

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If you have chosen the Tented Accommodation option, an allocated tent and mattress will be provided for you within the race village. Toilets and shower facilities are provided. No electricity. If you have chosen the Alternative Accommodation option, the following can be booked at additional cost:

A designated self-camp site is provided for self-camping. Bring your own tent or caravan and enjoy the amazing outdoor lifestyle. Toilets and shower facilities are provided. No electricity.

The Vergezient Lodge and Zonderntwyfel Barnhouse provide on-site accommodation options for runners.

Book here (www.drakensbergretreat.co.za)
Dumbe Berg Accomodation:

Less than 3km from the race village, Dumbe Chalets offers accommodation with stunning views and great hospitality.

Book here (www.dumbe.co.za)

Other accommodation options:
Afsaal Guest House
084 5814847

Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge
036 438 6675

Buffalo Hills Private Game Lodge and Fishing Cottage
083 507 6954

Macfarlane Country Retreat
Leon 083 450 1558

Perth Fly Fishing Cottage
Kotie 082 416 5545

083 412 6725

Sterkfontein Dam Cottages
0586223520 | 0586221093 | 0586223892

The Berghouse Cottages
0828048784, 0722747628

Tower of Pizza
036 438 6480

Farm Yard Guest House
082 415 9374

The Ledges Guest Farm
072 058 2404

Drakensville Resort

Greenfire Lodge

Alpine Heath Resort
036 438 6484

Little Switzerland
036 438 2500

Hlalanthi Berg Resort
036 438 6308

Montusi Mountain Lodge
036 438 6243

The Cavern Berg Resort
036 438 6270

Where the River Runs
Carina 0823723686

Windmill Cottages (Border Post)
Location: Drakensberg Mountain Retreat

How to get to Dumbe race village:

From Durban:

Take the N3 to Johannesburg. Take the Bergville Colenso Northern Drakensberg R74 off ramp after the Escourt Ultra City. Follow the signs to Winterton (22km). Bypass Winterton to Bergville (22km). Bypass Bergville and carry on straight for another 43 km. On top of Oliviershoek Pass you turn right to Retieklip / Retief Pass (S19) for 2 km. Follow the dirt road and turn right at Retief Pass and follow Drakensberg Mountain Retreat signs along the road for 12km until you see the Dumbe Trail Run sign on your right.

From Johannesburg:

Take the N3 to Durban / Harrismith. Just outside Harrismith, and after the Bergview Complex on your left, take the R74 I Bergville /Qwa Qwa I Bethlehem off ramp. Turn right at the Stop and drive towards Bethlehem on the N5. Take a left turn on the Durban Alternative Route/ Bergville R74 I (R712 ). Travel for 8,5 km and trun left onto the Bergville R74. 20 km further past the Sterkfontein Dam, on the crest of the Oliviershoek Pass, turn left at Retieklip I Retief Pass (S19) for 2 km. Follow the dirt road and turn right at Retief Pass and follow Drakensberg Mountain Retreat signs along the road for 12km until you see the Dumbe Trail Run sign on your right.

Race Rules:


Competitors need to be 16 years or older to enter.
There will be no unofficial participants in the race, running under someone else’s number will result in disqualification.
No person will be allowed to run under someone else’s name. Proper procedure is to be followed to make a substitution.
Each participant must complete the entire 2 day course under his/her own power. Any competitor who has not completed the entire course will be disqualified.

If you withdraw from the event, competitors must notify the race timekeepers or a marshal immediately.
Compulsory equipment is non-negotiable. Failure to comply will result in time penalties or disqualification, at the Race Director’s discretion.

Compulsory Kit:

The following kit will be checked at the start of each stage:
- Shoes
- Hydration Pack/ 1 Litre Water
- Charged Cell Phone
- Race Number
- Energy Bars/ Food
- Waterproof Jacket

Medical Care

Paramedic crews will be available for medical treatment and consultation.
The medical crew has the authority to withdraw a competitor from an event should the competitor’s further participation in the event possibly result in permanent injury, disability or death to the competitor.

Competitors are obliged to carry their personal medications on them. The medical crew will not be on hand to supply personal medication should the competitors concerned have failed to supply their own.

The medical crew will provide immediate emergency treatment and stabilisation. Should a competitor require transport by road or air ambulance, the cost of any transport out of the race environment will be carried by the patient.

Competitors are strongly advised to take appropriate medical insurance against the costs of emergency evacuations and repatriation.


All vehicles are to be parked in the designated area.
Strictly NO SMOKING will be allowed in the Marquee or Chill Zone of the race village.
No dogs allowed.
Littering in any way is prohibited.

Any competitor wishing to complain any aspect of the event can do so. Complaints may only be made with first-hand knowledge. No second-hand reports will be accepted or considered. Abusive language will not be tolerated. Persons wishing to express outrage will do so in a controlled manner.

Any individual, male or female, will be barred from all events for life if found to have used physical violence during the course of the event.

Refund & Substitution Policy:

A 50% refund will be paid if requested before 1 July 2018.
No refunds will be paid after 1 July 2018.
No refunds will be paid if paying through the payment plan.
No transfer of entry to future events.

Should you be unable to run, a substitution can be made by selling your entry to another runner and changing the details in your entry. Substitutions are made with a non-negotiable R200 substitution fee before 31 October 2018.

Recovery Zone:

Sports massage services will be available to participants at the race. Book a 30 minute treatment to ensure optimal performance and recovery.

Sports Massage: R250

Free strapping, foam roller and stretching area for clients!

Pre Bookings Can Be Made


Walk in clients welcome!

Day Care at Dumbe

Have peace of mind during the race while your children are entertained! Qualified occupational therapists will be available to look after your children with age appropriate activities!

R200 per child(half-day)

Pre-bookings and enquiries can be made with Martinette: 0716015192 or martinettevl@gmail.com

Our Partners

General Enquiries:

If you need more information or have a question regarding this years race, please feel free to contact Petri Cook via email or mobile(076 485 5158)

We have a payment plan to assist the cash flow!

Pay your 2018 entry in instalments over 3 months!

Kindly complete the first payment within 48 hours of entering to ensure your entry is secured!!

Tented Accommodation Package Payment Plan (R1850.00):

  • Month 1: R650
  • Month 2: R650
  • Month 3: R650

Alternative Accommodation Package Payment Plan (R1650.00):

  • Month 1: R650
  • Month 2: R650
  • Month 3: R350

Any additional item payments need to be completed within the three month period.

*Kindly note the full amount needs to be paid before your entry will be final!

*Kindly note payment plans are not eligible for a refund.

Select Your Package

Tented Accommodation

R18502 man tent supplied
  • Own Tent and Mattress
  • Clean Toilets and Showers
  • Friday Dinner
  • Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Snack and Coffee Bar
  • Amazing Trails
  • Full Medical Support
  • Race Village Chill Zone
  • Official Race Garment

Alternative Accommodation

R1650See Accommodation Tab
  • Your Own Alternative Accommodation
  • Clean Toilets and Showers
  • Friday Dinner
  • Saturday Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • 24 Hour Snack and Coffee Bar
  • Amazing Trails
  • Full Medical Support
  • Race Village Chill Zone
  • Official Race Garment