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Drakensberg Mountain Camp 2018

Drakensberg Mountain Camp 2018

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Develop your trail running skills, speed, and stamina, while experiencing seemingly endless singletrack trails, wildlife, scenery, and making new friends at TRAIL magazine’s Trail Camps, the next of which is our Mountain Camp in the central Drakensberg from 13-15 April 2018.

Pinnacle Rock group at Winter Mountain Camp, 2016

Pinnacle Rock group at Drakensberg Trail Camp, Winter 2016

Camp groups are small and intimate to maximise attention given to you.

We spoil you with nutritious food and comfy, unpretentious accommodation at Clearbrook Cottage on 700ha Riverlea Farm on the outskirts of Underberg village in KwaZulu-Natal.

Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt 'Ebeneezer' Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, November 2015. photo Deon Braun

Giant’s Cup Trail Run co-founder Matt ‘Ebeneezer’ Goode on the way up, up, up and up to Rhino Peak, during our recce in November 2015.

We coach you to make tweaks that could provide you big gains in your running. We also take photos of you out on the trail, which will be yours to share afterwards.

Scroll down for more of the goodies you’ll get.

We’ll meet you at Clearbrook Cottage on Riverlea Farm on Friday afternoon (arrive anytime after 2pm).

  • From Durban, it’s 209km and 2h30min hours to Underberg, and approx another 7km to Clearbrook.
  • From Johannesburg, it’s 584km and 5h53min on the N3.

Check out our Facebook event page.

Not ready yet, but keen for future Camps? Then indicate your interest by adding yourself to our mailing list.

Trail Camp Drakensberg Pillar Rock

Dwarfed by the peaks around in the shade and shelter of Pillar Rock, a good place for a breather and snack break. Rhino Peak looms above.

Rhino Peak selfie Trail magazing Mountain Camp

The obligatory selfie after a quick snack break. And then it’s time to savour more views, before the descent back to less heady climes.


Mountain Camp details

Shared room at peaceful Riverlea Farm’s Clearbrook Cottage outside Underberg. Transport is shared to the trailhead and return to the cottage each day. Food is provided at the cottage. Self-catered option also available.

Directions to Riverlea Farm:

  • Turn off the Johannesburg to Durban N3 highway (20km before reaching Pietermaritzburg, on the Johannesburg side) at the Southern Drakensberg/Underberg sign.
  • Follow the tarred R617 road for 110km to Underberg. Pass straight through Underberg and travel for a further 3km.
  • Cross over the Umzimkulu River and 500m further on turn right at the Bushman’s Nek sign, onto the only gravel stretch of the journey (approximately 4km of dirt in total).
  • Drive for 2km and turn right at the D199 sign. Continue for 500m, and turn right at the Clearbrook Cottage sign, keeping the wire fence on your right. The cottage is approximately another 1km distant, on the other side of a stone wall. Welcome to the Trail Camp HQ!


Single: R3,395 catered or R2,500 self-catered

Double: R6,495 catered or R4,795 self-catered

Rhino Peak pass Trail Camp

Your moment of triumph as you reach the top of the pass. Wait, not quite yet… there’s still nearly 2km of slight uphill running to the top of Rhino Peak! Deon Braun chooses his footing carefully.


This includes:

  • coaching from experienced trail runners,
  • welcome drink/snacks,
  • gate entries to our runs at Cobham and Rhino Peak,
  • ingredients for classes to learn to make your own run snacks,
  • breakfast (Sat/Sun),
  • lunch (Fri/Sat/Sun),
  • supper (Fri/Sat),
  • three back issues of TRAIL magazine,
  • healthy smoothies after runs,
  • Juice samples to take home,
  • Dirty Boots Adventure Guide,
  • First Aid for Snakebite book.

These rates exclude your personal travel to and from the venue (and starts each day, if you choose to use your own vehicle.)

Rhino Peak Trail Mountain Camp photo Deon BraunDates and times

  • Meet at Clearbrook Cottage on Riverlea Farm on Friday 13 August (from 2pm).
  • Depart from Riverlea after lunch on Sunday 15 August 2018.


Underberg/Himeville and surrounds.
Although it’s in the proximity of Sani Pass, the Camp does not go into Lesotho. Distances at the 2017 Camp were 21km on Day 1 and 26km on Day 2 (excluding a 6km night run), so count on similar for this Camp.

There will be a 4-6km night run on Saturday evening as well, unless it’s raining and the group consensus is not to run. So you’ll do a total of three runs, with a total of nearly 50km covered.

The big day is the ascent to Rhino Peak (altitude 3,050m) on Sunday. Distance is around 26km. It’s a beast, and you’ll be blown away by the variety of terrain and challenges it throws at you.  The singletrack downhills on the way back are whoop-whoop-whoop! amazing.

Abilities catered for

Fit, reasonably experienced trail runners who want to raise their game.

A detailed survey will be provided for each runner to complete before taking part.

Our aim: to develop your skills, and improve any weaknesses you feel are holding you back.

Trail Camp Pinnacle Rocks Tarryn Lopez, Steven Erasmus, and American based in Angola, Matthew

Run coaches Tarryn Lopez and Steven Erasmus at Pinnacle Rocks with Matthew, an American based in Angola, who flew out especially for the 2016 Clinic.


Wholefood plant-based eating for optimal energy and nutrition, based on the latest scientific findings, is our main focus. All run meals we provide are 100% plant-based. Only applies if you choose the catered option.

More at trailcamps.co.za

guaranteeThis quality event is covered by a 100% money back guarantee, should you attend and not be satisfied with your experience. You may substitute your place for a friend’s should you not be able to attend at the last minute. Get 50% of your money back should you cancel in the final month before the Camp. No refunds in the last 48 hours before the Camp.

TRAIL Camps will follow in the Western Cape and Gauteng if we have sufficient interest. Add your name and region to our mailing list for all future camps.

We look forward to running with you in the mountains!


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Pondoland Trail Camp

You’re invited to join the TRAIL magazine team running iconic trails across South Africa.

The next is on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, from 11-13 August 2017.

Trail Camp Pondoland August 2017

Pondoland Trail Camp

Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August 2017 (at Clearwater Trails near Beaver Creek coffee farm, and approx 10km inland from Wild Coast Sun). Arrive anytime from 10am on Friday. Programme starts officially at 4pm. Depart after lunch on Sunday 13 August.

Price: R2,000 per person (course, accommodation in rustic two-bed cabins at Clearwater Trails, no meals included). Bring your own food (the cabins have small kitchens) or buy meals at the cosy restaurant less than 50m from the cabins. Book now.

Programme: Two night run/hikes of approx 60 minutes each, plus two day runs (15-25km each, depending on your group’s strength), plus a strength class with a qualified Pilates instructor, and one injury prevention class with an experienced biokineticist. Trail running movies at night time.

Venue: More on this remarkable place on the Clearwater Trails website.

Email Deon for further details.

Pondoland Trail Camp Clearwater Trails, magazine. photo Deon Braun

One of many mind-blowing views of dense sub-tropical forest along the magnificent trails at Clearwater Trails. The singletrack here is… sublime. photo Deon Braun

Interested in our Mountain Camps instead? Add yourself to the online survey.

Why do Trail Camps?

  • Learn and hone vital technical skills.
  • Develop stamina and speed.
  • Tweak your nutrition.
  • Boost your energy levels.
  • Make new friends.
  • Have serious fun!

Who should do Trail Camps?

These quality weekend getaways are aimed mainly at intermediate to advanced trail runners who can already eat 15km+ offroad runs for breakfast, but want to take their trail running – and health/awareness/impact on the world – to a new level.

Not there yet? We will also cater for runners who still aspire to run 15km before breakfast, depending on group size. This will be done through a second group running a slower pace.

Frequent re-groups for tips and feedback are the order of the day.

You’ll gain new insights in everything from nutrition, to gear choices, to pacing, to mental techniques, to how to train for races.

Make August 2017 the beginning of the best year of your life (yet). Join us in beautiful Pondoland for an unforgettable weekend away.

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