2-day Whale Slackers

Take the chance to run a premium race route AND enjoy the quiet peace and magnificence of the De Hoop reserve with like-minded nature lovers.

Start the famous 53km route with the main race field but at 36km – just as the beach starts to bite those calves – hook a sho’t right to stake your claim at Hamerkop Beach Hut. Raid your very own cooler box and sink into serenity, sharing the sunset with the whales and an evening with just 12 of you.
On Sunday, tackle the final 17km on fresh legs, either flat out or meandering; exploring the rockpools, dancing in turtle tracks. Either way, we’ll greet you and treat you and get you back to De Hoop Collection.

Who's a Whale Slacker?

Whale Slackers want it all

– to experience the energy of the race AND the peace of a simple hut on the beach of the best whale watching spot in South Africa.
– Enjoy dinner with the race field on Fri AND cook up a feast with friends on Sat.
– Be independent AND have everything sorted for them

Whale Slackers get it all.

Decadence on a Budget

2-day Slackers Entry

Entry Fee: R6,000

Entry Fee Includes

  • Permit, entry and unique opportunity to run this trail over 2 days during Whale of Trail event
  • CapeNature fee for De Hoop Reserve and use of trail
  • Race Swag Bag items
  • FRI – Tented accom in the Glamping Village at De Hoop Collection (sharing)
  • Friday briefing dinner
  • SAT – Transfer from De Hoop to the start (45min)
  • 2 watertables en route
  • Exclusive use (12 pax) accom at Hamerkop Hut
  • Transport of overnight bag and own food supply box from De Hoop to Hamerkop
  • SUN – Transport of overnight bag and food box from Hamerkop to De Hoop
  • Finish line meal at Bites Resturant
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Transfer from Finish to De Hoop (20 min)


  • Sat morning runners’ breakfast
  • Sun night accom at De Hoop


  • Drinks with restaurant meals

(NOTE: Slackers provide and pack their own food and drinks box for slackpacking Saturday)

Entries open from 10h00 on 24 September 2023 – A deposit payment of R1,800 will be required within three days of entering in order to secure your booking.  The remainder of the entry fee will be due by the 31 March 2024.

Refunds: 70% refund (of total entry fee) possible up until 27 April 2024 (3 months before the event date) following a written notification of withdrawal. Please note: Most of our costs for this event are incurred and committed long before you even start training. As such, it is to both our benefit that a substitute is found and we have a very fair substitution policy.

Substitutions: Substitutions are possible up to 12h00 Friday 19 July  2024 (8 days before the event) with a fee of R800. Substitutions will be offered to the wait list first. Should you want to make a substitution, contact the organisers.

Cancellation: Should the event scheduled for the 27 July 2024 be cancelled due to National Restrictions surrounding any disaster, entries will be transferred to the 2025 Whale of Trail event.

Goody Bags: Gift items and kitbags included in race entry are only for those who compete in the event and will not be handed to third party recipients.

Runners Information: Runners must be self sufficient for the day. No seconding allowed. There will be cut off times along the way, after which competitors will be pulled off the route and transported to the finish. Runners must be fit and should have run at least a 30km trail (as opposed to a dirt road run) run recently. Runners must stick to the marked trail. No short cuts are allowed. There will be a sweepers and checkpoints.

Medical: There will be emergency services on standby but participants must, under normal circumstances, be fit, healthy and able to complete the event safely without aid.  Should the race medic declare any participant unfit to continue, he or she will be forced to withdraw from the event. This is a serious challenge. EACH PARTICIPANT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.

Compulsory Running Equipment

What to Pack


  • Hamerkop Hikers Hut has 12 beds in a few rooms
  • Bathroom with gas geyser
  • Kitchen kitted for self catering with crockery, cutlery and good pots and pans
  • Gas stove top
  • Solar lights and fridge
  • Braai area – will be stocked with wood
  • Food and Drinks are best transported in a sturdy Cooler Box

Slacker Schedule

Friday 26 July 2024
Race Registration and check in. Accommodation in Glamping Village tent
Dinner with Race Briefing
Saturday 27 July 2024
Bus transfer to Race Start where you hand in your overnight bag and food box
Race Start
After 36km
Relax at Hammerkop Hut, your overnight bag and food and drinks box has been delivered
Self catered dinner under African Sky
Sunday 28 July 2024
Whenever you want
Wake Up
Whenever you feel like it
Continue on the route, 17km to the finish
Whenever you get there (before 15h00)
We treat you to a meal at Bites beachside restaurant and transfer you back to De Hoop
If you want to be really decadent
Book an extra night and dinner at De Hoop

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