35km Trail Run Info

‘Whale Calf’ route. We wouldn’t dare call it LITE!

Quick Info

  • Date: Saturday, 31st July 2021 (RACE POSTPONED TO 2022)
  • Start Time: 09h00
  • Registration: 30 July 2021- 16h00-19h00 at De Hoop Collection
  • Briefing dinner: 31 July 2021 – 18h30 – 20h00 at De Hoop Collection
  • Prize giving dinner: 31 July 2021 – 17h30 – 20h00 at De Hoop Collection
  • Distance: 35km
  • Cut offs: 22km – 6h00, 29km – 7h30
  • Entry fee: R3,300
  • Entries open: 1st March 09h00 for a limited amount of spots SOLD OUT 
  • Race Venue: De Hoop Collection on De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Start: Potberg Nature Reserve
  • Finish: Koppie Alleen – De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Date: The race is held on Saturday 31 July 2021 and will start at 09h00 at Potberg Nature Reserve.

Registration: Registration will be from 16h00 – 19h00 on Friday 31 July 2021 at De Hoop Collection, De Hoop Nature Reserve and from 06h00 at the start venue at Potberg for those staying outside the Reserve.

Briefing: Friday 31 July 2021 at 19h00 at De Hoop Collection. Those only registering at Potberg on race morning will be given the essentials briefing then.

Prize-giving: Saturday 31 July 2021 at 20h00 at De Hoop Collection.

Accommodation: There is a variety of accommodation available at De Hoop Collection. Please see the Accommodation page and contact De Hoop Collection directly for specials that will be offered for the event as well as alternative accommodation options further afield.

Glamping Tented accommodation: Available at the De Hoop Collection for the Friday and Saturday nights at R525 pppn sharing / R2,100 for Glamping Tent for the weekend. See details on the Accommodation page here.

Transfers: Competitors will be transferred on the morning of the 31 July 2021 the 30km from De Hoop to the start line at Potberg.  Competitors may deposit an official tog bag (to be issued at registration) that will then meet them at the finish area at Koppie Alleen.

Transfers will run from the finish at Koppie Alleen back to De Hoop Collection throughout the day (leaving every 45mins) for competitors.  Spectators are welcome to use this shuttle to get to and from De Hoop Collection and the finish area. No private cars will be allowed to travel the 17km from De Hoop Collection to Koppie Alleen.

Route: The route will follow the well-established CapeNature 5-day hiking Whale Trail and is 35km with approximately 1200m ascent. After 13km you will be directed off the hiking trail and follow 7km of reserve management jeep tracks to Lekkerwater (CP4 of the 53km route), where you will rejoin the hiking trail for the remaining 15km. The route will be marked only where necessary.  Deviations from the established hiking trail will not be allowed and it is mandatory to stay on the paths at all times. There will be one water table along the route (20km) and various checkpoints.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WHALE TRAIL IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC unless booked on the hiking trail. No route scouting or pre-running is allowed.  Any runners found on the trail illegally will be banned for all future events.

Rules & Regulations: Please read the Whale of Trail Rules & Regulations here

Entry Fee: R3,300 per runner – SOLD OUT 

Entry includes:

  • Permit and unique opportunity to run this trail
  • CapeNature fee for De Hoop Reserve and the trail
  • Paramedic support with 4×4 vehicles (excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be at the athlete’s cost)
  • Transfers to and from race venue to start and finish points
  • Water table with food on the route
  • Friday night briefing dinner
  • Saturday night prize giving dinner
  • Meal at finish
  • Complimentary leg massage at finish
  • Finisher’s medal

Entry fee does not include: 

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Drinks at dinners
  • Personal race nutrition.

Entries online open 1st March 09h00 for a limited amount of spots. A Non Refundable deposit of R990 will be required to secure your booking with the remaining R2,310 being payable before the 30 April 2021. Entries after the 30 April, will be required to deposit the full entry fee of R3,300 to secure your booking. Please email should you want to make arrangements for payment in installments. – SOLD OUT 

Entrants who entered for / transferred to the event scheduled on the 16 Jan 2021: Entrants have three options as listed below. Cut off date for selection of which option will be 31 Jan 2021. Should you not communicate your choice to us, your entry will automatically be transferred to the 31 Jul 2021 event with no option of then changing selection.

  • transfer their entry to the 31 July 2021 Whale of Trail,
  • transfer their entry to the 2022 Whale of Trail event (no top up payment will be required)
  • refund of 70% of entry fee as per our refund policy below

Refunds: 70% refund (of total entry fee) possible up until 30 April 2021 (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.

Cancellation: Should the event scheduled for the 31 July 2021 be cancelled due to National Restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, entries will be transferred to the 2022 Whale of Trail event.

Substitutions: Substitutions are possible up to 12h00 Friday 23 July 2021 (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.

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

Runners Info: 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. We expect times to range between 3h30 – 7 hours. 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 sweeper. There will be 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: 

  • Water containers min 2 litres
  • WATERPROOF rain jacket
  • Base layer
  • Buff or head gear
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Cell phone – emergency numbers will be supplied at race briefing.
  • Recommended Equipment – Sunglasses, Sun block, Camera.


Event Schedule (Provisional):

Friday 30 July 2021:

  • 16h00 – 19h00 – Registration at De Hoop Collection
  • 18h30 – 21h00 – Dinner at De Hoop Collection
  • 19h00 – Briefing at De Hoop Collection

Saturday 31 July 2021:Whale of Trail 2015

  • 07h30 – Transfer from De Hoop Collection to Potberg Nature Reserve
  • 08h00 – Registration opens for non-residents of De Hoop
  • 09h00 – Start
  • 12h15 – 12h45 – Winners expected at Koppie Alleen
  • 18h00 – Dinner at De Hoop Collection
  • 20h00 – Prize Giving at De Hoop Collection

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