Route Breakdown | CP 2 Elandspad – CP 4 Lekkerwater

beautiful photo of long beach on the whale of trail

The middle section of any endurance race is tough, whether it’s the middle day of a stage race, or the middle chunk of a 54km ultra! The middle section of the Merrell Whale of Trail is no different. From CP2 at Elandspad to CP4 at Lekkerwater you cover a total of 21.5km. It might sound short and cheerful, but it’s what the Race Organiser, Graham Bird, deems the toughest. So, save some energy for your… Continue reading

Get to grips with the route

For one day a year, the Whale Trail, a five-day hiking trail through De Hoop Nature Reserve, is reserved exclusively for Merrell Whale of Trail entrants to boldly tackle the full distance of 53km in just one day. Frequented by hiking and outdoor enthusiasts for the remainder of the year as a five-day excursion, it is only natural to break the route down into five sections (as per the five days). Bryony McCormick, two-time Whale… Continue reading

Where to stay

  The Merrell Whale of Trail entry fee is exclusive of accommodation – which gives you the freedom to book a bed that suits your needs and pocket! On a first-come-first-book type basis, and with roughly four months to go before the 2018 Whale of Trail, accommodation options are dwindling. Don’t be caught having to sleep in your car, which a) is never recommended before a 53km ultra and b) isn’t actually allowed, and book… Continue reading