Gilboa Challenge

26 January 2020

Course Details

Start: 7:45 am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 4 km
Elevation gain: 165 m
Water tables: 1 table en route

The 4km is an easy route meandering through the indigenous forests surrounding Bushwillow Campsite.

Course Route and Profile: *Please note that routes are subject to change.
Start: 7:30 am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 10 km
Elevation gain: 630 m
Water tables: 2 tables en route

The 10km is a technical climb to the top of the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall and returns back to the campsite.

Course Route and Profile: *Please note that routes are subject to change.
Start: 7:00 am
Distance: 15 km
Elevation gain: 705 m
Water tables: 2 tables en route

The 15km route is a tough, technical climb via the Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall to the top of Mt Gilboa, the highest point in the Karkloof range (1768m). Spectacular views will reward participants before they return via the rapid descent back to the campsite.

Course Route and Profile: *Please note that routes are subject to change.

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Standard Price (U18)R50.00R70.00N/A
On the Day Price (Late Entry)R160.00R200.00R240.00
On the Day Price (Late Entry, U18)R50.00R70.00N/A

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at Race Village

Prepare to summit the epic challenge that is Mt Gilboa, the highest point of the Karkloof range, or take it easy meandering through the indigenous Karkloof forests and grasslands. The longer courses will surely test the legs and lungs of any runner bold enough to take the challenge but will also treat runners to spectacular views of the Karkloof Valley and Grey Mares Tail Waterfall – definitely an experience to push the limits for!

Online Entries and Registration

Online entries will open on Friday. 22 November 2019 with the Early Bird special at 10:00am. Early Bird tickets will be available until 10am on Friday, 27 December 2019. Online entries will close at Midday on Friday, 24 January 2020. Please note that entries will be available on the day of the event but at a R50 surcharge (U18s exempt). Registration and late entries will open at 6am and close at 7:30am on the day of the event. Please arrive with plenty of time to process your registration.

Cupless Water Tables

As KZNTR is moving toward the more ecologically friendly cupless water tables, we ask you to please ensure that you bring your own trail cup, water bottles and/or hydration packs for on-course hydration and refills!


KZNTR KidZone will be available in the race village for children (2yrs+). Experienced childminders will supervise and entertain your children while you enjoy the trails. Juice and water will be provided by KZNTR for your children. Please pack food and snacks and appropriate clothing for your children for the duration of your run. 

Karkloof Canopy Tours

We have partnered with the Karkloof Canopy Tours to offer a discount on all Canopy Tours booked over the weekend of the Gilboa Challenge! Quote “Gilboa” when making your booking to save R200pp! Bookings can be made by emailing info@karkloofcanopytour.co.za or calling 033 330 3415.


Venue: Bushwillow Caravan Park, Karkloof.

  • Travel northbound on the N3.
  • Take the Howick North / Tweedie offramp and turn right into Howick.
  • Continue straight on Main Rd and at the 4th set of traffic lights, turn left onto the Karkloof Rd.
  • Travel for ~22km and Bushwillow Caravan Park will come up on the left. The road turns to dirt after 20km, but is good quality and easily  drivable in a sedan. The turn to Bushwillow is signposted.

For a Google Map link, click Here.

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