Gilboa Challenge

26 January 2020

Course Details

Start: 7:45am | Walkers Welcome

Distance: 4km

Elevation gain: 132m

Water tables: 1 table on 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: 7:30am | Walkers Welcome

Distance: 10km

Elevation gain: 692m

Water tables: 2 tables on 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: 7:00am

Distance: 15km

Elevation gain: 822m

Water tables: 2 tables on 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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Details Price Qty
4km (Early Bird)show details + R90.00 (ZAR)  
4km (Early Bird, U18)show details + R50.00 (ZAR)  
10km (Early Bird)show details + R130.00 (ZAR)  
10km (Early Bird, U18)show details + R70.00 (ZAR)  
15km (Early Bird)show details + R160.00 (ZAR)  

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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 Friday, 03 January 2020 at 12:00pm. 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 6:00am 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 for Children (2yrs+). Experienced childminders will allow parents to get out and enjoy exhilarating trails by distracting (and watching over) the little ones with stimulating and fun activities at the Race Village.

Karkloof Canopy Tours

For all those adventure enthusiasts, bookings made for canopy tours will save R200pp on the weekend of the event! To qualify, quote “Gilboa” when making your booking. Bookings can be made by emailing info@karkloofcanopytour.co.za or calling 033 330 3415.


Venue: Bushwillow Caravan Park, Karkloof.

  • Travel northbound on 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 Karkloof Rd.
  • Travel for ~22km and Bushwillow Caravan Park will come up on the left (the last 1.3km will be dirt roads and the turn is signposted).

For a Google Map link, click Here.

In Association With

All the gear you’ll need for your next trail expedition. Available online from Trail Shed.