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There is a wide variety of wildlife in the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve Wilderness Area.

Some are well known, some more popular to spot than others and some are easier to spot.

Not all of the four-legged you'll find on the trail run route are bigger or faster than our runners ...

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Who are these Legends one runs with?

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The Baviaanskloof Trail Run has the strap line 'run with legends'.

So, who are these legends one runs with?

When the event was conceived over a decade ago it was relatively easy to create a strap line for the run. After all, when a route in the wilderness area of a World Heritage site takes in legendary wildlife, flora and almost pre-history what else could it be but a 'run with legends'.

The legends one runs with are not only limited to wildlife such as the leopard, black rhino and Cape buffalo. The Baviaanskloof was so named for the prolific baboon population and on traversing the kloof one would be extremely unfortunate not to spot magnificent kudo. There are also legends of the flora world such as cycads, the endangered Willowmore Cedar and the unique spekboom. There are numerous examples of rock art, and the kloof is littered with legend and fable of human history dating back to early man and as recent as last week.

Add to this our 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof', those who have received a magnificent Alan Ainslie artwork and are recorded as Legends in their own right.

While you may not always see a four-legged 'legend', or get close to rock art while on the run route, but you will be able to spot Willowmore Cedars, see cycads and run next to, around and through spekboom.

You will also run with our own Baviaans Legends while you 'run with legends'.

You don't get more legendary.


You will definitely see black rhino and leopard, even if not in breathing eating form!

The Alan Ainslie black rhino sculptures, black rhino Legend Award and leopard Legend of Legends Award.

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Alan Ainslie 'Legend' & 'Legend of Legends' Awards
'Legend ' Award, framed ready for presentation
Black Rhino trophy by Alan Ainslie 


Note 2:

There is a good chance you will come across the modern legends of the kloof while driving past the farmlands on either side of the Reserve.

Sheep and goats!


Entries Closed

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Entries to the 2018 Baviaanskloof Trail Run closed at noon on 19 August.

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No cup, no run! Anti-spill cups optional

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In about three weeks we willl ‘run with legends’.  

We are rather proud of initiating what we have been told was a world first – no cups on the route, with each runner obliged to carry their own unbreakable cup. 

The simple reason for our ‘no cup - no run rule’ is that we are extremely privileged to route the run through a wilderness section of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve (a World Heritage Site). 

To reduce the potential of litter, which can so easily and inadvertently happen should wind hit a feed station and blow cups into the veldt, there are no cups and runners are required to run with their own personal unbreakable cup. 
Any proper sized unbreakable cup can be used (a kiddies tea set cup won’t qualify!), and of course it can always be used to build sand castles if the runner stops for a breather ... or rather, to soak up the views and take a few photographs!
A suggested cup for those who like to drink on the run…
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In all seriousness -- No Cup, No Run!


Bergplaas Refurbishment: Part 2

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Funds from the trail run well used at Bergplaas.

A few months ago a team spent the weekend at Bergplaas in the Baviaanskloof refurbishing the hut for ECPTA.

The results were such that since then the hut has practically had a 100% occupancy over weekends, creating a nice income stream for the ECPTA.

For a recap of what we achieved see here 

There were a few small-ish additional projects that we were not able to complete at the time, and last weekend Colin Schroder and Jimmy de Scande were back at Bergplaas to finish off the loose ends on behalf of the trail run.

Two of the finishing touches were:

Replacing all the blinds and the foam & cushion covers inside the hut; before and after images-

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Rebuilding the braai

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There are also new latte around the braai boma and a second water tank has been installed.

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We were very pleased to hear that the solar charger which was installed is still operating 100%, and spare light bulbs were left at the hut.

Thank you to our runners. These improvements are all thanks to your participation in our trail run. 

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The scree section that drops runners from the ridge into the Geelhoutboskloof in seconds, if they slip!, has a reputation for being well, unstable.

Our scree has built up quite a reputation -- grazes, bruises, trashed shoes, mutters and naval language, cuts and stitches, broken spectacles, bent hiking poles, our scree has done it all.

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Scree* on the Baviaanskloof Trail Run

The scree can be a harsh place to slip. Not so much the slipping but the landing ...

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A top training tip.

Use a hiking pole. Hiking or trekking poles provide stability over rough terrain and will help runners (and our flag team!) keep their footing. This applies for all uneven trails, not only on the treacherous Baviaanskloof scree section.

Scree* an accumulation of loose stones or rocky debris lying on a slope or at the base of a hill or cliff

Source: Mirriam-Webster


Salute Our Rangers on World Ranger Day

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"World Ranger Day is observed on the 31st of July each year. It is the day to commemorate the many Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also the day to celebrate Rangers and the work they do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures."

On behalf of our runners and Event Partners we applaud and give thanks to the team of Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency Rangers who preserve and protect the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.

Rangers such as the ever cheerful Sebenzile Rwexu who was presented with his 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' award in 2013 having completed three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs.

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Entries are open...

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Entries for the 2018 Baviaanskloof Trail Run are open

See here



Raw, unfenced wilderness

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It's raw

It's unfenced

It's wilderness

It's not manicured

It's bumpy, very bumpy!

It's the Baviaanskloof Trail Run

Add to the mix the large to extra-large four-legged local residents, maybe a few belly-slithering hissing viper-type inhabitants, the notorious skin-ripping scree and the much-treasured Alan Ainslie artwork, makes for a combination that meets pretty much every trail running sensory and memory upload need.

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Every runner who completes three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs receives a framed, signed, limited edition art work by world renowned wilderness sculptor and painter Alan Ainslie

Did we mention our environmentally friendly world-first 'No Cup. No Run' Rule? *

Images: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures & Baviaanskloof Trail Run archives

* A world-first, so we have been informed


Bergplaas Refurbishment

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This past weekend a group of volunteers put in a tremendous amount of work at the Bergplaas hut in the Baviaanskloof, making it fit for purpose.

Part of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run entry fee is allocated to East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency and another portion is allocated for use within the Baviaanskloof. The trail run is extremely proud to have been able to facilitate the Bergplaas hut refurbishment.

The work party of 'volunteers', some seemingly encouraged under somewhat false pretences

"Come to Bergplaas he said. It will be fun he said. And it was!"

"Just a few things to sort out he said!"


Still smiling before heading home after a satisfying weekend

Back, left to right: Eric Hosten, Isolda Hosten, Tony Allen, Neill Purdon, Barbara de Scande, Jimmy de Scande,

Evie Raubenheimer, Darrell Raubenheimer

Seated front: Andrew Gray, Mandy la Mude, Colin Schroder

A plaque was mounted on the dining area wall to mark the refurbishment, and to thank various parties who supported the project. See here

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The team replaced the solar power system, erected a stand for the 1000L water header tank and linked it to the bathroom, built a braai and repaired the boma, painted the entire inside and outside of the hut, sanded and sealed wood counters in the kitchen area, repaired the interior lights, installed two fire extinguishers, installed gutters and down pipes to the water tanks, hung five wildlife drawings in the lounge area.

A second 1000L water tank was donated to ECPTA for the Baviaanskloof firefighting team.

Some before, after and action shots 

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 Lounge area - before  ... during; Isolda & Eric ... after


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Jimmy (orange cap) & Neill constructing the stand & installing the 1000L water tank    Second water tank for firefighting
  Tony & Jimmy prepare to remove door, for Barbara to repair & paint Boma repairs 
Evie our Trail Run Race Director with paint brush    Starting the first coat
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More first coat At last, the second coat
Barbara goes sanding ...  Andrew goes solar ... ... and then goes painting 
Neill makes sure gutters are secure Mandy gets the windows ship shape Power tools need power
 Installing the solar system  Safely & securely caged  
Outside painting & downpipes...Done!   

To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill "Never has so much been accomplished, by so few, in such a short period of time".


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