Route Profiles

The Recce Mission follows a marked route along the Eastern escarpment, the Kwena Basin and the Highlands of Mpumalanga. The surface of the route is mostly farm (including single, 2-spoor, cattle and Jeep track), plantation and secondary district roads that are not well maintained and that are isolated.

The following Recce Mission information will be issued in electronic format one week before D-Day:

–               Route instructions

–               Route on 1:50 000 Topographic Maps with GPS coordinates of key points on the route

–               Route sketches based on limited Local Pop Intel.

MTB Mission  

Mountain bikers will cover more than 200 km on tar, district, railway service, forest and farm roads, as well as Jeep track and single track.


Trail Mission  

Trail runners will cover just below 100 km on mostly farm roads and Jeep, mountain and river single track, as well as cattle tracks.



Dual Mission The Dual Mission Trail Running section will cover an off-road marathon and a 145 km MTB section. The total elevation gain of the Dual Mission is almost 4,000 meters.

Stage 1: The Dual Mission Trail Running section follows the Crocodile river into the Donkerhoek valley and to Fort Falls TB on the 1st leg of the Trail Mission route. They will recce a local footpath on the Eastern Escarpment before descending to the MTB transition at Fort Falls TB.

Stage 2: The Dual Mission MTB section follows the final 145 km of the MTB Mission. MTB riders will join the MTB Mission route at Fort Kloof TB. The ascent out of the basin will be a brutal climb and this 500 m elevation gain is only the beginning of the assault on De Berg…