The spectacular Goukamma Nature Reserve, a Cape Nature Reserve to the East of Sedgefield, is usually host to the tough yet popular annual Goukamma Traverse Trail Run. However due to the damage sustained to the reserve by the Knysna Fires in June 2017, organisers of the trail run felt that despite the green flush coming through, that the reserve is still ‘in recovery phase’ and would like to give it more time to bounce back to its usual beauty.
“Surrounded as we are by so much choice for special places to trail run,” said race director, Amanda Dixon, “we made the decision to move the trail run to the Cape Dune Molerat Trail, part of the Wilderness section of SANPark’s Garden Route National Park. The trail is situated in the hamlet of Rondevlei, 6kms west of Sedgefield and overlooks Rondevlei, one of a series of lakes between Swartvlei to the east and the Touw River to the west. A spectacular outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, it hosts a variety of aquatic, bird and plant species and has been proclaimed as a Ramsar site (a wetland of international importance).”
The trail run will take on the new name “Rondevlei Traverse” and distances will include the 16km Traverse and a 5km Family Fun Trail Run. “The 16km route is a tough and challenging run” said Dixon “and will traverse single track trails through fynbos biome on the Cape Dune Molerat Trail and into primary Afromontane forest trails on private farms to the north of the reserve. The 5km run is a perfect circular route for beginner trail runners and kids. Both distances will give runners spectacular panoramic views of some of the inland vleis and lakes to the east, south and north.”
With amazing sweeping views over Swartvlei, the start/ finish venue for the Rondevlei Traverse will be at the magnificent 5 star Lakeside Lodge. Karl Pietersen, General Manager of Lakeside Lodge said, “We’re very excited to be hosting the event at our lodge. It’s the perfect setting to host an outdoor event and we’ll be adding a few Easter trail running specials to our menu for the day for all who are hungry. We have also sponsored two lucky draw prizes; 2-night stays for 2 people sharing with a 2 course dinner and breakfast.”
“We have 3 great sponsors on board this year- Pick n Pay, Lakeside Lodge and Wimpy which means that we have both cash and great prizes up for grabs!” said organizer Amanda Dixon.
The event will take place on Sat 31st March 2018. Registration will be at Lakeside Lodge. Register for the 16km from 07h15-08h15, race starts at 08h30. Register for the 5km from 07h30-08h45, race starts at 09h00.
Do NOT miss the Rondevlei Traverse, it’s one of the most spectacular runs you’ll ever do!!