Cell C AfricanX Trailrun

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When participants describe a race as “feeling like heaven”, then you know you’ve provided a sublime weekend of entertainment and exercise. And that’s exactly what the AfricanX Trailrun does, with runners euphorically praising the route of this hugely popular run.


Born in 2009, the event has become a must-do event for trail enthusiasts. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX Trailrun has grown rapidly and is now capped at 400 teams of two. Now based at the historic Houw Hoek Inn after four years in Kleinmond, the AfricanX Trailrun takes runners on a challenging three-day adventure through some of the most immaculate terrain in the country. The team format adds to the experience, with runners having to carefully approach each day with a sound strategy. It’s not just for hardcore trail bunnies, though. Road runners will enjoy some sections of the route that are fast and flat, but remember – a rugged climb is never far off.


 Date:  17 – 19 March 2017
 Venue:  Houw Hoek Inn, Grabouw
 Start Times:
 Stage 1:  08h00
 Stage 2:  08h00
 Stage 3:  08h00
 Pre-Entries Open:   13 March 2016
 Pre-Entries Close:  26 February 2017


Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by Asics Route Maps and Profiles 2016

Stage One – 2016

Start: Houw Hoek Inn

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn



Those who did AfricanX Trail Run in the past would recognize some of the sections. For 2016 the route is anti-clockwise with a combination of trails utilised during 2014 and 2015.  First single track this year only after 7km to avoid bottle necks experienced previously.  Start on wide road towards Paul Cluver Estate via Korteshoven and Libanon Village. From Paul Cluver Estate back to Houw Hoek Inn via Thandi. 4 Water Points at 8 Km, 15km 22,6km and 29,5. Water Point 2 at Pau Cluver Estate and water Point 3 at Thandi will also be spectator points where family and friens are welcome to support.

Terrain: Non-technical easy running terrain with lots of single track running. No major climbs this year but a lot of up and down



Stage Two – 2016

Start: Ongegund

Finish: Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

Distance: 34km

Ascent: 1100m

Summary (from start to finish):Start from Ongegund heading towards Gantouw Pass. Historical traverse of the Hottentots Holland Mountains via old ox wagon trails. Leading into the awesome flowing single tracks of the Cape Pine Forest. Easy running. To the second water point at Grabouw Country Club. Shortly after the climbs start to the hiking trail along Groenland Berg – the most rugged trail of the event.

Terrain: Varies – Gantouw pas is a steep fairly technical climb, followed by sweeping single tracks before the loose rocky narrow hiking trail on the foot of Groenland Berg. From the last water point it is mostly downhill on open roads. 4 Water Points at 9km, 19km 24,5km and 29,5km. Water Point 2 at the Grabouw Country Club is the only spectator point of the day.

What can Runners look forward to experiencing (any highlights): Gantouw pass because of its historical value, and the views from the hiking trail at Groenlad Berg. This is the stage with the most variety.



Stage Three – 2016

Start: Wilderkrans Estate

Finish: Houw Hoek Inn



Summary (from start to finish): New Start at Wildekrans for stage 3. Runners will do a 8,5km loop on Wildekrans bck to the start where the 1st water point will be. Spectators can support at the start and wait for the runners to run past water point 1 on their way to Botriver. After the start we have a 1,5km open road section before the single track fun on Wildekrans start. The rest of the Wildekrans loop is mostly easy running single tracks with lots of ups and downs, no major climbs. From Wildekrans the trail heads to Beaumont and the hiking trail up the valley on route Houw Hoek Inn.

Terrain: First halve is easy running single tracks with open road links leading to the hiking trail next to Kat Pass. 3 Water Points – 8,5km, 13km and 18km. The first water point at Wildekrans is also the spectator point

What can Runners look forward to experiencing (any highlights): Easy Running new single tracks at Wildekrans, a new addition to the event and the “crowd favourite” the Beaumont Hiking Trail up the valley and the final run down the Houw Hoek Switch Backs where they already can experience the atmosphere of the finish line


How to get to Houw Hoek Inn?

To reduce your carbon footprint cycling would be the best way to get to Houw Hoek Inn but we suggest that perhaps you drive and follow our directions!

Where is it?

40min from Cape Town international airport 20min from Somerset West 30 min from Caledon

From Cape Town and Cape Town International

Follow N2 past Somerset West and over Sir Lowrys Pass. Continue past Grabouw and onto the Houw Hoek Pass. Once descending down the pass, look out for the Houw Hoek Farm Stall and the Houw Hoek Inn will be on your left hand side. To view a map click here