Living up to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN reputation, the 2-Day XPLORE KZN is the perfect prelude to what to expect from the flagship 3-Day event, boasting magnificent trails, spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere and a great vibe.

Taking the format of a 2 day individual stage race with manageable distances of 20km and 15km on Day 1 and 2 respectively, the routes are perfectly suitable to all levels of runners wishing to complete their first stage race!  Runners can look forward to exploring the most spectacular terrain and never before seen trails of the Dargle area, nestled deep in the scenic Natal Midlands (only 90min from Durban). Expect varied terrain through grasslands, indigenous forests and pine forests; leaving you hungry for more trails, adventure and fun times with the AFRICANX family!

When not running, runners can look forward to relaxing in the race village chill zone, swimming in the river, exchanging running tales and soaking up the stunning lush green surroundings of the Dargle area! Of course you will be treated to delicious meals and can expect some awesome surprises to make the weekend even more special!

The inaugural event in 2022 will be kept to a small, intimate and unique group of runners who wish to come and experience this piece of paradise! With only 50 entries available, there is no time to waste in getting those entries in!

Get your buddies together and “Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”!


 Date: 9 – 10 April 2022
Venue: The Dargle, KZN
Event Format: Individual Stage Trail Run
Start Times & Venues: To be announced soon!
Entries Open: 15 January 2022
 Entries Close: 31 March 2022
 Entry Includes:
  • 6 Meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • First Ascent event garment
  • Finisher tee
  • Finisher medal
  • Race village
  • Chill area: gin bar 
  • Evening bonfires
  • THIRSTI refreshment zone
  • Fully stocked waterpoints
  • Awesome goody bag
  • Exclusive access to trails
  • Full medical support
  • Well marked trails 
  • Hot showers & toilets
  • True AFRICANX experience
  • Timing


Should the 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLORE taking place from the 9th to the 1oth of April be cancelled or postponed as a result of any events beyond the event organizer’s control (i.e. due to force majeure, COVID-19 restrictions, or legislation introduced by the South African government, etc.), then the following refund policy will apply to entrants:

  • Runners will be refunded 80% of their paid for entry, should the event be cancelled or postponed by Sunday, 6 March 2022. Alternatively, runners will be able to roll their event entry to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLORE in 2023.
  • Runners will be refunded 70% of their paid for entry, should the event be cancelled or postponed between Monday, 7 March 2022 and Monday, 4 April 2022 . Alternatively, runners will be able to roll their event entry to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLORE taking place in 2023.
  • Should the event be cancelled within four (4) days of the event (i.e. from Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April 2022), or on any day of the three-day event, runners will not be refunded any of their paid entry fees (0%).

It must also be noted that runners who pay and enter automatically qualify for their First Ascent Event Garment, and will receive their garment should any of the above scenarios apply.


Refunds are permissible, based on medical grounds only, until 28 February 2022. An administration fee of 10% will be applicable.

Roll-Overs are permissible, based on medical grounds only, up to 1 month prior to the event (9 March 2022). An administration fee of R250 per person is applicable. Please note the following conditions regarding Roll-Overs apply:

Participants will be liable for any change in entry fee from one year to the next
Roll-Overs are valid for ONE year only. If the participant does not, for any reason, participate in the event in the year they have entered for or the year there after their entry fee will NOT be refunded
The event organisers are entitled to make venue and/or date changes and will not be held liable for roll-over entries that cannot be used as a result.

Substitutions are permissible however, an administration fee of R250 per person. Substitutions are only available online, please use your ID number and login to complete the process.

2022 Route Information Coming Soon!