Savanna Origin of Trails gears up for 10-year celebration!

The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience, one of Stellenbosch’s most iconic MTB races, is gearing up to mark its 10th anniversary on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2023! Entries are Open!

“We can’t wait to celebrate ten fantastic years of mountain biking at the 2023 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the event. “It goes without saying that the 10th year celebration will be one for the records. Stellenbosch’s vast network of world-class and exclusive trails will always be the foundation of the event which already makes it fantastic, but this year we plan to really shake up the vibrant city of Stellenbosch by bringing the ‘MTB Party’ home.”

“As a Stellenbosch based sports marketing agency, we are proud to promote the building and maintenance of MTB trails in Stellenbosch by supporting the Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF),” continues Meyer. “STF continues to go the extra mile to ensure that Stellenbosch’s off-road community get to enjoy world class trails on their doorstep. We’ve been supporting STF since the event’s inception in 2013 and are proud to continue showing our support in 2023.”

Meyer adds in closing: “Join us in the festival village located at the Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University and get ready for an unforgettable celebration both on and off the bike.”

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EVENT INFORMATION2023 Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience

Affectionately dubbed ‘SA’s MTB Party of the Year’, the Savanna Origin of Trails is an individual 2-Day MTB Stage Race that highlights the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch. Mountain bikers will be treated to a vast network of world-class and exclusive trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2023 – Sunday 19 November 2023
Start and Finish Venue: Coetzenburg Stellenbosch University
Start Time: 08:00
Event Format: Two-Day Stage Race for individual riders
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee: Full Marathon

Age:  18+

Distance Day 1:  +-45km
Distance Day 2:  +-48km
Entry Fee: R2500.00

Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00

Half Marathon

Age:  18+

Distance Day 1:  +-29km
Distance Day 2:  +-31km
Entry Fee: R2300.00

Additional Tented Accommodation: R1500.00

Entries Open: Wednesday 01 March 2023
Entries Close: Monday 06 November 2023 or once full capacity has been reached


The entry fee includes:

  • Exclusive First Ascent Rider Jersey
  • Finisher Cotton Tee
  • Finisher Medal
  • Spectacular on route experience
  • Access to world class routes that are usually not open to the public.
  • A light breakfast with coffee on both days.
  • A scrumptious lunch on both days.
  • Complimentary drinks and refreshments.
  • Well stocked water points (on route and in the race village)
  • Entertainment (on route and in the race village)


CHARITY SUPPORT: The Savanna Origin of Trails proudly supports the Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF), a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) entirely funded by donations from local trail users and corporate sponsors. Since 2011, STF’s aim has been to create, improve and maintain hiking, biking and running trails in and around the Greater Stellenbosch


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