THIRSTI AFRICANX 2021 routes announced!

 “Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

Stillwater Sports is excited to announce the routes of the 11th edition of the THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun that will take place at the Houw Hoek Hotel, in the Western Cape, over the weekend of 26 – 28 March 2021.

South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run, the THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun will see teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) battling it out on a route varying in distances each day.  Each stage will feature a different route that is guaranteed to keep things exciting while leaving runners in awe.

“Paul Cluver Wine Estate has always been a firm favourite of the AFRICANX Trailrun,” says Michael Meyer, founder of the event and Managing Director of Stillwater Sports.  “This stage will definitely set the tone for a fun-filled weekend of trail running.  Starting at the picturesque Paul Cluver Amphitheatre, Stage 1 highlights sections of the stunning Estate trails before heading back towards Houw Hoek, traversing a number of private farms in the process.  If you love running sweeping single tracks that are accompanied by spectacular views, you will love this stage.” 

“Stage 2 will see runners lining up at the picturesque Wildekrans Wine Estate,” continues Meyer.  “Including sections that go through Wildekrans Wine Estate, Botriver Farm, Beaumont Wine Estate and Kat Pas before finishing at the Houw Hoek Hotel, Stage 2 is the ‘Queen Stage’ with the longest distance, most climbing and most technical trails.  The first 18km on Wildekrans is a real treat and a perfect way to get warmed up.  After Beaumont Wine Estate things will start to get interesting as you climb up to the iconic hiking trail that undulates above Bot River Farm towards the Houw Hoek Hotel on a technical trail that crosses rivers and provides some of the best views of the weekend.  The reward will always outweigh the challenge.”

“The third and final stage will also be the AFRICANX’s much anticipated ‘Dress Up Day’,” confirms Meyer.  “Starting at the Houw Hoek Farm Stall, the Stage 3 route will boast sections of the magnificent Lebanon Trails, which are new to AFRICANX, before going through a culvert under the N2. From here the finish line at Houw Hoek is in sight and emotions will start to rise as the 3 days draw to a close.  Don’t forget to dress up.  There is no specific theme, instead runners are encouraged to let their creativity reign.  Enjoy the third and final stage to the fullest, take in the views and let nature give you one last run for your money!”


2021 Event Information:  THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun

Date: Friday 26 March 2021 – Sunday 28 March 2021
Format: Three-day stage race / teams of two (male/female/mixed)
Festival Village:  On the grounds of the Houw Hoek Hotel (Bot River, Overberg Region / Western Cape)
Start Time: From 07:00 in batches, 15 minutes apart
Start, Finish and Distance: Day 1:  +- 24km / total climb 650m
Start:  Paul Cluver Wine Estate
Finish:  Houw Hoek Hotel
Day 2:  +- 31km / total climb 850m
Start:  Wildekrans Wine Estate
Finish:  Houw Hoek Hotel
Day 3:  +- 20km / total climb 450m
Start:  Houw Hoek Farm Stall
Finish:  Houw Hoek Hotel


There are two entry options available:

  1. R3400 per person – this includes breakfast and lunch, but excludes dinner and accommodation.
  2. R3900 per person – this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, but excludes accommodation.


Iconic to the THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun, ALL entrants will receive an event hoodie and an exclusive finisher’s t-shirt, amongst other exciting sponsor gifts!


CHARITY SUPPORTThe THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun proudly supports The Timothy James Harlow Foundation (TJHF), a non-profit organisation that searches for opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities.  Runners can support the TJHF by making a donation when entering the event online.  This year entrants have the opportunity to get more involved by suggesting a candidate and/or cause that they’d like the TJHF to support.  Suggestions can be sent to


PLEASE NOTE:  The event organisers will at all times adhere to Government Regulations regarding COVID-19.


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For additional information on the THIRSTI AFRICANX Trailrun please visit, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email


Who is THIRSTI? 

THIRSTI is more than just Natural Spring Water; THIRSTI is a way of life. THIRSTI attracts a young, vibrant market with a thirst for life and authentic experiences. 

THIRSTI started production at the end of 2015 with their iconic Still and Sparkling ranges. 2019 saw the release of the ultimate sports drink, ISOFIT+, and a bold THIRSTI Flavours range was added in 2020. 

With its unique taste, attractive design, and a pH level of 8, THIRSTI has made massive strides in its relatively short time in the market with listings in all major retailers throughout South Africa. 

THIRSTI has a strong focus on event sponsorships across multiple sporting codes and, in 2019, they became the hydration partner to both the Comrades Marathon as well as The Sharks rugby team. Adding to this, was the 2021 announcement of the ASBA Cape Epic official water partnership. 

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