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De Hoop Collections’ Merrell Whale of Trail 2023

August 4, 2023 - August 6, 2023

De Hoop Collection Merrell Whale of Trail

The De Hoop Collection in the De Hoop Nature Reserve is hosting the popular Merrell Whale of Trail again this year. It is scheduled for the weekend of 4 to 6 August 2023, with the main race on Saturday 5 August.

The Merrell Whale of Trail’s 53km Ultra event on De Hoop Nature Reserve’s Whale Trail hiking route is a ‘once-a-year must-do’ for athletes wanting a challenge. It comes with spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridge lines, sandy beach stretches and unlimited beautiful vistas. It offers pretty much the only opportunity each year for a limited number of nature loving athletes to run hard on the trail while treading lightly on the earth. With only 1900m of elevation gain over 53km, it’s the perfect introductory trail ultra. While for those not quite ready for an ultra distance but wanting to be a part of the incredible atmosphere, there is the less challenging 35km route.

A short three hour drive from Cape Town or George, the race route starts at the base of the Potberg Mountain, winds up and along fynbos covered peaks past the Cape Vulture colony, with spectacular views of the Breede River Valley and then descends to Noetsie Bay. Then it turns west and winds along the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean to finally end on the beach at Koppie Alleen in CapeNature’s flagship De Hoop Nature Reserve.

The De Hoop Collection, situated alongside the Ramsar Vlei, is the ideal family getaway. It offers guided nature drives, bird and marine walks, mountain biking trails, bike rentals, eco boat trips on the Vlei and whale watching. It has also recently added the De Hoop Trail -‘Vlei to Whales’ – to its trail experiences, which promises a memorable walking experience with a distance of about 38km covered over four days. There is no excuses anymore, especially with the brand-new De Mond Villa providing accommodation for a fully catered and guided experience. De Hoop offers a wide range of accommodation options designed to suit all budgets. There are special rates for the Merrell Whale of Trail 2023 runners and families and glamping tents are available at R2 600 for two people for two nights.

All accommodation bookings can be made directly with the De Hoop Collection: res@dehoopcollection.co.za.
For race entries and more information, visit www.whaleoftrail.co.za.

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August 4, 2023
August 6, 2023
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