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What's on in and around Knysna

Sporting and other Competitive Events

KnysnaX Trail Series Summer Run
Blackwaters River Lodge
Monday 2nd Jaunary 2023
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The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event that takes place in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. Your race will officially start as you check in at Belvedere and continue all the way through spectacular fynbos and run along the old Knysna Railway. Fun and scenic, the 9km run will follow parts of the railway and Buffalo Trail. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery all along the Knysna Railway. A trail run you do not want to miss.
(7th) 7 Passes MTB
Wilderness to The Farm, Knynsa
Saturday 7th January 2023
2022 2016 2022
This route offers the perfect opportunity for gravel-bikers to take on the 29ers. E-bikers are also welcome on this non-technical route. 7Passes MTB also offers a shorter route for younger or not so fit riders who still want to be part of the action! Leeuwenbosch Dairies will once again support the 38km event which starts from the Highlands Cash Store in the humble little village of Karatara.
(17th) Attakwas Extreme
Oudtshoorn to Great Brak River
Saturday 21st January 2023
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Welcome to South Africa's toughest one-day MTB race! Dare to conquer our 121km route with a 2900m vertical ascent. Too daunting? Try the Attakwas Half, a 52km route with a 1100m elevation gain.
(11th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals (U13)
Waterfront, Knysna
Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th February
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Water polo players from a wide range of schools across South Africa prepare to visit Knysna and enjoy what it offers at the annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors.
(2nd) Barrington's Beer Pong Championship
Barrington's, Plettenberg Bay
Saturday 4th February 2023
We had such a blast at last year’s Beer Pong Championship, we thought, why not! Let’s do it again and again and again! Join us in celebrating our nation’s favourite beverage and sign up for, our now annual, Barrington’s Beer Pong Championship on South African National Beer Day. 16 teams will compete on 4 tables and one lucky pair will be crowned the 2023 champions. Fab prizes up for grabs and the winners will walk away with a voucher for a 30lt Barrington’s Party Keg to be booked when the occasion arises!
Interprovincial Biathlon
Highgate Ostrich Farm, Oudtshoorn
Saturday 4th February 2023
It is next to the SA Biathlon Championships, the biggest biathlon event in South Africa. About 551 athletes from eight provinces will participate in this event.
(11th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals (U19)
Waterfront, Knysna
Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th February
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Water polo players from a wide range of schools across South Africa prepare to visit Knysna and enjoy what it offers at the annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors.
MTO Twilight Trail Run
Royston Farms, The Crags
Thursday 6thh July 2023
This event is about the routes and experiencing the night not the nightlife. Get to experience the true magic of running at night on two well-marked routes. Running at night opens a whole new world to runners. One gets into the zone of your headlight, with limited visibility your other senses sharpen and bring you back closer to nature than ever. There will be two routes of approximately 5,5 km and 12 km. Once again the longer run will have something new to keep it interesting so something new on what is becoming a tried and tested route.
(10th) PE>>PLETT (MTB)
Thornhill to Natures Valley
Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th February 2023
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The journey from PE to PLETT must be one of the most diverse mountain bike rides in Southern Africa. This 4-stage and 3-night linear journey provides 300 riders each year the privilege to traverse mountain bike heaven. From the single tracks of 3 Rivers Trails, forests of MTO and the views from Sanparks Otter Trail, this is one journey not to miss out on. We are not targeting the Racing Snakes but more the keen mountain biker who wants a great ride and to be in the village by 1pm. All the time looking forward to an afternoon of chilling and bonding.
(11th) Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals (U15)
Waterfront, Knysna
Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th February 2023
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Water polo players from a wide range of schools across South Africa prepare to visit Knysna and enjoy what it offers at the annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival. These festivals have become an integral part of Oakhill School, not only to grow the game of water polo but to expose our beautiful town and everything it has to offer to the festival visitors.
(7th) Knysna Heads Marathon
Thesen Harbour Town
Saturday 4th March 2023
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This fast and flat marathon is a great qualifier for Two Oceans and Comrades. The scenic route takes you out along the lagoon to Leisure Isle, and then back out to the Phantom Pass Road, and finishes at Thesen Island. Many a PB has been done on this route. There are options for a 42.2km full marathon or the 21.1km half-marathon.
(8th) TransCape MTB
George to Botrivier
Saturday 4th - Friday 10th March 2023
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TransCape is an iconic South African mountain biking event taking 100 intrepid adventurers on an incredible journey across the Western Cape. It will be the best thing you do on your bike all year…! not to mention the hardcore luxury experience off the bike! TransCape offers the discerning mountain biker a unique endurance event with the perfect balance between an adventurous on-the-bike challenge and a premium off-the-bike experience. TransCape is based on passion, attention to detail, love for the outdoors, and the finer things in life.
Rip Curl GromSearch
Victoria Bay
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th March 2023
The GromSearch series allows kids to compete against the best surfers in the same age bracket from their country. This format provides these groms an insight into a life of competitive surfing and gives them the invaluable experience of surfing and competing in different waves around the country.
(1st) Light Tackle Boat Angling World Championship
Mossel Bay
Saturday 11th - Saturday 18th March 2023
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Light tackle boat angling is a unique form of sport angling, in that it limits its rated class line to a maximum of four kilograms' breaking strength.
Knysna Yacht Club Interclub Regatta
Knysna Yacht Club
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th March 2023
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2022 information - A weekend of fun sailing, sundowners, friends, great food, camping and memories. A great place to spend a weekend with great sunsets and views of the lagoon. The historic regatta goes back to 1928 and now features yacht racers from East London, Port Elizabeth, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and Cape Town.
South African Championships Canoe Polo
Portland Manor, Knysna
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th March 2023
2019 information - African Champs welcomes teams worldwide, who would like to join us! SA Canoe Polo would like to take this opportunity to invite individual international players to atted this year's African Championship Canoe Polo to make up international Barbarian teams. Best venue in South Africa - come visit and play canoe polo in AFRICA!!
Cape Polo Champs
Kurland Estate, The Crags
Friday 24th - Saturday 25th March 2023
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Oubos MTB
Blanco Primary School, George
Saturday 25th March 2023
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Participants in the mountain bike marathon can sign up for a 10km, 25km or 50km distance. There will also be a 2km Colourfun walk. Please bring with the whole family as there will be food stalls, “potjie kos” competition and music
Uniondale Trail Run
Uniondale Show Grounds, Uniondale
Saturday 25th March 2023
Join us for the new Uniondale Trail Run and by doing so support the local NG Church in their fundraising project. Although the Uniondale Trail Run is the new kid on the block…it promises to be loads of fun. With 3 different distances on the menu there is literary no excuse not to enter…whether you are old or young, fit or unfit we have a distance that will suit you. The routes will consist out of single and jeep track and will start and finish at the Uniondale Show Grounds. And of course there will be lots to eat and drink ... so don’t forget your cash or a bank card or two to swipe!
KnysnaX Trail Series Autumn Run
Blackwaters River Lodge
Sunday 2nd April 2023
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The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event that takes place in the heart of the Garden Route, Knysna. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. We have an exciting 6km fun run too. A fun scenic trail run for the entire family. Children are welcome to enter this fun run but must kindly be accompanied by an adult. The route has a lot of climbing, so be prepared. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery of the Knysna Railway. A trail run you do not want to miss.
SA Open Polo
Kurland Estate Pavilion, The Crags
Wednesday 5th, Saturday 8th, Wednesday 12th, Saturday 15th April 2023
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Our annual SA Open Polo Competition is back again this year! A wonderful day out for anyone that wishes to watch an exciting, adrenaline-filled polo game along with drinks, food and music! The 15th of April will be the finals day! Level of polo is 15 goal - so it will be fast and it will be competitive.
(12th) BUCO Cairnbrogie Trail Runs
Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay
Saturday 8th April 2023
2023 2019 2021 2021
Our traditional Easter Weekend Trail Runs with great coffee and Easter eggs for the kids and Lucky draws galore.
Dirt Oval Track Racing - SA National Qualifiers
Groeneweid Park, George
Saturday 8th April 2023
2 heats + Final. Gates open: 10h00. Dirt Karting Race Start: 12h00. Classes: Newbies, 160/200 Pro, 270cc, 390 Mods and more. Stock Car Racing Starts: 17h00. Classes: 2.1’s, Mini’s, 1660’s, Hotrods, V8 Sprints, Crosskarts, Heavy Metals, 1600 Saloons, Junior Hotrods, American Saloons.
(3rd) BUCO Adventure Challenge
Royston Farms, The Crags
Sunday 9th April 2023
2023 2021
In an effort to keep all our athletes happy we are presenting a multisport event with a touch of adventure racing to spice things up. Athletes may compete as individuals or in a relay format. The route will be plotted on Google and other maps and check points will be collected. The Navigation will be simple and just spice things up a bit. Distances are approximate as you will be navigating - run 5km - ride 20km - run/kloof 2km.
(3rd) Bergplaas MTB & Trail Run Challenge
Beyond the Moon, Hoekwil
Saturday 15th April 2023
The event forms part of the 2023 Eden XCM Series. Included in your entry : Finishers Medal, Spur Burger. Set in a clearing, surrounded by indigenous forest and with a river running through it, Beyond the Moon is a paradise situated a few minutes away from the Wilderness.
Hospice Annual Golf Day
Pezula Championship Golf Course
Sunday 16th April 2023
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Don't miss a day out on the beautiful Pezula Golf Course with drinks and a light meal afterwards - all for a great cause. Every cent raised through our Golf Day goes straight to caring for our patients.
Outeniqua Marathon
Finish: The Commonage, Wilderness
Saturday 29th April 2023
The annual Outeniqua Marathon is taking place, come run and enjoy a long weekend in the Garden Route! Route: Undulating but very scenic (through plantations, indigenous forest, spectacular ocean views), includes gravel road. Comrades Marathon qualifier race.
Swartberg 100 Gran Fondo
Prince Albert
Saturday 29th April 2023
The Swartberg 100, in true South African tradition, is one of the toughest Gran Fondo's in the world. We have created a course that goes back to the days of old when mountain passes were all gravel and brave cyclists climbed them on single speed bikes weighing in at 16 kg. A course that allows us to pit our modern training knowledge and technology against an old foe, a road surface that isn't always friendly. South Africa's premier gravel bike race and a qualifying event for the TREK UCI Gravel World Championships.
(3rd) PAWS Amazing Race
Plettenberg Bay
Monday 1st May 2023
2022 2023
This ‘race’ is a FUN community event where participants get the opportunity to dress up, give themselves a quirky team name; test their all-around general knowledge/problem-solving skills and “race” against their competition. The teams move in cars around the town solving clues and carrying out fun activities. The winning team is the team that scores the highest number of points by answering the clues correctly AND finishing in the shortest possible time.
(13th) Simola Hillclimb Classic Car Friday
Simola Hill, Knysna
Friday 5th May 2023
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The 2023 running of the Simola Hillclimb will be the thirteenth edition of what has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with a growing international footprint. Classic Car Friday opens competitive proceedings for the Simola Hillclimb and caters exclusively for historic, classic and vintage cars.
(13th) Simola Hillclimb King of the Hill
Simola Hill, Knysna
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th May 2023
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The 2023 running of the Simola Hillclimb will be the thirteenth edition of what has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with a growing international footprint. Saturday and Sunday’s action has been dubbed the King of the Hill Shootout and is where the country’s fastest machinery will duel it out on the Simola hill.
36ONE MTB Challenge
Kleinplaas Holiday Resort, Oudtshoorn
Friday 12th - Sunday 14th May 2023
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This is South Africa’s ultimate race with 361km and a maximum of 36.1 hours to complete it. While this race remains a mountain bike race in our opinion, participants now have the flexibility to take it on with a gravel- or mountain bike, so choose wisely! If you are not up for the full Challenge you can take on The Half or opt for The Relay in a team of 4.
(5th) George Mountain Ultra Trail
Witfontein, Outeniqua Nature Reserve
Friday 26th - Sunday 28th May 2023
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Mountain Ultra-Trail joins the best races in the world in the 2023 UTMB® World Series! Run the Outeniqua and experience a biodiverse playground with majestic peaks towering high above the trails carved into the landscape.
SADAA South East Coast Agility Club Trial
Oakhill Sports Campus, Welbedacht Lane
Sunday 28th May 2023
Dog Agility is one of the fastest growing canine sports globally. Agility tests both the handler and dog's fitness, trainability and speed around a numbered course with obstacles such as hurdles, tunnels, tire jumps, A-Frame, Dogwalk, See-saw and weave poles. The fun event will include jumps and tunnels only, and will have the option to run with the jumps flat.
Vic Bay Quad
Victoria Bay
Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th June 2023
2023 2022
The first Vic Bay Quad took place back in 1976 and is held annually and named in honour of Southern Cape surfing legend, John Pfaff. It has become one of the most prestigious surfing competitions in South Africa.
Knysna Classic Backgammon Tournament
Bloo Bistro World Cafe, Main Road
Saturday 3rd June 2023
Locals Backgammon get-together/tournament. Everyone welcome! Free entry.
(24th) Sedgefield Striders Annual Tortoise Tuff Challenge
Sedgefield Lions Club, Sedgefield
Saturday 10th June 2023
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There will be a 3km Fun Run, 10km Run and 10km Walk on offer this year. We will be back in 2024 in our usual March slot with the 30km, 21km trail and 10km run and walk.
Dirt Oval Track Racing - Champion of Champions
Groeneweid Park, George
Friday 16th - Saturday 17th June 2023
Friday (2 heats). Saturday (3 heats + Final). Mini's, RWD Rookies, 2.1’s, Jnr Hot Rods, Hot Rods, 1660’s, Cross Karts, Heavy Metals, 1600 Saloons, American Saloons. Food & Beverage Stalls Available.
(1st) Eagle Falls Kammanassie 3-Day Trail Run
Eagle Falls Country Lodge, near Uniondale
Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June 2023
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On both the first and second days athletes can look forward to a breathtaking 20km, snaking through the Kammanassie valley over mountains and through fynbos. This is bound to capture your soul and treat you to peace and tranquillity. The clean air, rustling river, magnificent mountains and beautiful sunsets will play with your senses and leave nature's footprints in your memory. On the third and final day a short 10km after breakfast will have you nice and hungry at lunch time.
Botlierskop Game Reserve 3-Day MTB Tour
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, Klein Brak River
Monday 19th - Thursday 22nd June 2023
You will ride for 3 days in the Gardenroute area between Mosselbay and George at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. One of the days you will ride on roads inside the Big 5 Private Game Reserve. You will experience the coastal hamlets of Little Brakriver and Great Brakriver, the small coastal towns, and ride along the beach or along the quiet roads next to the beach watching the whales and dolphins playing while you breath in the fresh sea air.
(17th) CA2CX MTB Tour
Klein Joostenberg to Knysna
Sunday 25th June - Sunday 2nd July 2023
The CA2CX is a mountain biking tour that every keen cyclist should experience. This isn't a faced-paced race but a fun tour that takes you through the picturesque landscape of our beautiful province each year in June. The daily route, of about 100km per day is, consists of farmlands, spectacular landscapes and amazing views. Riders can enter one of the following groups: 14 - 18kph, 18 - 22kph or 22kph and up. Accommodation throughout the race will be at 3 - 5 star guesthouses and hotels.
(34th) Knysna Cycle Tour
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
Saturday 1st - Monday 3rd July 2023
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The Knysna Cycle Tour is a two-day MTB event. Introducing a NEW concept! Exciting NEW routes! MTB & E-BIKES ARE ALL WELCOME. Day 1:- FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED MTB RIDERS 45km and 85km MTB routes through the majestic Knysna indigenous forest. Day 2:- Full Race - 5 stages Knysna Toyota Fun Enduro, Lite Race - 3 stages Knysna Toyota Fun Enduro, +- 42km In the Knysna Forest simple riding on jeep trails and contours - suitable for all riders. Experience the favourite rides of Knysna locals.
Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge
Knysna Yacht Club
Sunday 2nd July 2023
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This canoe race incorporates the iconic Knysna Heads, Thesen Island, and the Knysna Yacht Club. Course: 11km & 22km (and 2km junior race).
(1st) Sea2Tower Trail Run - Reversed
Buffelsnek Fire Tower to Thesen Islands
Sunday 2nd July 2023
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The S2T is being reversed for July! Runners will start their journey at Buffelsnek Fire Tower and make their way through the Knysna Forest and back down to Knysna. Same route, same distance, different challenge!
(1st) 5KM Sunset Wine Run
Pezula Championship Golf Course
Wednesday 5th July 2023
Enjoy a stunning 5KM run with 2 scenic wine stops on the way. ‘Grab and go’ or take your time and enjoy the company of friends over a glass of wine. Stick around after the run for some awesome give-aways, food specials, wine tasting and great entertainment! Besides the wine stops, each participant will receive a Wine Run Medal and a complimentary glass of wine at the finish line.
KnysnaX Trail Series Winter Run
Blackwaters River Lodge, Goukammma
Thursday 6th July 2023
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The KnysnaX Trail Run is a 1 day trail running event. Each event forms part of the KnysnaX Trail Series which consist of 4 events over 365 days. These events will take place during each season. Trail Running at its best. Another new route added for the Winter Run at the KnysnaX Trail Series. All our routes will follow some amazing railway sections, forest and scenes of the Goukamma river, Knysna Lagoon and more. The Winter Run has a new 25km route available for the serious trail blazers. One not to be missed. We are very excited to announce the 6km fun run too. A fun scenic trail run for the entire family. The routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery all along the Knysna Railway.
(1st) Simola Twilight Forest Run
Simola Hotel, Country Club & Spa
Thursday 6th July 2023
Join us for a truly unique night running experience. Get to experience the magic of running at night on two well-marked routes around the surrounding MTO Simola Plantations. Choose either a 6KM route or the slightly longer yet challenging 12KM route and wind your way through the MTO plantations before finishing on the Simola Helipad with a spectacular view overlooking Knysna.
(2nd) Oyster Better Ball Championship
Knysna Golf Club
Friday 7th July 2023
This is a great opportunity for good friends to get together and enjoy a day of golf at one of the Garden Route’s finest facilities. Live music. Fantastic prizes.
Sandcastle Competition
Nature's Valley
Friday 7th July 2023
Calling all creatives, young and old! The Nature’s Valley Trust is hosting a Sandcastle Competition to raise awareness of our wonderful coastline and its importance. Start gathering your ideas and collecting your tools to sculpt and create your best ocean inspired artwork. We look forward to seeing your creations!
(38th) Knysna Forest Marathon
Waterfront Drive, Knysna
Saturday 8th July 2023
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The Knysna Forest Marathon is held annually during the Knysna Oyster Festival and is one of the most popular, not to mention beautiful races on the calendar. Participants can either take place in the 42.2km full marathon or the 21.1km half-marathon. Enjoy Knysna at its best as you run through the forest and back into town where there is always a festive atmosphere. If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be!
(30th) Klein Karoo Kampioenskappe
Red Rock Raceway, Oudtshoorn
Saturday 8th July 2023
2022 information - The KKK is the oldest annual event of Oudtshoorn Motor Club. This event has been one of the biggest events in South Africa mainly due to the traditional Klein Karoo hospitality that the competitors, their families and the spectators experience. The Klein Karoo Championships is one of the biggest events in motor sport in South Africa, hosted by the smallest Oval track club in South Africa...
(10th) Houtkapper Trail Run
Quinta da Montahna, Rheenendal
Sunday 9th July 2023
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This trail run offers 3 routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Taking runners through the forests made famous by Daleen Mathee (the late authoress of Circles in the forest, Fiela’s child, Moerbeibos and others). The 15km and 27km routes have been chosen not only to challenge the intermediate to experienced trail runners but to provide them with an opportunity to experience the deepest secrets at the heart of the Garden Route National park. Single track and terrain to excite trail runners of all ability including an easier route for the beginner trail runner of 9km.
(1st) Trail Girl Swartberg
Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve, Oudtshoorn
Friday 14th - Saturday 16th July 2023
Fabulous fun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails, exclusively for Women (and Girls). Run on beautiful purpose build trails and enjoy an exciting day out or weekend away with your friends. Trail Girl events are ideal mini-break experiences and girls-only weekend getaways. It’s also the perfect introduction to multi-day Trail Running events. Treat yourself to a weekend of trail running, new friends and fun you deserve!
(11th) SOX Trail Run
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness
Friday 4th - Sunday 6th August 2023
WWW 2018 2022
The SOX Trail Run is known as the most diverse 3-day trail run in South Africa and takes place in the Garden Route, with 90% of the route laid out within the South Africa National Park’s protected property. You will run on pristine hiking trails in the mountain on day one, experience the tranquillity of our lush, indigenous forest on day two and end off, with day three, along the stunning coastline of the Garden Route.
(11th) Storms River Traverse
Storms River Village
Friday 11th - Sunday 13th August 2023
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The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden Route will host riders on this 3-day mountain bike stage ride. With tracks hugging the rugged coastline and views only seen on postcards, this ride is designed for the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day. The daily distances range from 40-70 kms and will traverse the mountains, plantations and coastline adjacent to the Village.
(7th) Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run
Storm's River to Nature's Valley
Saturday 19th August 2023
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The Tsitsikamma Ultra Trail Run is a 60 km, linear trail. The trail traverses the Tsitsikamma Mountains crossing many streams and valleys. With wonderful support crew at the two aid stations and a chilled friendly vibe at the finish this is what trail running is all about. You and the mountains. In conjunction with the MTO Trails Ultra we will run a circular 23 +/- km loop from Covie. The route will include The Covie Trails, The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail as well as MTO Plantations. Once again we have decided to include a 12/10 km and 5km fun run for those who want to be part of the whole event but haven’t quite got fit enough for the Ultra or the Lite.
Tent Pegging World Cup
George Showgrounds, George
Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th August 2023
Tent pegging is an ancient cavalry sport. The term "Tent Pegging" is related to the idea that the cavaliers attack enemy camps on their galloping horses, using spears or swords to uproot tent pegs which cause tents to collapse. Today Tent Pegging as a sport includes a similar imitation of the discipline in which a mounted equestrian rides the horse at the gallop gate, using a sword or lance to pick up and carry away a small ground target. The ground target is a symbolic tent peg.
Western Cape Eventing Championships
George Riding Club, George
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th August 2023
WWW 2018 2022
2022 information - Eventing is an equestrian triathlon consisting of dressage, show jumping and cross country, each presenting its own test for the horse-rider combination.
(13th) Cape Pioneer Trek
George to Oudtshoorn
Sunday 3rd - Saturday 9th September 2023
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The "Race With Soul" plunges its participants into a whirlwind adventure, taking riders from the pulsating singletrack of Saasveld into the heart of the Klein Karoo. Each of the 7 days poses a completely unique challenge. With riders summiting the mighty Swartberg Mountain to traversing the arid, desert-like landscapes of the wild Kammanassie. The event combines world-class hospitality and an electric race village with a mountain biking experience like no other.
(8th) Bart's Bash
*tbc* George Lakes Yacht Club + Mossel Bay Sailing Club
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th September 2023
WWW 2022 2018
Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues host their races at weekends and we invite them to unite in one colossal global sailing event. Put simply it’s the day the world goes sailing! Bart’s Bash is an annual fundraising and participation campaign promoted by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). The event was founded in 2014 and was verified By Guinness World Record as The Largest Sailing Race in the World.
(11th) Dr.EVIL Classic
Wittedrift High School
Cairnbrogie Mountain Bike & Trail Park
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd September 2023
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Contrary to the name the Dr Evil Classic is aimed at normal FUN riders as well as hardcore athletes. The three days will ALL be under 70 kilometers in distance. Leon Evans has created routes that are interesting, scenic and will test those who set out with the intention of racing the event. Each stage of the three-day event promises a unique view of Plettenberg Bay & surrounds.
(23rd) Lions Karoo To Coast
Uniondale to Knysna
Sunday 24th September 2023
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The Lions Karoo to Coast route covers 100 kilometres, from Uniondale to Knysna, taking on the scenic Prince Alfred Pass and the beautiful indigenous forest roads through Kom se Pad. In total the course includes 1 560 metres of climbing. This makes it a significant test. More importantly though, it is the type of race that participants do again and again. Though the start is not particularly remote and the finish is in the heart of the Garden Route, the course itself is relatively remote. The race thus provides an excellent opportunity to ride a famous pass which one would otherwise never explore and celebrate in the heritage of the region.
(15th) The OTTER
Natures Valley to Storms River Mouth
Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th October 2023
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The Grail of Trail™. The Otter Run has been dubbed “the Holy Grail of Trail Running.” At 42km it is a full trail marathon that traverses South Africa’s most iconic hiking trail; the Otter Trail, arguably one of the most beautiful trails on the planet. The Otter Run is the only time when trail running is permitted on the Otter Trail. It is a trail run on the upper end of the scale with regards to the technical difficulty of the trail and as such demands a high level of technical proficiency and endurance from participants.
Prince George MTB Challenge
Prince Albert to George
Saturday 14th October 2023
WWW 2022
2022 information - Prince George is a premium 100 Miler, the most diverse one-day race you’ll ever experience. It is a monumental race covering 2 mountain passes, 3 geographical areas, and a world heritage site, all in one day! The vast landscapes and diverse overload of this non-technical routes are the perfect race for all mountain and gravel bike enthusiasts, with ample opportunity to appreciate the unique surroundings you’ll be exposed to.
(3rd) Cairo to Cape Trail Run
Woodfields Estate, Wilderness
Saturday 21st October 2023
2022 information - One of the most famous tourism beacons in the Southern Cape, Map of Africa, will once again host two unique races this year. It's a unique race and the terrain is definitely a big draw. This year's event will definitely be bigger and participants will be able to run through 26 ‘African countries’.
(4th) Dust 4 Glory Challenge
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Oudtshoorn
Saturday 21st October 2023
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The Klein Karoo Dust 4 Glory Challenge is the only obstacle course challenge in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo region. It will be a weekend of fun and adventure for families, friends, corporate colleagues or scholars. Participants can enter individually or as part of a team (although team members start together, they do not need to finish together). Just bring your running shoes and have a great time.
(12th) Dryland traverse
Thurday 2nd - Sunday 5th November 2023
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The Dryland Traverse is a race like no other! The four-day stage race, which showcases the classic trails of the Klein Karoo, has fast become a favourite on the South African running scene. It kicks off with an underground start in the world-famous Cango Caves (this is the only event that has permission to take runners through this area). The stages ahead include traversing the mighty Swartberg Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, breathtaking views of the Great and Klein Karoo, and trails that run past the renowned Raubenheimer Dam. There simply is no equal when it comes to the sense of achievement, setting and overall spirit of this event - the Rhodes Dryland Traverse is a must for every adventure-seeker!
(19th) Vodacom Origins of Golf Final
Pezula Championship Course
Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th November 2023
WWW 2017
2022 information - Vodacom Origins of Golf is a platform for the next generation of pro golfers to hone their skills in tournament play for five months during the South African winter. It is the biggest series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour.
Waterfront Half Marathon
Waterfront, Knysna
Saturday 11th November 2023
WWW 2021
Starting at the Knysna Waterfront, this popular race heads out along the red brick road to George Rex Drive, and takes you up to the highest point on the East Heads. You don’t get better views than this! Trust us, the hill will be worth it when you get to the top! If you don’t fancy the 21km, there are also options for a fast and flat 10km, plus a 5km fun run. A race for the whole family!
(29th) To Hell & Back
Gamkaskloof Nature Reserve
Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th November 2023
This race proudly is the first MTB stage race in South Africa. The views while riding on these historic roads are extraordinary, jaw-dropping and nail-biting all in one. It is known as the longest mountain pass in South Africa. The overnight stop in The Hell means everybody stays together, which makes for a great atmosphere. The uniqueness of the race village is ‘captured’ within the sheer remoteness of Gamkaskloof, no electricity, no cell reception, no TV, not even radio reception. The original. The Legend.
(6th) Knysna Extreme Triathlon
Knysna Estuary to Diepwalle
Saturday 18th November 2023
WWW 2019 2021 2021
2022 information - The Knysna Extreme Triathlon is Africa's Toughest Triathlon and an experience like no other. It is a challenging Point-To-Point, self-supported race that takes place along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The course starts with a 5 km swim in the Knysna Estuary, followed by a 174 km cycle through coastal, mountain and semi-desert scenery. This is then followed by a 50 km run through plantations and the Knysna forest. It is a grueling, yet scenic route that takes triathletes back to the purest form of the sport. The route will test your fitness levels and pure mental strength and determination. With an altitude gain of nearly 3,800m over a total distance of 229 km, the Knysna Extreme is an extreme triathlon that offers an exciting personal challenge for athletes.
(6th) Trail Girl Wilderness
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness
Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th November 2023
Fabulous fun on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails, exclusively for Women (and Girls). Run on beautiful purpose build trails and enjoy an exciting day out or weekend away with your friends. Trail Girl events are ideal mini-break experiences and girls-only weekend getaways. It’s also the perfect introduction to multi-day Trail Running events. Treat yourself to a weekend of trail running, new friends and fun you deserve!
Mossel Bay
Sunday 19th November 2023
WWW 2022
IRONMAN 70.3® races consist of a 1.2 mile/1.9 kilometer swim, a 56-mile/90.1 kilometer bike and a 13.1 mile/21.1 kilometer run. The 2023 ISUZU IRONMAN 70.3 Mossel Bay offers Age Group Qualifying slots to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
(4th) George TENS Sport & Lifestyle Festival
Outeniqua Park, George
Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th Deember 2023
We have a goal - to turn the Africa Skills George’s TENS into the biggest social sport and lifestyle event in South Africa! Kicking off in 2019 as a rugby only festival, the event has now evolved to include Men’s and Women’s Rugby, Golf, Womens & Mixed Netball, Touchies and for the 2023 edition, we’re adding a Colour Run, Dodgeball, Fishing, Clay Court- and Padel Tennis! The George TENS will not only feature top notch sporting activities, but the Festival Village will be rocking. This year, local and emerging artists are invited to showcase their talents on the Festival Stage.
Nite Race
Knysna Marathon Clubhouse, Loerie Park
*tbc* Saturday 16th December 2023
WWW 2022
This festive race is popular with holiday makers and locals alike. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy a cold refreshment or light snack after the race. This race has options for a 10 km or 5km, so there is something for everyone!
(4th) Sea2Tower Trail Run
Thesen Islands to Diepwalle Forest Tower
Sunday 17th December 2023
WWW 2020 2020
The Sea 2 Tower is a trail run that starts in the heart of Knysna and finishes at the top of the Knysna Forest. With 4 routes to choose from, the Sea 2 Tower offers a variety of distances that cater for most fitness levels: 32KM | 40KM | 48KM | 53KM. It is a very challenging yet beautiful route where runners will start off at sea level, wind their way up through the Knysna forest, before climbing a 6m steel ladder into the Forest Tower itself. Finishers will be greeted by the Forest Rangers manning the tower with spectacular views over the surrounding forest, mountains and valleys.
Deep Sea Fishing Species Competition
Plett Ski Boat Club, Plettenberg Bay
Wednesday 20th - Friday 22nd December 2023
2021 information - Deep-Sea Fishing Competition with over R50 000 in prizes! Beach activities and live entertainment. Boat launches covered by the club.
Full Moon Beach Run
*tbc* December 2023
2021 information - What are you doing this coming full moon? Put those running shoes on and join Chain Gang Events for their annual Full Moon Beach Run fundraiser for the NSRI. There are two distances you can enter - a cool, calm 6km from Kleinkrantz, or a 21km from Swartvlei (not for the faint-hearted). Both races finish at Wilderness main beach by the NSRI, and your entry fee includes a finishers medal, drink and boerewors roll.
(2nd) Red2Head Swim
Red Bridge to Thesen Harbour Town
Wednesday 27th December 2023
Swim in one of South Africa's most stunning locations - Knysna Estuary. The Red2Head Swim is a chance to get active, enjoy fresh air and support a good cause at the same time. Swimmers will start 2 hours after tide has turned to allow the full effect of the outgoing tide to assist swimmers on their journey. A portion of all proceeds will be given to the local NSRI Station. Choose your distance and starting point: Red Bridge 10KM, Crabs Creek 7.5KM, Belvidere 5KM.
(35th) Trans Agulhas Challenge
Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay to Gordon's Bay
Thursday 28th - Sunday 31st December 2023
WWW 2023 2021 2022 2022
The toughest Inflatable boat race in the world!! 4 Days more than 700km. The Trans Agulhas is a fast paced, action packed water sports event. Over 30 inflatable boats will battle it out on the waves in the most prestigious Inflatable Boat Racing competition in the world! This 4 day race will visit beaches along the coast between Natures Valley and Gordons Bay where the race will finish.
(6th) Big 5 Orienteering Week
Plettenberg Bay, Clarkson, Harkerville and George
Thursday 28th December 2023 - Wednesday 3rd January 2024
Registration and the focal point of the 5-day competition will be centred on the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay. Each day of competition takes place on a new map, with a rest day on 1 January. M/W21E (Elite) category has World Ranking Events for Day 2 (middle distance) and Day 5 (sprint), with single-day entry possible on these days. Various social evenings will be included in the event programme and feature a range of entertainment and activities.
(21st) Great Brak Grabadoo
Great Brak Sport Grounds, Great Brak River
Saturday 30th December 2023
2022 2022
2022 information - Family Fun Walk & Mountain Bike Ride. One of the biggest sports events in the Southern Cape this summer. Walkers, families and even pets can participate in the most beautiful walk in the Southern Cape around the Great Brak River in a 4.8km route. The Mountain Bikers can again choose between four routes; a 15 km, 36 km, 58 km and 72 km, all of which have been professionally laid out and tested with a tremendous amount of passion and attention to details.
View from Westhill Luxury Guest House, Knysna Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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