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Merrell Whale of Trail


There’s a reason the whales return to South African’s de Hoop Reserve every year!

53km Ultra Trail Run

Embrace all 53km and 1900m vert of South Africa’s iconic – and aptly named – five-day Whale Trail hiking route in one tremendous effort.

Fast flowing footpaths through spectacular mountain fynbos give way to technical rocky coastline ridges, calf killing sandy beaches and onto undulating coastal paths.

The entire route is in the De Hoop Reserve, so you come for the whales, but expect to also see eland, bontebok, zebra, vultures, dolphins and signs of otter, leopard, caracal and turtles.

It’s magic.

Finishing Whale is not easy but so worth the effort. Find your tribe of genuine, wild loving trail runners here.

35km Trail Run

The 35km Trail Run route starts and ends at the same magnificent places as the 53km.

It begins with 15km of glorious mountain singletrack, merges onto a 7km jeep track to get to the 15km section of beach and coastal paths with ridiculously jaw dropping all round vistas and of course plenty of time with the whales.

(Yes, that’s closer to 37km than 35km!)

But it’s not just running. You’re treated to weekend dinners, free massage and freshly prepared lunch when you finish, wine tasting, complimentary G&T, quality goody bag, quality good people and all round ethical goodness at this big hearted race.

For more information and to enter, click here



July 27
R4500 – R5300
Event Category:
35km, 53km


Whale of Trail
+27 72 506 9051
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De Hoop Collection
De Hoop Nature Reserve Western Cape South Africa + Google Map