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Hit the trails at Aloe Wildlife Estate

Wide open spaces at Aloe Wildlife Estate make for fast-paced running with a sense of wilderness. Pictures: Graham Daniel/369Communications


After a short break while the venue underwent a change of ownership, Aloe Wildlife Estate will again host trail enthusiasts for the Aloe Wildlife Trail.

The event, in partnership with KZN Trail Running, will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

The venue has been popular with trail runners and walkers ever since the first event there; runners love experiencing the beautiful flowing single track through indigenous acacia veld and grassland.


Apart from the allure of the bushveld and fresh air in the outdoors, the Aloe Wildlife Trail offers something for everyone, including supporters who prefer a more sedentary approach to a day out. The race village is a great place to relax while the more energetic friends and family get their endorphin-fuelled fix out on the trails.

Coffee, craft cordials and food (including vegetarian option) will be available, as well as trail merchandise on sale, and expert advice available.

Participants are treated to endless views while on course. Picture: Graham Daniel/369Communications

For those inclined toward the more athletic, there are three distances to choose from. The 6km is a great event for the whole family to do together, and those new to trail running/walking. The 12km will pose more of a challenge as it covers more ground, while the 20km will ask questions of even the most seasoned trail warriors. None of the courses are very technical and very quick times can be expected from the experienced and competitive trail runners.

Nature lovers’ delight

Aloe Wildlife Estate is about 10 minutes from Pietermaritzburg and two minutes off the N3 at Lynnfield Park. Nature lovers will be in their element enjoying the acacia and aloe studded grassland which is home to a variety of game and birdlife. The Bird of Prey Sanctuary, which offers raptor displays, is just a few kilometres down the road, so it’s the perfect opportunity to make a day of the outing.

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The KZNTR KidZone will be in action at Aloe Estate for kids two years and older. This is a complimentary service for parents who are participating, allowing them to hit the trails with peace of mind. Children will be under the supervision of experienced child minders who will provide them with stimulating entertainment and games.

Pre-entries close at noon on Friday, January 10, but on-the-day entries will be available (late entry surcharge applies).

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Grassland habitat makes for a serene running atmosphere.


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