Guidebook

The Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Race Guide

Run the Drakensberg, Southern Africa’s highest and most remote mountain region.

Heleen Mills

Description

The word "Drakensberg" derives from the Afrikaans name and literally means "Dragon’s Mountains." In the local dialect of Zulu, this imposing range is called the uKhahlamba, or "Barrier of Spears." The people of Lesotho, who inhabit this region, refer to the Drakensberg simply as the Maloti or "Mountains," an appropriately modest description given Lesotho’s status as the only independent state in the world that lies entirely above 1,000 meters (3,281ft). These unique features help to make Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg a true African mountain trail running experience.

With 5 distances on offer—160km, 100km, 62km, 32km, and 21km—Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg takes place partly or wholly within the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO in 2000. Conservation and a deep respect for nature infuse the spirit of Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg, and the event has a strong bond with the custodians of the Park, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who is also the official beneficiary of Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg.

While all the runners experience the unique natural features of the World Heritage Site, our 100-mile runners enjoy the unusual privilege of traversing two countries on their run, during which they will also summit Thabana Ntlenyana (3482m/11 424ft), the highest African peak South of Kilimanjaro.

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Next race date: April 22-24, 2022

UTD160km 2022 UTD Route Map

UTD160km 2022 UTD Route Map

163.9 km
3,643 m
4,978 m
UTD160km 2022 UTD Route Map
Extreme
Private
UTD100km 2022 UTD Route Map

UTD100km 2022 UTD Route Map

100.7 km
2,826 m
3,244 m
UTD100km 2022 UTD Route Map
Severe
Private
GCU62km 2022 UTD Route Map

GCU62km 2022 UTD Route Map

62.1 km
2,074 m
2,285 m
GCU62km 2022 UTD Route Map
Difficult
Private
SDR32km 2022 UTD Route Map

SDR32km 2022 UTD Route Map

32.2 km
1,123 m
1,196 m
SDR32km 2022 UTD Route Map
Moderate
Private
DRJ21km 2022 UTD Route Map

DRJ21km 2022 UTD Route Map

20.8 km
871 m
870 m
DRJ21km 2022 UTD Route Map
Moderate
Private