The route follows a logical progression from one overnight venue to the next and covers a total of 174kms. Make no mistake, Eswatini is not flat!

The route is almost entirely unmarked except for some of the fast flowing descents and some tricky sections. Navigation will be by GPS. A GPS unit is essential .

There is one water point each day at approximately the halfway mark. Certain sections of the route have been included specifically to indulge those who relish the challenge of a technical climb or descent and should be approached with caution by the saner amongst us.


Stage 1

55km, 1619m ascent, 1773m descent

Remote, rural and rugged mountainous Highveld with steep rocky climbs and fast, technical downhill runs. A notoriously tough day with the climb up TOO BRUTAL presenting a sting in the tail. Since only the very fit mountain goats will be able to ride up TOO BRUTAL, be prepared for a portage. This is the only portage on the route so take the time to enjoy the spectacular view. From the top, it is a gentle roll into the finish.

Day 2

Stage 2

60km, 1490m ascent, 1868m descent

Forest jeep track climbing is rewarded with 25km of endless downhill single-track and river crossings. Be prepared for the juicy 5km climb up through the THE PHOPPA towards the end. Then it is just a gentle cool down to a well-earned lunch at the poolside.

Day 3

Stage 3

59km, 1631m ascent, 1824m descent

The technically gifted will have an opportunity to relive their childhoods and let the rest of the pack eat some dust as they descend through a private game farm. Some forest jeep track is followed by rocky downhills and plenty of single-track with the descent into the valleys of the warmer lowveld.

Total: 174km, 4740m ascent, 5465m descent