GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

UTD160 will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday 27th April from 06h00 to 08h30.

UTD100 / GCU62 will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday 27th April from 14h00 to 18h00.

SDR30 will be at Castleburn Farm on Saturday 28th April from 12h00 to 13h30.

RACE BRIEFINGS

UTD160 will be at Sani Mountain Lodge (Lesotho) at 11h00 on Friday 27th April.

UTD100 / GCU62 will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass at 18h15 on Friday 27th April.

SDR30 will be at Castleburn Farm at 14h00 on Saturday 28th April.

START / FINISH

UTD160 starts at Sani Mountain Lodge at the top of Sani Pass at 12h00 on Friday. A shuttle is included in your entry fee and shuttles will depart from Premier Resort Sani Pass at 9am sharp on Friday morning. Self-drives to the Top are permitted. UTD160 finishes at Bushman’s Nek Hotel together with UTD100, GCU62 and SDR30.

UTD100 starts at the SA Border Post @ 05h00 on the Sani Pass Road. A shuttle to the start from the Premier Resort Sani Pass is included in your entry fee but self-drives to the start are permitted.

GCU62 starts at the Premier Resort Sani Pass @ 06h00 and SDR30 starts at Castleburn Farm @ 14h30.

All races finish at the Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort.

SHUTTLES

We will be providing a service to move your car from either Premier Resort Sani Pass or Castleburn Farm to the finish at Bushman’s Nek.

The cost of the car shuttle service will be R150 per vehicle.

If you are interested in booking a car shuttle please email us at info@ultratraildrakensberg.com to request the service. Payment will be due at registration.

Bookings must be made by Monday 23 April.

ACCOMMODATION

It is recommended that UTD160 runners book accommodation at or near Premier Resort Sani Pass for the night of the 26th of April and that UTD100 / GCU62 runners book accommodation at or near Premier Resort Sani Pass for the night of the 27th of April. The villages of Himeville and Underberg are also options as they are 15 and 20 min away.

For SDR30 runners it would be practical to book at Drak Gardens Hotel for the night of the 27th or at one of the many options in the nearby vicinity. For Saturday the 28th it is recommended that runners from all 3 events book at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel or at an alternative in the surrounding area.

You can find accommodation suggestions on the accommodation page.

TENTED VILLAGES

There will be limited tented village accommodation available at Premier Resort Sani Pass for Friday 27th and at Silverstreams (Bushman’s Nek) for Saturday 28th. Runners who have already entered will be given first option on this accommodation after which it will be offered subject to availability.

You can find more details of the tented villages on the accommodation page.

SECONDING

Seconding is permitted at UTD160 at CP2 (Lesotho), CP3 (Lesotho), CP5 (Lesotho), CP7, CP8, CP10 and CP11. You will require a passport to second in Lesotho.

Seconding will be permitted at CP3, 4, 6 and 7 for UTD100 and at CP1, 3 and 4 for the GCU62. No personal seconding will be permitted for the SDR30.

SPECTATOR POINTS

All events are spectator friendly and supporters will be able to see and support the runners at the following locations:

UTD160 – CP2 (Lesotho), CP3 (Lesotho), CP5 (Lesotho), CP7, CP8, CP10 and CP11.

UTD100 – CP1, CP3, CP4, CP6 and CP7

GCU62 – CP1, 3 and 4

SDR30 – CP1

The Castleburn Check Point which is at 130km for UTD160, 70km for UTD100, 32km for GCU62 and the Start of SDR30 will be a mini race village with music, food and beverages and form a real hub for spectators and supporters of all 3 events.

We will be providing a ‘Supporters Pack’ to all runners with information to assist your friends and families who wish to follow / second you during your event.

WEATHER

Weather in April can range from sub-zero at night to the low twenties during the day. Although it is the start of the dry period it is not uncommon to have rain and even snow at this time of year. The Drakensberg can be a harsh and unforgiving climate and the recommended/compulsory kit lists will reflect this.

COMPULSORY / RECOMMENDED KIT

Due to the variable and potentially dangerous weather experienced in the Drakensberg the Compulsory Kit list is taken very seriously by the Organisers. Compulsory Kit will be checked at REGISTRATION (not at the race start) as well as the Finish. A missing item will result in a 30 min time penalty and more than one missing item will result in disqualification.

The lists for each event can be found on their respective Race Information page.

GPS

A GPS is compulsory for UTD160 but is only recommended for UTD100, GCU62 and SDR30. A GPX file of the route for the event you have entered will be made available.

WATER TABLES AND WATER AVAILABILITY

UTD160 has 10 water tables. More details to follow.

UTD100 has 6 water tables. These will be stocked with a variety of liquids and nutrition with an emphasis placed on tables 5 and 6 in terms of nutrition.

GCU62 has 4 water tables with a similar emphasis on nutrition at tables 3 and 4 and SDR30 has 1 water table.

There are also multiple natural water sources on the course. The combination of water tables and naturally available water will allow runners to travel relatively light and fast which combines well with the runnable nature of the trail itself.

PASSPORTS

UTD160 runners will require passport to enter Lesotho and runners from some countries will also require a visa. This is a simple process and can be completed online at http://evisalesotho.com. Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg will supply the necessary letter of invitation where required.

The responsibility lies with the entrant to establish whether a visa is required and to obtain one timeously.

Although UTD100 runners will pass through the SA Border Post no passports will be required as you do not enter Lesotho and a special dispensation has been obtained from the SA Border Officials.

DIRECTIONS TO PREMIER RESORT SANI PASS

FROM THE N3

Take the R617 junction at Howick signposted to Underberg. On arrival in Underberg turn right at the Shell petrol station, and continue out of Underberg passing through Himeville to the Sani Pass crossroads. Taking a left at the crossroads and follow the Sani Pass Road for approx. 11km until you reach the Premier Resort Sani Pass on your right.

FROM KOKSTAD

Take the R617 north, passing through Swartberg. On arrival in Underberg turn left at the Shell petrol station, and continue out of Underberg passing through Himeville to the Sani Pass crossroads. Taking a left at the crossroads and follow the Sani Pass Road for approx. 11km until you reach the Premier Resort Sani Pass on your right.

DIRECTIONS TO CASTLEBURN FARM

From Underberg head towards Swartberg and take the Drakensberg Gardens road on your right immediately before you cross the river, it is sign posted. Continue on the Drakensberg Gardens road for approx. 22km and Castleburn Farm is on the right hand side just past the Castleburn Resort turning.

DIRECTIONS TO BUSHMAN’S NEK

From Underberg head towards Swartberg and take the Bushman;s Nek road on your right about 300m after you cross the river, it is sign posted. Continue on the Bushman’s Nek road for approx. 25km and you will come to a T-junction where you turn right, it is sign posted. Bushman’s Nek Resort is a further 5km on your left hand side.

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