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Kwa-Ximba Trail Run

Introducing the Kwa-Ximba Trail Run – trail running for nature

2017 Event

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The 2017 Kwa-Ximba Trail Run will take place on Sunday 15 October

Venue: isiThumaba Adventures, Kwa-Ximba (near Cato Ridge)

Three distances are offered:

  • 9km – Fun run (R75)- a flat run along the Umgeni River with a short section in the Mngcweni Valley – participants have the option of turning back at the D1004 crossing and this would make the run 7km long. Those that prefer can continue for another 1km to the 1st Watertable and then retrace the route from there.
  • a 16km run (R120) which includes a climb in the Mngcweni River valley before turning back down to the Umgeni River and
  • a very tough 22km run (R200) including a steep (450m) ascent to the Denge Plateau followed by a descent into the Mngcweni River valley before another very steep 300m climb to the top of isiThumba Mountain. From the top of the mountain it is a very steep, descent to the finish
Entries open on Monday 7 August – on-line facility will be open on this website
This event is run by the Kwa-Ximba Conservancy with logistical support from Kloof Conservancy as part of Kloof Conservancy’s outreach programme.

All money raised goes to the Kwa-Ximba Conservancy who use the funds to run the conservancy and local environmental projects as well as maintain the trail route.


Click HERE to read a route description


Kloof Conservancy is proud to be part of the organising team for the Kwa-Ximba Trail Run, a joint venture project with Kwa-Ximba Conservancy.

The Kwa-Ximba Conservancy was established in early 2013 and is committed to the protection of the biodiversity of the Kwa-Ximba area (on the Umzindusi and Umgeni Rivers, near Cato Ridge) through education and public participation in environmentally orientated activities. A high priority for the conservancy is to identify projects which can create benefit for the community so that both the inhabitants and the environment can be winners.

One of the projects being promoted by the conservancy is the establishment of a Stewardship area in the only remaining bushveld area in Kwa-Ximba. In the long term it is hoped that this will be converted and proclaimed as a Nature Reserve. The process is of necessity a lengthy one as the official hurdles are significant and require extensive consultation and negotiation with all parties affected.

The plan is to engage with the official process as required but to run a parallel project to improve the area, educate the residents and hopefully also create some financial benefits through the work needed to improve the area and tourist activities.

The Kwa-Ximba Conservancy organises the Kwa-Ximba Trail Run as a fund raiser for its environmental activities.

This is the only source of income for the Kwa-Ximba Conservancy. All funds raised will be used to employ workers to maintain paths for hiking and nature walks as well as for promotional activities and projects of the conservancy.


Directions from Durban:
Take the N3 heading for Maritzburg.
Take EXIT 43 Hammarsdale/Inchanga
At the end of the off-ramp turn right over the N3 and stay on the road for 2km
Go past the Inchanga Railway Station on your right and just after that turn right into Inchanga Drive
Stay on Inchanga Drive for 1km until you come to a T-junction with the R103 Old Main Road
A the T-junction turn right and then after about 200m turn LEFT onto the D1004
Once on the D1004 stay on it (it drops steeply into the valley in a rural area – it is all tarred but watch out for goats, cows and pedestrians!) for about 9km until you see isiThumba Adventures on your right – we should have our banners up at the entrance.


There is no accommodation in the immediate vicinity of the start/finish. The following link may be useful for those requiring accommodation within 45minutes of the start/finish:

2016 Event

The 2016 event took place in ideal running conditions on Sunday 23 October with a record number of 326 paid entries over the three distances.

16km Event Winners

Ladies: Donnee Standeaven 01:38:44

Men:Gift Mlotshwa 01:17:43

22km Event Winners

Ladies: Puseletso Dladla 02:25:55 – new record

Men: Spha Nzama 01:52:19 – new record


Download 2016 Results

Download 2015 Results

Download 2014 21km Results

Download 2014 16km Results

Durban Green Corridor

Our partners are the Durban Green Corridor who are developing eco-tourism opportunities along the Umgeni River and adjacent areas.

Click on the logo to see their programmes and to subscribe to their e-newsletter which has all the information on the numerous sporting and cultural activities along the Umgeni Valley.