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    3 Falls Trail Run

    Now a prominent event on the KZN trail running calendar through the unspoilt urban gem, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, past refreshing waterfalls and breath-taking views, the Kloof Conservancy 3 Falls Trail Run is trail running at its most authentic.

    3 Falls Trail Run Logo

    COVID-19 Update

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3 Falls Trail Run has been put on hold. We will advise as soon as possible if the event will go ahead as scheduled or be rescheduled to later in 2020.


    On Hold due to Covid-19

    How long?

    18.6 km

    Take a look at the route map, elevation profile, and route description.

    All funds raised are ploughed back into Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. Funds from the 2018 run were used mainly to upgrade the parking area at the Kloof Falls Picnic Site and for trail repairs.


    The Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, starting and finishing at Forest View Primary School (see Google Maps for directions).

    Entries and Registration

    We will advise as soon as possible on the opening of registration


    See event summaries and download results for previous years’ events.


    Starting off early at 5:10am, the morning is programmed as follows:

    5:10am – 6:30amRegistration
    Coffee is available! A tuckshop will run all morning with cooldrinks, coffee, wors rolls and chicken burgers.
    6:30amStart of Trail Run
    6:45amStart of 6.5km Fun Walk
    8:15amMen’s Winner Expected
    8:50amWomen’s Winner Expected
    10:30amPrize Giving and Lucky Draw

    Mud, Sweat and Gears

    The Kloof Conservancy 3 Falls Trail Run has been included in Steve Camp’s book, “Mud, sweat and gears – South Africa’s toughest and most scenic endurance sporting events”.

    Mud, Sweat and Gears - featuring the 3 Falls Trail Run

    Prizes and Medals

    The first 80 entrants will receive a water-bottle sponsored by Riversmead Farm.

    All finishers will receive a handcrafted medal made by local craftsmen.

    Men 1st – Floating Trophy + mini trophy to keep

    Women 1st – Floating Trophy + mini trophy to keep

    On our 5th anniversary we introduced the first in what will be a series of “Krantzkloof species” finishers medals.

    2016 – Trumpeter Hornbill

    2017 – The Kloof Frog

    2018 – The Tree Agama – Blue-headed Lizard

    2019 – Dragonfly

    All the medals are handmade by local crafters thus ensuring that funds are invested locally.

    We hope that these medals will be come treasured collectors items in time!

    6.5 km Fun Walk – moderate difficulty

    In 2015 we introduced a 6.5 km Fun Walk for families/supporters and this is now a feature of of the event. The walk will start at 6:45am. The route starts at Forest View Primary School and follows the same route as the main event, past the Nkutu Gorge, through the Scarp Forest up to the top of the Nkonka Crack – at that point the route exits the reserve via a servitude and joins Ridge Road and then Kloof View Road before returning into the school grounds.

    This is an untimed event and there are no prizes but the first 100 walkers home will receive a finishers medal – walkers will get a good appreciation of the beauty of the reserve.

    Entry and registration on the day only. There will be a special registration table for walkers. Entry Fee is R50 and every cent goes to Krantzkloof Nature Reserve!

    Due to the difficult terrain, shear drops and other hazards in the gorge all persons under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who will need to sign the indemnity form on registration.


    The 3 Falls Trail Run is a joint project between Kloof Conservancy, the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve Honorary Officers and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. All the costs of running this event will be covered by Kloof Conservancy and donations/sponsors. 100% of the entry fee will go to the Krantzkloof Project Fund.

    So far, we’ve raised:


    R 20 000


    R 52 800


    R 55 600


    R 53 300


    R69 610


    R 67 837


    R 90 078


    R 88 049

    The funds raised in 2012 were used to refurbish the Field Rangers accommodation at the Ntombeni Field Rangers Outpost.

    The funds raised in 2013 and 2014 were used to build new entrances at the Kloof Falls Road and Nkutu Picnic sites.

    Funds raised from the 2015 and 2016 runs have been used for the upgrade of the Interpretative Centre on Kloof Falls Road, converting it to the Krantzkloof Conference Centre. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have spent R180 000 to replace the roof at the centre. Kloof Conservancy and the Krantzkloof Honorary Officers raised an additional R300 000 to fund the upgrade of the interior and exterior of the centre. Upgrading was completed in March 2016 and the venue is now functional and generating income.

    Funds raised in 2017 contributed to improvements to the entrance to the Main View Site off Bridle Road to build an information display at the Kloof Falls Picnic Site and to print the new Krantzkloof Reserve map.

    Krantzkloof Nature Reserve Map

    The funds from the 2018 event were used for improvements to the picnic site at Kloof Falls Road, signage and for trail repairs.

    The funds from the 2019 event were used to further improve the Kloof Falls picnic site as new replacement signs were erected at the entrance, the parking area was increased in size, a wooden retaining wall added and a garden planted. A garden was also planted at the Nkutu Picnic site. Funds were also used to improve the trail particularly in the Nkonka Falls and Windsor Road Gulley areas. Funds were also used to pay for the printing of the 2nd Edition of the very popular Krantzkloof Trails Map.


    This event is run entirely by volunteers and we thank our sponsors for their assistance

    Forest View Primary School

    Forest View Primary School very generously make their facilities available to us at no charge – they even lend us their sound system! The parents run a tuckshop during the event and the income goes towards their project fund.

    Riversmead Farm

    Riversmead Farm have sponsored the event from the very beginning and will again sponsor the “early-bird” entry gift for 2019 – details to follow.


    The first three finishers in the male and female categories will receive a voucher for a Hard Cover coffee table photo books and photo book software, each valued at R475 – ideal to record their trail running exploits! These are generously sponsored by Burblepix SA. For more details visit their website: www.burblepix.co.za

    Hamnet provide volunteer radio operators along the route to help speed up communication during the event as well as manning the base-station at the Start/Finish

    Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

    Lucky Draw prize sponsored by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

    32Gi - Engineered for sustained energy

    32Gi will be providing energy drinks at the three watertables along the route which are at:

    • Marker 3 – Krantzkloof Conference Centre
    • Marker 10 – Uve Road Entrance
    • Marker 15 – Top of The Wall
    GCS Consultants

    Water-table No 1 (at Route-Marker 3 near the Krantzkloof Conference Centre) sponsored by G2S Consultants.

    Don's Deliveries

    Water-table No 2 (at Route-Marker 10 near the Uve Road Entrance) sponsored by Don’s Deliveries.

    Riverside Trail

    Water-table No 3 (at Route-Marker 15 after the climb to the top of The Wall) sponsored by Riverside Trail.

    Kloof Conservancy Logo

    Trophies (handcrafted by local craftsmen) sponsored by Kloof Conservancy.

    Lucky-draw prize of one nights accommodation at this stunning B&B on the edge of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve (self-catering)

    Please contact us if you would you like to be a sponsor of the Kloof Conservancy 3 Falls Trail Run.

    History of the 3 Falls Trail Run

    The inaugural Kloof Conservancy 3 Falls Trail Run took place on Sunday 28 October 2012 at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and has grown from there.

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