“Day two will find competitors running through herds of game on the Little Serengeti.
— Hanno Langenhoven
Race - Oct 21, 2017
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail takes you into areas of Pilanesberg National Park that the general public do not get to experience. Up the mountains and then onto the Little Serengeti plains before you head out onto another monster climb.
You'll have 1km from the race village to get into position before you hit singletrack, so find your position as you are in for some proper trails. On this day, you'll explore the other unexplored side of the park the side where hikers and the public are not allowed except you, of course.
Im not going to talk about the start too much, as Im sure many of you'll hate me for the first 6km. The start is tough. After about 4km of proper warm-up, you'll know what Im talking about until you hit the 6km mark. Its a big rocky climb to the top, but once youre there, welcome to the Little Serengeti. You'll be greeted by herds of Zebra, Eland, Bontebok, Hartebeest, and Wildebeest, as far as the eye can see. Vast mountains and rolling hills await as you meander your way around the park. Old Jeep track and management roads will make the running a bit easier and be a welcome treat after Day 1s singletrack.
At about 15km, you'll take a turn towards the Highlands Mountain Retreat, where you'll take on some singletrack and some good climbing. Once at the top, you'll have the best view ever of the whole park and can look forward to a long downhill all the way home!