WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge

Trail runners can eneter the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge. File photo

WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge: Entries open to runners and nature lovers

Trail runners and nature lovers are called on to enter the 10th edition of the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge which starts in October.

WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge

Trail runners can eneter the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge. File photo

It’s the call of the wild! Nature lovers and trail runners can now enter the 10th edition of the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge which takes place at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park (GGHNP) in the Free State, from the 21st to the 24th of October.

The WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge will once again welcome runners from all parts of the country to participate in this 3-day staged event which explores some of the country’s most beautiful mountain landscapes.


“This year’s event also features a 2-day stage run, the Dino Run (10km) and the 17km Rock run so everyone can experience the majestic trails of the park,” said Buyi Makhoba-Dlamini of the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge.

The official volunteer organisation of South African National Parks, the SANParks Honorary Rangers (SHR), has assisted the WildSeries Golden Gate Challenge since 2011 with marshalling, water tables, and logistics, working hand-in-hand with the event organiser Wildlands Conservation Trust (WILDTRUST).

The SHR has raised more than R1 million from the proceeds of the annual trail running event, contributing significantly to the maintenance, infrastructure improvements and vulture conservation in the park.

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“SANParks Honorary Rangers of KZN Region are committed to help revive the eco-tourism activities in the QwaQwa section of GGHNP. The proceeds from this years’ Golden Gate Challenge will contribute to this revival for the benefit of visitors wanting a unique Wilderness Experience in the stunning but remote part of the Park, and the local residents who call QwaQwa home,” said Lene Hansen, the chairperson of the SHR KZN Region.

The SHR will be raising funds for a new opportunity to support the revival of eco-tourism in the former QwaQwa National Park (QNP) as a way of expanding the reach and support needed by the local communities through the collective effort of the trail running community and these conservation entities.

Entries are open and will remain open until the limit of 250 runners is reached.

The event will be catered, and the local Phoka Coffee Shop will be serving hot drinks and cakes inspired by Basotho culture and heritage.

All required protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the event are in place, and the public is encouraged to get vaccinated to build the required immunity to allow such events as the Golden Gate