Words by Johanri Coetzee
Whether you are a novice trial runner or an experienced campaigner at the top of your game, Mount Sheba, in cooperation with Ilanga trails, is inviting you to explore your wil side and experience nature like never before.
Mount Sheba is situated in the rainforest in the north-eastern extension of the Drakensberg range. It forms part of the easternmost section of the Mpumalanga Highveld and lies at an altitude ranging from 1 600 and 2 000 metres above sea level and is near the historic village of Pilgrim's Rest.
Although the resort is mostly known for it well-appointed rooms, gourmet meals and log fires which add a touch of magic, they will cater for he more adventurous by hosting a trail run through the enchanted forest on August 31, where Samango monkeys and rare birds calls will cheerathletes on along the route.
Runners will have a choice of three distances; 20, 12 and six kilometres. The long route starts at about 1 650 metres and runs through natural forest, eventually climbing via a contour path, along to a steep drop down to the lowest point. Following a stream, athletes will start the climb back towards the lodge on an interesting single track. This well-marked path through the indigenous forest, past waterfalls, promises to show what the property has to offer the nature lover.
The medium route starts at the same location through the forest and onto the contour path. Following the entrance road for a short distance, it leaves the long route rejoining the long route with its stunning single-track sections through the indigenous forest.
The short one is run almost entirely in the natural forest surrounfing the lodge, passing waterfalls and crossing streams, which is a great way of spending a morning. For the rest of the damily, many other activities can be enjoyed such as mountain biking, forest hikes, horseback riding, picnics in the forest and trout fishing.
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