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Sports Events in Underberg
Underberg & Himeville Sports Events
Our mission is to responsibly organise a multi-day, paired mountain bike event that attracts the interest of both local and international competitors.
We aim to bring the challenge of this multi-disciplined event within reasonable reach of all levels of athlete.
The Sani2c runs for three days, the trail, the adventure and the race. The three category starts take place on each morning at 8:00 am on Glencairn Farm on the Sani Pass road just outside Himeville.
The race has three stages and each stage takes a day.
An exhilarating finish through Moodie Lane leads you onto the famous, long, floating bridge that snakes across the lagoon for 600m.
Leaving the bridge it’s a short dash to the finish and the awaiting crowds on Scottburgh Main Beach.
039 976 0436
083 533 4976
Tip Top Milk Drak 250
Tip-Top Milk was the major sponsor of the 2017 Drak 250 and is one of the seven off road races (cross country) that makes up the KwsZulu-Natal Regional Championship.
The Natal Off Road Motor Club will be holding its annual TIP-TOP MILK Drak 250 off road race in the Underberg, Himeville area on Saturday the 15th of July, starts at 8:30am from The Underberg Country Club with many easy to get to spectator points.
The Natal Off Road Motor Club (NORMC) & Sugarbelt 400 have come from humble beginnings. Due to the enthusiasm of Neil Hampson & a group of farmers, the very first off road event in the Mid-Illovo area of KZN was planned.
This event took place on the 2nd April,1983 on Neil Hampson's farm and consisted of 10 laps of 30 kms each. Any type of vehicle was eligible to compete - Rally cars, Bakkies, Beach buggies, and believe it or not - even Sandmasters.
033 396 5992
071 353 0783
Fast Drak Challenge Canoe Race
The 24th edition of N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon will take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 December 2017, over 65km of the Upper Umzimkulu River from Castleburn Bridge to Early Mists Farm near Coleford.
The hugely popular event, which is a month before the Dusi Canoe Marathon, attracts around 1000 paddlers to Underberg eager to enjoy the clean river.
Technical challenges of the numerous steep alpine rapids & the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Drakensberg.
The N3TC Drak Challenge has snowballed in popularity in recent years and attracts large numbers of supporters and family members.
Come and enjoy the wide range of leisure pursuits and tourists attractions in the region.
039 976 0436
083 533 4976
The Sani Stagger is known as "The Ultimate Endurance Race” and is an annual event run along the famous Sani Pass in the Southern Drakensberg.
It comprises a tough 42km marathon and a more sedate 21km half marathon. Organised by the local Sani Athletic Club, it has become a sought after and ‘must do’ race on any racers calendar.
The marathon starts from the Sani Pass Hotel at 06:00am and the half marathon starts at the Lesotho border post at 09:00am.
Runners competing in the half marathon will be transported to the top of the pass. The cut-off time for the marathon is 06:30 and the half marathon is 03:30.
The race will be held on Saturday the 25th of November 2017 and will be starting at 06:00 am at the Premier Hotel Sani Pass. A must for all keen cross country runners.
082 329 7737
GWK Polo Tournament
‘It’s not just my Sport...It’s my Life’
Once again GWK teams up with the Underberg Polo Club to bring the community and polo players from around the country together in what promises to be an exciting weekend of Polo, Party and Pizzazz.
Polo is no longer the elitist sport of the rich and famous, it is now made up mostly of farmers, contractors, businessmen of course ‘The Housewife’s of Underberg County’!
In Argentina thousands flock from around the world to witness the beauty, grace and speed of one of the most exhilarating sports in the world.
Luckily on the weekend of the 5 - 7 of May 2017 one will only need a short drive to the Polo fields on the Sani Pass Road to experience the same thrill. Not forgetting the little ones, the club has arranged a jumping castle and a delicious table full of tea eats.
082 449 5566
Euro Steel Drak Descent
Drak Descent 2017 – “Do the Descent Thing – wander with us where the wifi is weak”
The Spoors Team have finally completed the preparation for what is surely one of SA’s most spectacular MTB races. The new single track additions are sure to challenge and thrill the most widely travelled cyclist. This is purist Mountain Biking – while the distances of the days are not huge, the Single Track will traverse terrain that is spectacular and challenging! You are guaranteed to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the finish!
The Eurosteel Drak Descent has reached the 400-rider cap and entries are now closed.
The shorter GWK Challenge MTB ride and trail run there are still entries available.
Our principal sponsors, Eurosteel have been absolutely amazing in their support of this event – and thus mountain biking in general in our area.
082 318 9995
Safire Berg 100
The Berg 100 takes place between two iconic villages - Nottingham Road and Himeville.
What makes this race unique to any other in SA is that due to the nature of the route we are able to change directions every year, allowing the rider a completely "new" ride every year!
This year the race will start in Himeville and end in Notties.
A great race in it's own right, the Safire Berg 100 is also the perfect preparation ride for Sani & JoBerg2C - to make sure the training is paying off and to spot any chinks in the armour, 7 weeks prior to the event.
The climbs are long, but so are the descents, and the riding is designed to make the route fast, not technically difficult.
A ride not to be overlooked, tough but very rewarding, a challenge of note !
061 433 5786
Ultra Trail Drakensberg
Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) is a festival of trail running with events of 100km, 62km, 30km and the Drakensberg Rockjumper a two day trail run with distances of approximately 15km each day.
All events take place within the Southern area of the internationally renowned Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site and are point-to-point in nature, ensuring that large swathes of this iconic wilderness are traversed. Incorporating and skirting some of the legendary features of the Southern Drakensberg such as Sani Pass, Twelve Apostles, Khanti Ridge, Gxalingenwa Gorge, Hodgson’s Peaks, Garden Castle, Rhino Peak and Langalibalele’s Pass participants in UTD will experience mountain running at its very finest.
The 100km, 62km, 30km events are entirely on mountain trails (excepting the first 12km of the 100km event) to ensure a pure trail running experience which is further emphasised by an altitude bandwidth of 1600m-2865m.
082 329 7737
Giant’s Cup Trail Run
The Giant’s Cup is a 2-day stage race, set over the 5-day Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, in the Maloti Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site in the Southern Drakensberg.
Runners will enjoy 62km of beautiful mountain trails and be able recover and relax afterwards in the comfort of the three resorts along the route.
The principle beneficiary of The Giant’s Cup is the local branch of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) based at Cobham Nature Reserve.
R500 per runner will be dedicated to this cause that will focus on the local issues within the Maloti Drakensberg Park.
These include alien vegetation, maintenance of the trails, funding of vital equipment for EKZNW staff and assistance with monitoring of critically endangered species such as the Bearded Vulture.
Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens MTB & Trail Running Challenge
Growing in popularity, the second in the series of the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens MTB & Trail Running Challenge will certainly get the blood flowing.
You stand the chance to win R10 000 in cash prizes for overall male & female winners. Kids entertainment will be available.
Weekend accommodation packages are also available for Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort which can be booked directly through ROAG. There are a number of accommodation options for participants and their families, from self catering units as well as rooms for riders and those bringing their families. The resort also boasts a number of restaurants that are open to both day visitors and guests.
The first 200 participants that enter the 40km and 20km MTB & 15km trail run will each receive a goodie bag and a race t-shirt, so get those entries in fast as there are limited places for this exciting event
031 563 5645 (office hours)
082 492 1995
The Sani Dragon
The Sani Dragon is a 2-day MTB stage race on the 30th September / 1st October in the Underberg area of Southern KZN. The event will take place over the same period as the annual Underberg Farmer’s Association (UFA) Agricultural Show starting and finishing each day at the UFA Showgrounds just outside of Himeville.
Day 1 will be approximately 60km in length and will form a large loop incorporating some of the most scenic district roads, jeep tracks and single track in the Underberg & Himeville area.
Day 2 will be just over 60km in length and will be highlighted by a climb to the summit of the famous Sani Pass before returning back to the Showgrounds. There is no other MTB event that incorporates the Sani Pass.
There will also be a DRAGON LITE event to comprise of a 2-day stage race but with lesser distances of approximately 40km each day.