Advance Africa are pleased to announce the appointment of Myles Badenhorst who joins our team from the 1st of November 2012. Myles has a BA Geography and BsC Honours degree in Geography from the University of Witwatersrand. He has considerable skills in the areas of environmental sciences, GIS, conservation, and has completed an Aquaculture Innovations course in Grahamstown. We look forward to having Myles in the team!”
Highlands Trout is proud to announce the 2ndannual Highlands Trout Mountain Challenge marathon event at Katse Dam Lesotho, in association with Bruce Fordyce.
Imagine breathtaking scenery, vast blue skies and towering mountains reflected in crystal clear water. This is the Highlands Trout Mountain Challenge. This unique race is an ideal Comrades training run. At an altitude of 2000-2500 meters above sea level and with some long punishing hills, this marathon or half marathon could claim to be one of the toughest races in the World and the highest in Southern Africa.
But the testing course has its compensations; apart from the majestic surroundings runners will be able to experience the unique sensation of running across the highest dam wall in Southern Africa. They will be thrilled by seconding tables manned by local villagers all determined to show that their village’s hospitality is the warmest, and they will finally enjoy a post-race cruise across the dam to the prize giving in Katse village.
The Katse dam supplies the Gauteng with much of its fresh water via the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Runners and non-runners alike can enjoy a fascinating tour of the dam wall as well as boating, fly fishing, pony trekking, great birding, and much more. This is a memorable experience for the whole family and a weekend away that every runner will want to repeat.
ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS RACE WILL GO TO THE KATSE COMMUNITY FOR THE UPGRADE OF THE EARLY LEARNING CENTRE
Date: 23rd February 2013
- 42km Full Marathon
- 21km Half Marathon
- 5km Fun Run
- All entries will receive a medal
- All entries will receive a T-Shirt
- Top 4 men Full Marathon
- Top 2 ladies Full Marathon
- Top 4 men Half Marathon
- Top 2 ladies Half Marathon
- Top Vet men/ladies Full Marathon
- Top Vet men/ladies Half Marathon
All prizes will be announced at the end of November 2012 based on sponsor finalization.
- R80 per entry for Full Marathon
- R60 per entry for Half Marathon
- Free Fun Run for all
All payments will be made cash on the day
Bookings and enquiries to be done through Bruce Fordyce on 0829020528 or Peter on 0026662031818 firstname.lastname@example.org or email Bruce.
Overnight stay essential
Due to the distance, all participants will need to stay overnight at the Katse Orion Hotel. Bookings are essential for this with Peter on 0026662031818 email@example.com
The hotel is offering a package of (to be confirmed) per person per night that includes dinner/bed/breakfast & lunch.
Camping available at Katse is R20 per person per night. There is an ablution facility with flush toilets and hot water showers. There are no electrical points for camp site.
General Travel Information for Katse:
Please note that there is no reliable fuel in Lesotho so make sure that your car has a full tank when you cross the border. Speed limits through all village areas is 50km/h. Note that the total kilometers from the Ficksburg border to the Katse Dam is about 150km – BUT due to the mountain passes this will take you three hours travel time. Border crossing require a valid passport.
Getting to Orion Katse Lodge
The Lesotho Highlands Mountain Challenge will offer a challenging; high altitude (+2300 masl) run with lots of hills. This is perfect Comrades qualifier and high altitude training opportunity.
For the non-runner:
The area offers dam tours, great birding, pony trekking, boating, a stunning botanical garden, fly fishing and much more!
Advance Africa is a member of the Aquaculture association of South Africa (AASA).
AASA was established in the late 1980′s in order to represent the interest of the then fledgling aquaculture industry in Southern Africa.