The legendary Harkerville Trails are considered mountain biking and trail running Utopia. We provide the opportunity for people of all ages and fitness levels to absorb the magic of these famous forests with friends and family. Discover the spectacular beauty of the forest on foot, via bike or trail run.

You can loosen up your off-day legs with a brisk hike or run (you choose) over a longer 10km distance, amble or jog the shorter 6km or walk 2.5km at a fairy-listening pace.

If you would rather explore the forest on a mountain bike, join us on Tuesday the 25th for the new ‘Mountain Bike Meander’. You can choose between the longer Knysna Elephant red 24 km route or the shorter Blue duiker bike route 14 km options.

Experience the spiritual silence and rare magnificence of the indigenous forest via the easier blue duiker route, which follows jeep track, single track and forest roads, linking three Harkerville cycle routes for a fantastic family adventure.

The Knysna elephant red route is a more technical, tough ride, with exhilarating single track and fairly steep inclines and declines, including part of the legendary Harkerville red route.

Online entries of all events will receive a long-sleeve top. After dressing up in fantasy costume all hikers, runners and bikers are treated to an entertaining talk on the fascinating history of the region, intimate information about the rare forest plant and animal species and more.

Pre and post adventure participants can enjoy our legendary forest hospitality in a cosy & stylish marquee, including hot soup, snacks, music, colouring in competitions and lucky draw prizes.

When (2019)

Monday 24 June – Forest Family Hike

Tuesday 25 June – MTB Meander

Wednesday 26 June – Forest Family Hike & Trail Run

Thursday 27 June – Kurland Forest Triathlon

Friday 28 June – Forest Family Hike & Trail Run


Hike distances: 2.5km, 6km & 10km

Trail run distances: 6km & 10km

MTB Meander distances: Long route (+/- 24km) & short route +/- 14km)


Adults (13 years plus): R450 | Early Bird R390 (online entries include a First Ascent long-sleeve fleece top)

Kids (2 – 12 years): R180 | Early Bird R150 (including fleece scarf valued at R100)  

Early Bird discount ends 13 June 2019.


Knysna Oyster Festival entries (Saturday 22 June – Friday 28 June 2019):

R490 (including long sleeve top) | R375 (when tops are sold out)


Family: (3 or more with same surname) Standard price less 15%

Group: (6 or more) Standard less 15%

Hat-Trick Package

Enter three of our events via our “Hat-Trick Package” and receive this special rate. Choose one hike/trail run, enter our Tuesday Mountain Bike Meander and Thursday Kurland Forest Triathlon.

Hat-Trick PackageHike, Bike and Triathlon combo. Prices for adults & kids:

Adults: R990 | Early Bird R850

Kids: R450 | Early Bird R350

Find out more about our Kurland Forest Triathlon here.

Start Time

Hikers to start anytime between 08h30 and 11h30

Trail runners to start at 08h30

MTB begins at 08h30


Harkerville Forest
[Between Knysna and Plettenberg bay, just off the N2]

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Contact the race office

  021 438 5972

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