Affectionately known as South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run, African X is a true test of ‘grit’ as teams tackle varied terrain to cover a combined distance of roughly 74 kilometres for the weekend. With the main ‘hub’, or festival village based at the Houw Hoek Hotel, runners explore the various mountain trail routes in the Overberg.
Good food, great ‘gees’ and even better views are some of the highlights participants can expect. The highlight for us was day 2. Wildekrans was the ‘host’ venue for the start of the second leg, with runners traversing our trails as part of their demanding route for the day.
The atmosphere at the start was absolutely unbelievable, and it was incredible to see everyone set off with such energy. What an honour for us, and congratulations to all who participated!
Any fan of trail-running (or walking) will probably list the views, and challenges of navigating and judging the terrain as some of the reasons it trumps the monotony of road-running. Trail fans do not like monotony. The word ‘loop’ often mentioned on course descriptions is about as appealing as a wine-sales ban over the festive season…
That is why you’re in for a treat on our trails. We tested out the experience at the recent Human Right’s Day run we hosted with Raceday, and we’re proud to say that our runners found a great deal of variety out there.
The Raceday event had two options, a 5km and a 10km route. Curious as to the ‘no loops for the 10 kay’ proudly advertised, we opted to do the longer run and we’re glad we did.
The 10km was split into two completely separate 5km routes (so 5 kay fundis, you have a choice when you come and visit).
A pleasant surprise, unlike other trail runs, is that the start didn’t immediately take you up a 90 degree incline for the first kilometre, leaving you with thoughts of throwing away your shoes at the finish. Instead, the incline was gradual and steady. Perfect for a warmup. The first 5km route follows a MTB trail past vineyards and around a dam. You’ll have some fun running on wooden bridges, and over a couple of wooden banks. Thereafter, some switchbacks await, just to confuse you as to if you’re first, last or lost. (The route is very well sign-posted though). Make sure to keep some juice in the tank, as this first half is relatively ‘flat’ compared to the second half.
Onwards after 5km you will run downhill on the main tarred road to a bridge where you will start the second half. This well sign-posted course was laid out for running events and has a great variety of terrain. At times you’ll be running on compact, grassy single-track, at other times wild ‘no track’, hard, pebbly sections, some more switchbacks and a few evil climbs. Spectacular views await here, as we know that no wine-growing region is flat, and there’s a lot of hills this side of the farm. The mountains in the background are a subtle clue. Not to spoil the surprise, a ‘big daddy’ does await you towards the end as you pass an impressive couple of vineyard blocks, so keep those legs light for the long climb that could be called the Suikerbossie of Botrivier. As the saying goes ‘what goes up must come down’, so you do get a nice sweeping downhill into the last kilometre, but there is the tiniest, gradual incline as you come back onto the tarred section and around to the Tasting Room to finish.
We found the route was just a little shy of 10km, so if Strava stats are make and break for you, then loop around until you’re done.
It was a very rewarding run, we agree as we ‘hydrate’ at the tasting room and inhale a bacon & egg roll while admiring our medals and enjoying the witty commentary from the excellent organiser and MC, Japie.
Unbiased verdict: If you see a run organised with Wildekrans as the venue, DO IT! Otherwise, just rock up for your own self-guided adventure. Enquire at reception for the nominal permit cost, which is used to keep the trails maintained.
This time last year we were planning a Valentine’s Day function without a care in the world, and now here we are, planning again after so much has happened!
There is reason to make this an extra-special one, as you will have been through a lifetime of experiences, energy and emotions with your loved one this past year while in lockdown. A special treat is therefore well-deserved.
With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, we thought it would be nice to start off early with a special dinner on Saturday evening, 13th February. With current curfew times, dinner will run from 17h30 to 20h00 so that everyone can be home in time. If anything changes with the curfew, we will adjust our times accordingly.
Thank you to all of you who have welcomed the return of our Sunday Gourmet Lunch Box deliveries. We really appreciate your support, and love the fact that we can give you our true restaurant experience in your very own home!
For fun, and to keep improving the experience we offer, we sent some short plating videos to our customers so that they could impress guests / family / instagram when serving lunch.
Take a look at the clips below to see what went out in our 17th January boxes. It’s getting us hungry all over again! Keep an eye on this page for details on each Sunday’s offering. We update the menu every week.
Due to the sudden increase in Covid-19 numbers, and recent press around ‘super-spreader’ risks attached to events and gatherings, the Theewaterskloof Municipality has taken the responsible decision to cancel all events within our district.
It is therefore with great regret and sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of the Jesse Clegg Live at Wildekrans Wine Estate concert we were due to host in a few weeks time.
Refunds will be available via Computicket.
We are so sorry to be the bearers of this bad news. We were really looking forward to hosting this, and seeing all of you!
Eager to get back on the road as South African restrictions open up, Jesse Clegg has announced the dates for his upcoming annual end-of-year tour which will see him performing around the Eastern and Western Cape in December and January.
The tour follows the successful release of his latest single, Speed of Light, which within a week of being released to radio was charting on stations around the country. Speed of Light is an upbeat pop-inspired track about how life can still hold some inspiring surprises, even at our lowest points. Indicative of these sentiments, the song itself was completed just in time before Jesse had to return back to South Africa due to the looming travel ban.
“This song is about dealing with disappointment and regret and then rediscovering your passion and sense of connection; this tour symbolises exactly that – a culmination of what this year has represented and taking a positive approach moving into the new year,” explains Clegg.
Jesse wrote and produced the song with Nick Furlong (Avicci, 5 Seconds of Summer, Kygo, Steve Aoki) and Nick Petricca (lead singer of Walk the Moon); the track was mixed by Tim Pagnotta (Grammy-winning producer for Blink 182, Neon Trees and Walk the Moon). Speed of Light follows on the back of Jesse’s previous chart-topping hit, Let It Burn, which marked his first new original music since the release of I’ve Been Looking in March 2018; the first and only collaboration he did with his father.