Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge

Fri. 28 Feb, 2020 at 6:30pm - Sun. 1 Mar, 2020 at 12:00pm SAST
All Ages
40 days away
R0.00 - R700.00
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40 days away
R0.00 - R700.00
All Ages
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Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge

This unique Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge charity event will be hosted on one of the most sought after venues in Mpumalanga, the beautiful Acorn Guest Farm in Carolina District. Fully enjoy this unforgettable adventure fest by making a weekend of it.  For your convenience, all activities, meals, accommodation and entertainment can be enjoyed on the stunning premises. http://acornguestfarm.co.za/accommodation 


Being part of an active agricultural community, we feel deeply for farmers affected by drought.  The cause for this event is to raise funds and to donate all proceeds to the Brandvlei Landbou Vereniging Drought Relief Fund. Please consider any financial contribution.  It can make a real difference in meeting the needs of the suffering farming community.


The easy-intermediate trail will take you through the beautiful working farm with stretches of wetland, forest, farm-dams, single- and jeep tracks and rocky sections. Water, refreshments, friendly supporters and views of luscious fields will energize you along the way. After the races and throughout the weekend, delicious meals can be enjoyed in the stone barn and yard, catered for by Toast Fine Food Company, who prides themselves in high-quality mouth-watering dishes. Book all meal tickets here in advance . 


Five exclusive drone flying areas will be available on the farm to all fest flyers the whole weekend.  Come fly your drone in large open grassland areas, rich in birdlife, with a 3km radius.  Drone pilots participating in the challenge, facilitated by Unique Drones, will fly a time trial, compete in a photography challenge and operate a search and rescue challenge.  Your drone handling skills will be put to test! 


For the 4x4 enthusiasts, there will be a scenic farmland track available to explore for the whole weekend.  The well marked route consists of wetland, rock sections and jeep tracks to be enjoyed at your own leisure.


Guests can also enjoy the market in the yard on Saturday from 9:00 - 16:00.  Various stalls will cater for the whole family.  Kids are free to explore the wide open spaces on their bicycles, play in a safe kids yard or have fun on a jumping castle.


The beautiful settings on the farm will ensure a peaceful, yet exciting experience for all runners, drone pilots and supporters.


To end Saturday’s eventful activities on a high note, a scrumptious dinner will be served with the sounds of the talented Stella (Adult-contemporary singer-songwriter. Click here to go to her FB PAGE.) entertaining us with a live acoustic set.  You can also look forward to amazing prizes to be won during the prize-giving awards. 


Our ambassador and friend of Acorn Guest Farm, Ryno Griesel – passionate mountaineer and trail runner, forms part of our organizing team and proudly supports the event and cause. 


We are situated just off the R33 Carolina, 22 km from the N4 – 180km from Pretoria, 230 km from Jhb, and 170 km from Nelspruit.  GPS Coordinates: S26°00.961  E029°58.450


Download the Event Program Here


Night Run: Friday 28 February 2020


Start Time: 18:15pm


Distance 1: 6km 


Distance 2: 10km


Route details: Evening: rock sections, forest, dam wall, single and jeep track


Day Run: Saturday 29 February 2020


Start Time: 07:00am


Distance 1: 12.3km


Distance 2: 24.1km


Route details: Day: wetland, rock sections, forest, dam wall, single and jeep track


Drone Challenge: Saturday 29 February 2020


Start Time: 14:00pm


Drone challenge competition hosted by Unique Drones:


1. Drone Skill time trail challenge.


    (Six GPS locations to be flown over with drone, timed)


2. Drone Photography challenge.


    (Best photo of day to be presented to Unique Drone marshal @ 18:00)


3. Search and Rescue challenge:


    (Red pad to be located on farm)


5 Exclusive drone flying areas will be available on the farm to all fest flyers the whole day. Large open areas with bird life and grassland and distances of 3 km in all directions can be flown.


4x4 Track: Saturday 29 February 2020


Start Time: Enjoy at your own leisure


Distance:6.9km


Route details: wetland, rock sections and jeep tracks.


All proceeds will be donated to the Brandvlei Landbouvereniging Drought Relief Fund for Farmers


Ryno Griesel

Co-founder of Gravity Training (Pty) Ltd., Gravity Access (Pty) Ltd. Gravity Gear (Pty) Ltd, Gravity Properties (Pty) Ltd, Gravity Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd and PEAK Sport Management (Pty) Ltd.nnRyno is a passionate mountaineer and trail runner. He has climbed various mountains in Africa, Europe and Nepal.nnHe has raced the Adventure Racing World circuit since 2006 with various top 5 international finishes as part of Team Cyanosis. Race destinations include Africa, Europe, the Moab desert in Utah and the ice bergs of Patagonia.nnRyno actively competes on the Rogaine World Champs circuit (pair - 24 hour navigation runs) with Nicholas Mulder. They achieved a 2nd place at New Zealand World champs 2010 and a win in Ireland nationals 2011, a 2nd at Czech nationals in 2012 and a top 5 at Czech World Champs in 2012.nnRyno currently co-holds the men’s team FKT (Fastest Known Time) for the 210km Drakensberg Grand Traverse with Ryan Sandes at 41hr, 49min (March 2014) and the mixed team FKT with Linda Doke at 63hr, 33min (March 2015). He was further part of the team that holds the men’s team FKT for the Nine Peaks Challenge in South Africa with Ruan van der Merwe and Greg Avierinos at 2 days and 16 hours (September 2017).nnOn 25 March 2018, Ryno and expedition partner Ryan Sandes completed a 1504km run across Nepal, with roughly 70 000m of elevation gain and 70 000m of descent, to set a new FKT on a part of the Great Himalaya Trail. They completed their journey in a time of 24 days, 3 hours and 24 minutes battling significant weather challenges.nnRyno’s next focus will be the Adventure Racing World Champs Raid in France in November 2018 on Reunion Island, as part of Team Jabberwock Adventure Racing.

Stella Musiek

Stella (Combrink) is deel van die Ghoema-bekroonde (Beste Gospelalbum) die gospelgroep, Duis:Lig. Sy het 2017 haar eerste sekulere solo-album, Nuwe Môre, uitgereik. Die CD bestaan uit twaalf hoendervleismooi oorpronklike kontemporêre snitte, wat haar gevoelvolle stem komplementeer en haar vaardigheid as liedjieskrywer ten toon stel. Sover het die album reeds drie treffers opgelewer, waaronder Deur Die Liefde En Die Seer wat nommer een was op Maroela Media kort nadat dit vrygestel is. Die titelsnit, asook Hoop In Liefde word steeds gereeld oor die radio gehoor en is baie goed ontvang. Net soos haar uitsonderlike, veelsydige stem, is die dame ook ’n vrou van vele talente en met baie hooi op haar vurk. Wanneer sy nie haar lyf musikant hou nie, is sy ook boervrou op hulle plaas in Carolina en ma van ’n twee jarige dogtertjie. Sy is ook mede-bestuurder van hulle gastehuis en trou-venue, Acorn Guest Farm.nnAwardsnSAMA nominasie in 2009nSAMA nominasie in 2011nTEMPO nominasie in 2011&2013nGHOEMA wenner vir beste geestelike album in 2015 ( Duis:Lig 2)nGHOEMA wenner vir bese geestelike album in 2017 ( Duis:Lig Dans)n

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6km Night Run - Friday 28 Feb 2020 (18:15pm) + More Details R120.00
10km Night Run - Friday 28 Feb 2020 (18:15pm) + More Details R170.00
12.3km Day Run - Saturday 29 Feb 2020 (07:00am) + More Details R200.00
24.1km Day Run - Saturday 29 Feb 2020 (07:00am) + More Details R250.00
Drone Challenge - Saturday 29 Feb 2020 - (14:00pm) + More Details R500.00
4x4 Track + More Details R250.00
Saturday Day Visitors + More Details R50.00
Children Under 12 - FREE Free
"Drought Relief Donation" Name Your Price (min R20.00) R
Bridal Suite, Max. 3 (R700 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R700.00
Acorn Suite 1, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Acorn Suite 2, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Acorn Suite 3, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Guesthouse 1, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Guesthouse 2, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Guesthouse 3, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Guesthouse 4, Max. 2 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 1, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 2, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 3, Max. 3 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 4, Max. 4 (R600pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 5, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 6, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 7, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 8, Max. 4 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Stalle 9, Max. 6 (R600 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R600.00
Camping (R100 pp for 2 nights) + More Details R100.00
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Weekend meals package + More Details R600.00
  • Weekend meals package
Weekend Kiddies Meals Package (2-12yrs) + More Details R300.00
  • Weekend Kiddies Meals Package (2-12yrs)
Friday Dinner - R150.00 + More Details R150.00
Friday Kiddies Dinner (2-12yrs) + More Details R75.00
Saturday Breakfast - R95.00 + More Details R95.00
  • Saturday Breakfast - R95.00
Saturday Kiddies Breakfast (2-12yrs) + More Details R47.50
  • Saturday Kiddies Breakfast (2-12yrs)
Saturday Lunch - R125.00 + More Details R125.00
Saturday Kiddies Lunch (2-12yrs) + More Details R62.50
Saturday Dinner - R160.00 + More Details R160.00
Saturday Kiddies Dinner (2-12yrs) + More Details R80.00
Sunday Breakfast - R95.00 + More Details R95.00
Sunday Kiddies Breakfast (2-12yrs) + More Details R47.50
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Acorn Guest Farm undefined R53
Carolina, MP 1185
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