Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge

Fri. 28 Feb, 2020 at 6:30pm - Sun. 1 Mar, 2020 at 12:00pm SAST
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Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge

This event is a must for all families and outdoor enthusiasts. The very first Highveld Trail Run and Drone Challenge charity event will be hosted at Acorn Guest Farm in Carolina District with breathtaking views, an action packed event guide, including a market and live entertainment, and the convenience of authentic, charming farm-style living spaces and self-catering accommodation for up to 56 people. Make a weekend of it! Come as a group or go solo - you’re guaranteed to leave feeling relaxed and re-energised (and perhaps make a few like-minded friends).  

There’s a good cause behind the event too! Being part of an active agricultural community, we feel deeply for farmers affected by drought.  We invite you to make a donation to help us raise funds, with all proceeds going to the Brandvlei Landbouvereniging Drought Relief Fund. The smallest financial contribution can make a real difference in meeting the needs of the suffering farming community.

Make a weekend of it!  Enter one or more of the trail runs, book all your meals for the weekend, enjoy the live performance by Stella included in your Saturday dinner ticket and book a room for two nights in one of our authentic farm style accommodation facilities.  Bring your family along and enjoy the market in the yard Saturday Come fly your drone on the farm and take a ride with your 4X4 on our beautiful track.


Here’s a look at what you can expect:


Night Trail Run

  • Start Time: 18:15pm (less than 3 hours from Jhb / Pta / Nelspruit)

  • 6km (R120 entry) or 10km (R170 entry)

  • Terrain: Rock sections, forest, dam wall, single and jeep track.



Morning Trail Run

  • Start Time: 07:00am

  • 12.3km (R200 entry) or 24.1km (R250 entry)

  • Terrain: Wetlands, rock sections, forest, dam wall, single and jeep track.

All the trails 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. 


Drone Challenge

  • Start Time: 14:00pm  (R250 entry)

  • Drone pilots participating in the challenge, facilitated by Unique Drones, will fly a time trial, compete in a photography challenge (Best photo of day to be presented to Unique Drone marshal at 18:00pm) and operate a search and rescue challenge. Your drone handling skills will be put to test!

  • Five exclusive drone flying areas will be available on the farm all weekend. Fly your drone in large open grassland areas, rich in birdlife, with a 3km radius.


4×4 Track

  • R250 per vehicle

  • Start Time: Enjoy at your own leisure

  • Distance: 7km

  • Terrain: Enjoy a scenic farmland track with well marked route consists of wetland, rock sections and jeep tracks to be enjoyed at your own leisure.


Market In The Yard

  • Saturday from 9:00 – 14:00.  

  • Various stalls will cater for the whole family.  

  • Kids are free to explore the wide open spaces in safety on their bicycles, play in a safe kids yard or have fun on a jumping castle.


Pre-Booked Dinner & Live Entertainment 

  • After the races and throughout the weekend, delicious meals can be enjoyed in the stone barn and yard, catered for by Toast who pride themselves in high-quality mouth-watering dishes! 

  • To end Saturday’s eventful activities on a high note, a scrumptious dinner will be served with the sounds of the talented Stella (Afrikaans adult-contemporary singer-songwriter) entertaining us with a live acoustic set. 



  • Breakfast 8am-10am (pre-book)

  • If you’re spending the weekend, you’ll have time to explore the farm at your own pace.  

  • Choose from a wide range of activities to enjoy before you go home such as fishing, hiking, biking, bird-watching and more. 


Farm-Style Accommodation

We can accommodate up to 58 people in our Farm style accommodation:

  • Our 100 year old Guesthouse has 4 private rooms, with 2 shared bathrooms and a self-catering communal kitchen, dining & living room. Ideal for families, groups of friends. 

  • The Stalle living space has 9 spacious private rooms each with an ensuite bathroom, with a modern, spacious communal kitchen and living room. Ideal for self-catering.

  • There are 3 private suites with ensuite bathrooms.

  • The Bridal suite has two bathrooms & a kitchenette, ideal for self-catering.

  • To check out our accommodation on our website click here.


Useful Information:

  • NB: All meal tickets and event bookings to be made in advance here on Tixsa.

  • You can also look forward to amazing prizes to be won during the prize-giving awards.

  • Come prepared with mosquito repellant, sunscreen and hats. :) 

  • Bring your camping chairs in case you need them. 


Our ambassador and friend of Acorn Guest Farm, Ryno Griesell – 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


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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Acorn Guest Farm undefined R53
Carolina, MP 1185