By eHowzit reporter
People who took part in launch of the kwaNzimakwe Multi Trial Park last weekend, are unanimous that the event has surpassed their wildest dreams, and are hoping that this is going to be the start of something much bigger. eHowzit has been getting feedback from various participants and spectators who enjoyed the day immensely in the picturesque surroundings, many of them expressing surprise that such a wonderful scenic site actually existed on the South Coast.
They refer to the activities of the day to illustrate their feelings. As the day started, trail runners and walkers arrived in buses, many from the Wild Coast Athletic Club and South Coast Striders. A South Coast Hospice team handled the registrations. The running course consisted of 6 kilometre and 8 kilometre trail runs through the local kwaNzimakwe area, crossing the river several times and traversing the beautiful hills, finishing with a challenging climb of 300 metres. The multi-trail runners started off at high speed, and were in good spirits as they enjoyed refreshments and Coke at the halfway mark, supplied by South Coast Striders. The second leg of the course was the most challenging at testing endurance levels. Nevertheless, the runners expressed their delight with the surroundings and how suitable the area was for sports trail running. Walkers set off for a 4 kilometre walk. The trail run and walk participants stated they were looking forward to the next event of its kind.
The run and walk ended at just before ten after the 7.30 start. By then the 4×4 and motorbike competitors started arriving. The focus of the multi trail events shifted to the 4×4 course and the drivers of 32 vehicles received a briefing from Halfway Toyota on technical, safety and other aspects necessary to negotiate the course. The 20 kilometre course took two hours to complete. A bonus was a demo course which drivers were asked to complete before they went onto the 4×4 course. The drivers enjoyed the experience tremendously and were looking forward to improve from novice 4×4 drivers to being more experienced in future events. Thompson Motors’ and Halfway Toyota’s displays added that extra interest to the proceedings.
The motorbike event started just after 10 o’clock, with a 22 kilometre trail led by Stuart Gregory of ‘Nuts4Dakar’ fame for the more experienced riders, and a ten kilometre event for the ‘fun riders’. The organisers expressed their thanks to the Silver Bullets who supported the events. Visitors and participants alike regarded that day as a huge success, and hoped it would be happening again quite soon.
Visitors from the KZN South Coast and beyond participated in the hugely successful launch of the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails on Sunday, forming part of Ugu South Coast Tourism’s Great Drives Out route.
In attendance were Mayor of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality (RNM), Cllr Cynthia Mqwebu; local traditional leader, Inkosi B.S. Nzimakwe; and CEO of USCT Phelisa Mangcu.
Commenting on the launch, Mangcu said: “We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who came out to support and experience the extension of our tourist routes to our communities as this gives visitors a unique experience of the region’s traditional heritage and natural beauty. There are many plans to further develop this area, so watch this space!”
Visitors got to enjoy the Halfway Toyota 4×4 obstacle and demo course as well as the 4-hour trail excursion. The South Coast Striders hosted a 4-kilometre family trail hike with four-legged friends invited, and there was a 22-kilometre off-road motorcycle trail in support of Stuart Gregory’s ‘Nuts4Dakar’ campaign. Also in attendance was South Coast Hospice, an organisation providing palliative care and support to medical patients.
For more information about this and other USCT activities, visit (website) www.visitkznsouthcoast.co.za; (Facebook page) South Coast Tourism; or (Twitter) @infosouthcoast and follow the handle #kznsouthcoast.
Photo: Zola Phoswa and Ayanda Buthelezi. (Colette Bailie)