The ancient and majestic Magaliesberg Mountains – 100 times older than Mount Everest and the mountain jewel of South Africa’s north! Once known as the Kashan Mountains and designated a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve in 2015,this spectacular range of quartzite cliffs, dolomite outcrops, crystal clear mountain springs and canyon-sized kloofs serves as a dramatic eternal geological barrier between the Highveld grasslands to the south and bushveld savannah in the north.
Long a favourite with hikers, kloofers and climbers, the more remote and rugged northwestern mountains have largely been officially off-limits to trailrunners – until now! Conservation-leaders Mountain Sanctuary Park, and Mountain Club of South Africa, who administer the adjacent Tonquani Complex (incorporating the legendary Cedarberg and Tonquani Gorges), have recognized the love, passion and respect that trailrunners have for the environment. As a result they have agreed to open their mountain trails to a very limited group of trailrunners for one weekend a year, inviting them to test themselves against the toughest and most spectacular mountain environment that upcountry South Africa has to offer.
And so the Kashan Quest was born!
Two days of unforgettable trailrunning – cliffs and kloofs, epic bouldering, grueling climbs, unforgettable views, gravity defying descents and some of the country’s most exhilarating technical trails. Throw in fully catered accommodation in the middle of the Magaliesberg at the world class Mountain Sanctuary Park – a fitting venue for South Africa’s first upcountry National Stage Race Destination – and you have a weekend of trailrunning that will change your life forever!