The Karoo Moon is a two day trail run following farm tracks and sheep and kudu foot paths along the Groot River and the Paardenberg Mountain. 

Date:  5,6 and 7 May 2017


Friday, 5 May 2017:  Arrival and registration from 14h00.  Supper at 18h00 and race briefing and evening programme at 17h30.

Saturday, 6 May 2017:  20km Trail Run.

Breakfast:  07h30

Race starts:  08h30

Lunch:  13h00

Chill time untill 15h00

Sheep shearing demonstration: 15h00

Skaaplorrie Sundowner drive with historic talk on history of Bucklands:   15h30

Supper:  18h00

Race Briefing and Langarm Skeerhuis Dance:  19h00

Sunday:  12 km Trail Run.

Breakfast:  07h30

Race starts:  08h30

Lunch:  12h00.

Prize giving ceremony: 13h00

Depart:  14h00

Cost:  R1500.00 per person.

Price includes:  All meals, goodie bag with race T shirt, camping in tents, Sundowner Drive, Coffee and Tea all day long, water point drinks and snacks.

Price does not include:  Transport to and from PE Airport, bus or train stations or alternative accommodation.

Meals:  All meals are traditional Karoo food.  Vegetarians will be catered for if so requested on entry form.  Saturday night karoo lamb spitbraai.

Accommodation Options:  Entry fees includes camping in tents with mattresses only.  One person per tent, unless otherwise requested, maximum 2 people per tent.

Optional accommodation on the farm includes The Poortjie, a two bedroomed (5 people) chalet at the race venue, and The Ouwerwe, a 12 sleeper house (2 bedrooms and a dorm), 4.7 km from the race venue, for which own transport by bakkie is required. 

Five more chalets and a guest house are available on request on neighbouring farms.  Own transport required.  Distance from race venue varies between 5 km and 12 km.

All additional accommodation, apart from camping, is R300 per person per night additional to entry fees.

Own camping gear is welcome, but has to be mentioned on entry form.  Entry price stays the same.

Supporter Options:  Supporters are welcome. Price R1300 per person if they share a tent.  Own tents R50 per person extra.  Price includes all meals, camping, and Sundowner Trip.

Prizes:  Trophees only.

Catagories: Men Senior, Ladies Senior (19 and older), Men Junior and Ladies Junior (18 and younger).

Three prizes per category:

Winner – Full Moon Trophee.

Second Place – Half Moon Trophee.

Third Place – Sekelmaan Trophee.


About the Routes:


Bucklands is a Karoo farm, sometimes lush and green, sometimes hot and harsh, but it has a lot of character, history and tranquillity.  It definitely has its own magic - but the fairies here wear vellies!

It may be Karoo, but not as flat as trail runners may hope for.  We live just to the north of the Baviaans and Groot Winterhoek mountains, with the Grootrivier winding along the farm on its way to the Gamtoos and then J-Bay.

The old ox wagon route from the Cape to Uitenhage (before PE existed), went over the farm, and the Ouwerwe Chalet, which was an inn on the ox wagon route, complete with a school that also served as a jail, now serves as a water point on the 12 km second day race. 


First Day: 20 km The Xillis Route (San for Honey Badger)


The 20 km race starts at the farmstead, following the farm track past the Ouwerwe, past Kombersie Koppie, up the Langrant, and down into the valley at Rooikloof in the Paardenberg.  Here, at the old stone Kraals and Gege's Hut, is the first water point at 10 km.  You will also see a display of the trilobite fossils found in that region.

From there the track descends down the valley with stunning views of the mountain and Grootriviers Poort, to cross the Grootrivier at Kama – the place of water.  From here the route follows the dry river bed, past Wilkerskloof, where dr. AG Visser, the Afrikaans poet, performed a caesarian operation on a kitchen table, about 100 years ago.

Then at the15 km mark, the second water point awaits runners in the shade of large acacia trees on the river bank.  Now it is only 5 km home, and the Diepnek with its Perdevoetpad is the only obstacle before the last river crossing and the straight flat run home!


Second Day:  12 km The Tortoise Route

Starting again at the farmstead, we follow the farm track to the broken windmill at Rooiwalle on the Groot Rivier, from where we use single kudu trails all along the river, to Vate se Gat, where the barrels were filled in the ox wagon days.  From there we run to the water point at the Ouwerwe, the first farmstead on Bucklands also used as an inn.  Then the trail gives a glimpse of the stone kraals where 10 000 head of sheep could fit in.  From there through the Acacia growth on the Island, and back home along the ox wagon route.

This trail is fairly easy and fast, but interesting and historical.  You may see tortoises and other game along the way, and will probably hear the fish eagles call.





Take the R75 from Port Elizabeth, (the Graaff-Reinet road), to Kleinpoort, about 60 km before Jansenville, and about 90 km after Uitenhage.

Turn left at Kleinpoort, (south), onto the Springbokvlakte gravel road, and follow for 19 km, to a T-junction at a farmstead with blue-gum trees and outbuildings with green doors.

Turn right (west), and follow the road for 3km to a small Bucklands sign board at a junction turning left.

Turn left, (south), and follow this road for 7km, to a gate at a fork in the road, and a farm workers house on your right hand side.  There is a Bucklands sign bord.

Keep straight through gate, and after 200m, keep right, (west), at a fork in the road.

Drive 3 km, and you will get the Bucklands sign boards, turn left, (south), through the river, and you will get the main farmstead after 300m.

The first 5 km from Kleinpoort is somewhat rough and not advisable for very low cars (like Porches and the like), but after that the road improves and is in good condition all the way to the farm.


The shortest and most scenic route is the R62 to Oudtshoorn, from there via De Rust and Barandas to Willowmore.  (You can also drive to George, over the mountain via Uniondale to Willowmore).  From Willowmore, follow the cement road to Steytlerville.  When you enter Steytlerville,  turn right onto the gravel road saying Cockscomb or Uitenhage.  (If you need anything from town, turn left to the hotel, shops and gas station, as this is the last place to buy anything).

Follow the gravel road for 4.5 km to a fork in the road, where you turn left.

After 30 km take the road turning off to the right, saying Bucklands and Sandpoort.  Follow for 10 km to the Bucklands sign board and turn sharp right, follow for 300m and you will get coffee!

The GPS coordinates are:  33º28'46.22”S x 24º41'50.22”E

There is Vodacom and Cell C reception all the way on the gravel road, so if you feel uncertain, please call us on:


The farm telephone number is:            049 8370033

The cell phone number is:                   082 4972372