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Oyster Catcher Ultra

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South Africa - Western Cape
Event type:
Run Stage
Entries open:
Entries open: 3 Feb 2015
Event dates:
8 Jun 2019 - 2 day event
± 2 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Race Director:
Sonja Otto

The African Oystercatcher is a large, noisy wader, with completely black plumage, red legs and a strong broad red bill. The sexes are similar in appearance, however, females are larger and have a slightly longer beak than males. Juveniles have soft grey plumage and do not express the characteristic red legs and beak until after they fledged. The call is a distinctive loud piping, very similar to Eurasian oystercatchers. As the Eurasian oystercatcher is a migratory species they only occur as a vagrant in southern Africa, and its black-and-white plumage makes confusion impossible.

The Oystercatcher Trail is a world acclaimed hiking experience, and offers both. It was rated by National Geographic Traveller as ” One of the Top 50 tours of a life time” for 2007 . The BBC classes it as one of “30 Unforgettable hikes to do before you die”, and GETAWAY Magazine rated it as one of the top 5 South African hikes. The aim is to ensure that hikers/runners enjoy every step and learn much about our fragile and beautiful environment.The Oystercatcher Trail is renowned for its eco and cultural educational value.

Mitochondrial DNA research has shown that all humans alive today descend from a small population that lived between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. Archaeological research has shown that at least some of those people lived in Mossel Bay…

You will run through the Pinnacle Point area- the place that’s revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour.

Weather conditions

Season: Winter

Route Information



Technical Rating: 4

Stage details


Entry Fee details

Entry pp R550 to 3000

  Date: 10 June 2017 Race Village: Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Gouritsmond, Garden Route, Western Cape Event Format: Solo’s Distances: 73 km non-stop from Mosselbay To Gourikwa Nature Reserve

Race reviews
The Inaugural Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail Run 2017 will take place on the well known Oyster Catcher Hiking Trail that start at Mosselbay and run all the way to the Gourikwa Nature Reserve. Due to the popularity of the Oyster Catcher 2 day and 3 day Trail run Trisport added the non-stop Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail run to the calendar. This will give the athletes the change to run the whle 80km in 1 day. The difference of the Ultra to the 3 or 2 day trail run is that it is run in reversed, the race will start in Mosselbay and finish at the Gourikwa Nature Reserve. Included in the Ultra is also the beautiful pristine section of beach between Dana Bay and Vleesbaai, this section is not used in the 3 or 2 day Trail runs. You will run this section during the spring low tide to avoid disturbing the breeding areas of the Oyster Catcher birds that are usually above the high water mark in the dunes. The Ultra will start with the St Blaize Trail run, then the beach section between Dana Bay and Vleesbaai, pass Fransmanshoek towards Kanon where you will then be transferred by boat across the Gouritz river to the jetty of the town, Gouritsmond, where you will then run the last leg from Gouritz River mouth to the Gourikwa Nature Reserve and finish the first ever Oyster Catcher Ultra Trail Run underneath the Trisport Arch and welcomed by the Trisport and Gourikwa Team.

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