MELTON WOLD, KAROO HIGHLANDS
Runner… Peter Kirk (and Misty) GPS Location 31°28’02.6”S 22°20’32.7”E Grading All levels. Duration The 6km loop around the dam and airstrip will take an average runner less than an hour. However, you can bump this up considerably by heading into the game area to the west – the 30km loop will take at least three to four hours. Best Time To Run This is the Karoo, so you should expect sizzling summer temperatures peaking in the mid-40s, despite the high altitude on the inland plateau. Run early during the hotter months, and pack enough water. On the flip side, temperatures on winter days and nights may drop well below freezing – if you’re there then, wear layers. Terrain Hard-packed gravel trails, stretches of fist-sized rocks, sandy dual tracks and eroded game footpaths. This part of the Karoo Highlands is less arid than you’d expect. There are sections of marsh in the grasslands, especially after rainfall during summer. Configuration Running through the grassland marshes and shimmering vleis after a rain shower is rewarding. Endless plains unfold from the guesthouse, along the dam wall and into the game camps, where you’ll find at least 40km of gritty gravel roads and 4x4 tracks.
The surface is pretty rocky in places – watch your step as you dogleg back onto the