MEL­TON WOLD, KA­ROO HIGH­LANDS

Runner's World South Africa - - Rave Run - Pho­to­graphs & words by… Jac­ques Marais

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

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