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28º22’11.9”S 32º24’38.5”E (St Lu­cia Bridge)

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Two ar­eas of­ten over­looked by run­ners keen on ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the trails of the iSi­man­gal­iso World Her­itage Site are the Cape Vi­dal and Maphe­lane Dune sec­tions. Remote beaches and end­less ocean vis­tas char­ac­terise both of these ar­eas within the wet­land park, with safe and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble route op­tions to boot.

Cape Vi­dal com­prises more than 20km of runnable beach, in­ter­spersed with rocky shelves un­fold­ing north­wards, with no-brainer ac­cess from a breath­tak­ing camp site and car­a­van park. Maphe­lane – one of the high­est veg­e­tated dunes in the south­ern hemi­sphere – looms just to the south of the village of St. Lu­cia. A leisurely 4km run gets you to the foot of the dune, with a stiff 300m as­cent for gor­geous views across the ocean.

Find more in­for­ma­tion on trail-run­ning in iSi­man­gal­iso at isi­man­gal­iso.com.

BEST TIME TO RUN

The KZN north coast is hot and hu­mid for most of the year, but for­tu­nately a con­sis­tent ocean breeze helps make the day­time tem­per­a­tures more bear­able. Re­mem­ber, it’s good to keep an eye on any thun­der­storm build-up dur­ing sum­mer af­ter­noons.

GET­TING THERE

Fol­low the N3 from Durban for an easy cruise; the north-bound high­way runs par­al­lel to the coast for around 240km, be­fore you turn to­wards Mtu­batuba. From here, just fol­low the sig­nage along the R618 to St Lu­cia.

PLAN­NING A RUNCATION? FOR MORE IN­SPIR­ING PLACES TO RUN, VISIT RUN­NER­SWORLD. CO.ZA/TRAVEL.

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