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46km

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MAC MAC ULTRA 46km Route Description

The Sabie River is a river in South Africa that forms part of the Komati River System. The catchment area of the Sabie-Sand system is 6,320 km in extent. The Sabie is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa, with generally good water quality.

It rises in the Drakensberg escarpment of Mpumalanga province, flowing eastwards into the lowveld. It crosses the breadth of the Kruger National Park before cutting through the Lebombo range into Mozambique. Some 40 km from Moamba it enters the large Corumana Dam before finally joining the Komati. Settlements on its banks include Sabie, Skukuza and Lower Sabie.

Merry Pebbles to Ceylon Hut

The 46km route will start at Merry Pebbles next to the fast free flowing Sabie river. The first 5 km will have a fast start with some single track and jeep track. The runners will be able to warm up the legs properly with a slight uphill to Ceylon hut.

Distance

5.5 km

Ascent:

+160

Descent:

-113

Ceylon Hut:

Spectator Point:

Yes

Cut off:

No

 

Ceylon Hut to Stables Hut

From Ceylon hut you will make your way up to the Loerie walking trail up to Bridal Veil and Glynis Falls and you will also be able to view Bridal Veil Falls from above after a spectacular single track section. From here you will continue UP via the Pine tree plantations on single track and plantation road. Eventually you will reach the top where you will be met by the friendly people at the Stables hut

Distance:

11.2 km

Ascent:

+1064

Descent:

-360

Stables Hut:

Spectator Point:

No

Cut off:

12h00

 

Stables to Anderson Split

If you are able to pull yourself away from the festivities at Stables, back on to a plantation road, warming up the legs on a nice uphill, the falling into the magnificent  Hartbeesvlakte with a free flowing single track. Watch out not to miss the rock pool to the right and feel free to stop , smell the flowers and take a goef. Be on the lookout for Eland, Hartebeest, and Zebras to name a few. The single track will continue across the valley below Mt Anderson to the Mt Anderson split.

Distance:

6.1km

Ascent:

+261m

Descent:

-150m

Mt Anderson Split

Spectator point

No

Cut off

15h00

 

Mt Anderson Split to Maritzbos Hut

Now we are getting to the business end of things, you should welcome some downhill.  Some call it the Towerbos or Magic Forest others call it Pain forest. A super steep slippery wet descent to Maritzbos that never ends. This section is a real gem of 6km indigenous forest, rivers, rock pools and the most spectacular waterfalls. You will cross several streams on slippery wooden bridges. The final stretch flattens out till you get to the Party at Maritzbos aid station

Distance:

6.2km

Ascent:

+290M

Descent:

-900m

Maritzbos Hut

Spectator Point:

No

Cut off:

17h00

Drop Bag

No

Maritzbos Hut to Ceylon Hut

The first section between Maritzbos and the Ceylon Hut is a runnable 8.7 km jeep track section with one or two climbs to negotiate. At Ceylon hut you can almost see the end, and this is where you are going to start swearing at the RD

8.5km

Ascent:

+250m

Descent:

-466m

Ceylon Hut

Spectator Point:

Yes

Cut off:

18h00

Drop Bag

No

Ceylon Hut to Merry Pebbles

This is a real tester for the mental training you have done over the past year. Steady jeep tracks climb to the top of the “The Why the F” koppie aka ‘Frikkie’s Folly’. A really spectacular descent on a MTB single track brings you to the bottom were you will follow the Sabie river, one more river crossing and a cold Sabie Brewery beer awaits you at the finish.

9.5km


Ascent:

+320m

Descent:

-380m

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