Run in protected areas while raising funds for our collective natural heritage.


About Us

Our Purpose

The WILDSERIES was established to profile South Africa’s spectacular natural heritage while raising funds for endangered species (cranes, rhino, wild dog and the bearded vulture) as well as to support the work of our conservation partners, the Karkloof Conservancy, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and SANParks.


Trail Runs


All funds raised through all events will be used to enable priority species and conservation work being done by the WILDTRUST in partnership with all the conservation partner agencies.

ALL WILDSERIES Events Entries are Covid-19 proof

All WILDSERIES entries are Covid-19 proof and should we not be able to host the event safely on all the stipulated dates, all runners with paid entries will have the option to either roll their entries over to 2023 OR request a refund in line with our refund policy.

WildSeries Events

Trail Running Events

Run for more than yourself.

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Three Cranes Challenge

Three Cranes. Three Days. One Adventure!

This three-day ultra-stage event is a unique fundraising event, covering 100km through the Karkloof Valley in the heart of the Natal Midlands for the conservation of cranes (Blue, Crowned and Wattled Cranes). 25km and 5km short courses available.
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Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge

Elevate and Conquer Monties!

A 50km run up to the source of the Tugela river, an altitude of over 3000m. ‘Monties’ offers a unique experience for everyone ranging from snow, running through the clouds, sunshine, blue skies and the Amphitheatre. This is Bearded Vulture territory. Savour it. 21km also available.
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Golden Gate Challenge

Golden Mountains. Golden Reward.

A three-day track and trail run over 70km of the most rugged scenic mountains of the Free State. Situated in the magnificent Golden Gate National Park, raising funds for conservation and biodiversity. 21km, 17km and 10km available.


Here are some other events that we are associated with.

Comrades Marathon

The Ultimate Human Race

STIHL iMfolozi Outrun

Raw, unique, relaxed and wild

iMfolozi MTB Challenge

Africa’s wildest MTB ride

Oceans8 Charity Swim

SA’s first and only warm water ocean challenge, exclusively for charity

Safe Racing

Refund Policy

Should the event be cancelled due to COVID government imposed regulations, then all entries shall receive a 90% refund on the entry fee. The bank and online fee is unfortunately non-refundable. Should the event be cancelled for any other reason other than negligence on behalf of the organisers, or should a participant not be able to make the event for whatever reason, including illness, then the following refund policy will be applied:

+90 Days - 80% Refund

60-90 Days - 50% Refund

30-60 Days - 30% Refund

0-30 Days - 10% Refund


What Past Racers Say


Frequently Ask Questions

The GRANDSLAM is an ALL ACCESS PASS into all 3 trail running events of the WILDSERIES. To qualify for the GRANDSLAM status, one needs to enter ALL 3 EVENTS being the Three Cranes (10 – 13 March), Mont-Aux-Sources (9 – 11 September) and Golden Gate Challenge (20 – 23 October) This package includes the conservation donation, race garment (goodie bag), all meals for the weekend, campsite (bring along own camp gear) and weekend of running. Those who have completed the series will receive a special award at the last event of the series being the Golden Gate Challenge.

This includes your conservation fee, meals for the weekend, race garment (goodie bag), campsite (bring along camp gear) and a weekend of running.

This is a 'no bells and whistles' package that only pays for you to join the event festivities and just run in our unique WILD environments. You may purchase the race garment and meals at the event.

This is a portion of your entry fee that goes directly to the conservation partner to enable the work we do in partnership with the organization. For Three Cranes it is R600 towards the Karkloof Conservancy. For the Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge it is R330 (50km and 21km) which goes towards Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Lastly Golden Gate Challenge it is R660 (73km), R330 (27km), R220 (17km) and R110 (10km) – You all qualify for S18A Tax benefit for donation portion for all events. Please request one should you want one by emailing

All funds generated from the conservation donations go directly to our conservation partners. These range from Crane to Bearded Vulture conservation as well as the biodiversity conservation of the protected areas where our participants run. Ultimately your funds help us conserve and sustain these areas for today and for future generations.

Due to the challenging times we have all experienced due to the pandemic, all entries for events do not close until we have reached our cap. Kindly email should you need clarity. Should entries close earlier than expected, this will be announced on all our social media pages and via email.

All event updates are communicated via all social media platforms on a regular basis. Kindly follow @WildseriesSA on all social media platforms. 

YES – 10% discount per team of 4 and 5% discount for a pair/team of 2

YES – we have a variety of suppliers of coffee, booze and food on site. All are welcome to purchase what they need at the event. All prices are set by the suppliers.

These are NON-NEGOTIABLE. All runners taking part in the event must have all the items listed on the list otherwise they will not be allowed to run. Race Coordinator will specify requirements via email before each event. The basic list is as follows:

  • Hydration pack (2l)
  • GPS/Tracking watch
  • Collapsible cup or own cup (we are a cupless event)
  • Own/preferred nutrition (we have fully stocked refreshment tables)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Space blanket
  • Cellphone (fully charged)
  • Thermal (long sleeve top) – event dependent

The event will strive to bring on board some of the country's best live acts and these will be announced leading up to each event. For Three Cranes we will have Rowan Stuart performing over 2 days. Rowan Stuart has a long career in music spanning over 15 years with multiple South African tours and national radio success – most notable with singles like 'Survivors', 'Silver Balloon', 'The Kingdom on Leaves,' under his belt. Rowan continues his quest to bridge the gap between reality and fantasy with his signature style of story-driven Dream Folk Pop. For more info visit (insert link to his website and FB page here)

YES – WILDSERIES prides itself in being an inclusive and family orientated event. Your family/friends/supporters are welcome to join us for a weekend of conservation and fun. Please check out any short courses available and their associated fees or simply order extra meals for them by enquiring at for more information

"The WILDSERIES plays a role in a larger context in South Africa because we are a booster foundation. WILDSERIES is another avenue of raising funds for conservation initiatives in South Africa especially in KwaZulu-Natal."

― Kirsten Oliver: WILDTRUST Deputy Director (WILDLANDS Programme)

Our Conservation Partners

A portion of all WILDSERIES entries directly enable the work of these like-minded conservation organisations.

Our Sponsors

Without the support of our sponsors, none of the WILDSERIES events would be possible.