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Big5 Orienteering Week

Competition nameBig5 Orienteering Week
Start date20191229
End date20200103
CountrySouth Africa
Race typeInternational
Nearest place or cityGraskop, Mpumalanga
Club/organizerBig5 NPC
Region of countryMpumalanga
Number of competition days5
Expected number of runners500
WRE event?Yes
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Max distance from eventcentre to competitions50km
Latest entry date1st December 2019
Entry fee (Euro)85 (early); 95 (normal); 105 (late)
Typical accomodation fee, hotel (Euro)40 (per person per nigh)
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)15 (per person per night)
Event descriptionThe Big 5 O-Week organising committee, together with the South African Orienteering Federation, invite you to South Africa’s fifth international five-day orienteering competition. The 5 events will take place in the country’s eastern province of Mpumalanga, with each competition area taking place on a different map. There will be a rest day on 1 January. Registration and the focal point of the 5 day competition will be centred on Graskop, an old historical trade post village famous for its picturesque mountain, stunning waterfalls and forested landscape. Graskop, located at an altitude of 1400m above sea level, is located on the touristic ‘Panorama Route’ that follows the Drakensberg Escarpment. The town is only 45 minutes from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park. The Event Centre for Registration will be the picturesque mountain village of Graskop. Registration will be open on Saturday 28 December and on the morning of Day 1. It is approx. a 4.5 hrs drive from Johannesburg. On Days 2 through to 5, registration will be at the competition venue during competition hours. Participants are urged to organise accommodation as December is South Africa’s primary holiday season. The event organisers recommend finding accommodation in Graskop or in the surrounding area. The next nearest towns are Sabie, Pilgrims Rest and Hazyview, but they are not as central to the competition areas.
Terrain descriptionDays 1, 2, 3 and 4 will take place in areas above the main escarpment, on a plateau landscape. These areas are a mixture of grassland, rocky outcrop and pine plantation forests. In some areas, rock detail can become quite intricate, with stone pillars, boulders and cliffs dotting the landscape. Pine plantations and grassland areas are generally very runnable. Altitudes for these areas range from 1300 to 1500m above sea level. Day 5 is a complex mixed parkland and urban area, with some sections of indigenous bush. There are several different types of terrain including regularly cultivated gardens and golf course, streets, as well as some rocky outcrops and thorny bush. Runnability is very good. Altitude is low at about 530m above sea level.
Training possibilitiesThere are numerous orienteering areas in Cape Town and in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please see regular updates to event website for latest news and details concerning other races in South Africa in this period. A training map will be open on Saturday 28 December in an area between Graskop and the neighbouring town of Sabie (1:10’000, 5m contours). This area is a mix of terrain representative of days 2, 3 and 4. Maps will be provided with approximately 12-15 control flags in the terrain. Maps can be bought from the organisers at registration for R50.00.
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.Together with Cape Town and the South Coast, Mpumalanga is one of the premier tourism regions in South Africa. The Mpumalanga regions host a vast array of landscape, cultural and natural attractions, including the southern part of the world famous Kruger National Park. The final event of the Big 5 is only a 45-minute drive from the Kruger Park’s nearest gate, Phabeni. There are numerous spectacular waterfalls in the area and a number of day hikes. Recommended places to see and things to do near the event locations will be listed with links on the Big 5 website
Street address of navigation pointJunction Hoof St/Louis Trichardt Ave
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