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Big5 Orienteering week

Competition nameBig5 Orienteering week
Start date20231229
End date20240103
CountrySouth Africa
Race typeNational
Nearest place or cityPlettenberg Bay
Club/organizerBig Five Orienteering
Region of countryGarden Route, Western Cape
Number of competition days5
Expected number of runners500
WRE event?Yes
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Contact phone number+27-82-905-2588
Max distance from eventcentre to competitions100km
Latest entry date1st Dec (but advised to enter/book accommodation early)
Entry fee (Euro)95 (before 30th Apr); 110 (before
Typical accomodation fee, hotel (Euro)40-80 per person per night
Typical accomodation fee, tent (Euro)20-50 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 sixth international five-day orienteering competition. Each day of competition takes place on a new map, with a rest day on 1 January. The events will take place on the country’s southern coastline, in the Western Cape province. Registration and the focal point of the 5-day competition will be centred on the seaside town of Plettenberg Bay about 500km east of Cape Town, famous for its sandy beaches and rocky peninsulas. The region is bordered by the Outeniqua mountains just inland from the coast, with a mix of indigenous and pine plantation forests in the foothills. The flora of this area form part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the reasons that this coastline is often referred to as South Africa’s ‘Garden Route’.
Terrain descriptionDays 1, 2, 3 and 4 take place on terrain that is part of a coastal shelf between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges. Elevation is about 200-250m above sea level. These areas are a mixture of fynbos scrub, pastureland, indigenous sub-tropical forest and pine plantation forests. Pine plantations and pastureland areas are generally very runnable, whilst fynbos scrub, either in the open or as undergrowth in a forest will slow you down. Indigenous forest tends to be fairly dense and slow going. Day 5, used for the sprint event, is a complex mix of parkland and urban area, with some sections of pine plantation with mixed undergrowth. Part of the map will be in a botanical garden. Runnability is generally very good. Altitude is about 250m above sea level.
Training possibilitiesThe Garden Route region does not have any current orienteering maps and the nearest orienteering areas with regular events are near Cape Town. Please see regular updates to for latest news and details concerning other races in South Africa in the period before and after the Big 5. A training map near the Event centre (Moss & Maple Restaurant) will be open on Thursday 28 December 2023 (scale 1:10’000, 5m contours). This training area is a mix of terrains, most closely representative of days 2 and 3 but also relevant to days 1 and 4. Maps will be provided with approximately 12-15 control flags in the terrain.
Holiday activities,nature,hiking etc.The Western Cape region is one of the premier tourism destinations in South Africa. The Garden Route region hosts a vast array of landscape, cultural and natural attractions. It’s spectacular coastline, indigenous forest, rugged mountains and bird and wildlife all attract international tourists. The area is currently developing its own wine estates whilst its culinary experiences are excellent. There are many options for adventure tourism in the region, of which orienteering has now been added to the menu. Recommended places to see and things to do near the event locations will be listed with links on the Big 5 website.
Live results available?Yes
Direct URL for live results[Link]
Live GPS tracking available?No
Live TV available?No
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