The Knysna Extreme Triathlon takes place in Knysna town which is in a region called the Garden Route that is found in the Western Cape of South Africa.
It is a point-to-point race that starts in Knysna and finished at Diepwalle Forest station that is only 20km away from the centre of Knysna.
International participants can fly into either Johannesburg (OR Tambo) or Cape Town International Airport and then catch a domestic flight to George or Port Elizabeth. Keep in mind that George Airport is the closest airport and is only 70 km away. Alternatively, Port Elizabeth Airport is 273 km to the East. The drive from Cape Town will take around 5 hours (550km) and 12 hours from Johannesburg (1,200km).
Where to stay?
Knysna town is a tourist destination and there are plenty of hotels, lodges, B&Bs and Airbnb options to choose from. Since the start and finish are in the same area, participants can choose one venue to stay for the duration of the event. The town is relatively small and will take around 10min to get to the start from most location in Knysna or 20min for places near the beach.
Do you need a supporter and what is provided?
Yes, all athlete require a supporter to follow them on their journey and provide all nutritional, mechanical and mental support. Supporters can also follow their athlete along the entire route from start to finish. Supporters are also encouraged to run / cycle next to their athlete along the 50km run section of the race. The Knysna Extreme is a self-supported race, meaning that all athletes and supporters are required to bring their own nutritional items for the entire race.
What makes it unique?
Knysna is located in the Garden Route which is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa. Participants will experience moderate and humid conditions along the coast, breath-taking mountain vistas, dry and hot condition in the Klein Karoo semi-desert and dense lush green forest in the Knysna Forest.
Things to do in the area?
The Garden Route is the adventure capital of South Africa. A number of number of short / day hiking trails in the surrounding areas, visit the old gold mines or picnic at a number of spots in the Knysna forest. For the active, try some trail running or do some mountain biking. If you are daring, jump off Bloukrans bridge which is the world’s highest bungee in the world, do some sky diving in Plett or shark cage diving in Mosel Bay. Get back to nature with some ecological tours or hop onto a high-speed boat on a trip out of the Knysna heads and spot some dolphins or whales.