Drak entries match rising water levels

Buoyed by a month of exhilarating paddling on the full uMzimkhulu River, entries are pouring in for this weekend’s N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in the Southern Drakensberg. The steady rainfall since the New Year seems to confirm predictions that the lean two year La Niña drought have been broken, certainly in the mountainous Eastern


Kirsten Oliver set to join Drak Super Trouts

When Kirsten Oliver completes the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge on Sunday 22 January she will become the fourth paddler to reach the elusive milestone of completing the popular two-day race twenty times. The prospect excites the bubbly 38 year old Deputy Director of Conservation Projects at Wildlands, who rates the 65km outing as the highlight


Community to win big at Drak Challenge

As the organising committee prepares to roll out the 24th edition of the popular N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon, schools and community organisations are poised to once again be the biggest winners at the event. The unique structure of the race, which has grown into one of the biggest on the national calendar, hinges on


Murray a shooting Starr at FastDrak

Murray Starr sounded an early warning shot ahead of the N3TC Drak Challenge by winning the tough FastDrak ultramarathon that covers the entire two-day Drak Challenge route in one paddle. The cheerful Stellenbosch University paddler took full advantage of the excellent water conditions to canter home six minutes clear of the on-form Maritzburg College schoolboy


Holidaying Ward hunts Drak Challenge podium

2016 runner-up Jenna Ward will be hoping that two weeks in Thailand shortly before the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon will help more than hinder her performance at the two day contest that takes place on the uMzimkhulu River in the Southern Drakensberg on 21 and 22 January. While Ward’s Euro Steel team mate