With the African sun on your back, there are thousands of running routes in Stellenbosch area. Whether running for exercise, relaxation or the love of spending time in nature, Stellenbosch offers some of the most picturesque running routes in the world. The Stellenbosch trail fund STF a recent initiative of passionate locals ensure the trails of in pristine condition.

Running routes

Running routes include scenic route along Eerste river towards Jonkerhoek nature reserve; a 10km loop around the bottom of the reserve which is great for taking in the scenery; a student favourite is the berg pad, a wide gravel road along the contours of the Stellenbosch mountain otherwise fields upon grass fields of the University sport fields for can be freely accessed for easy recovery run


Trail running

Running on the trails around Stellenbosch offer a unique experience. An increasingly popular sport in its own right, Stellenbosch is home to an network of trails known for its spawling mountains and lush fynbos. Athletes training in here have access to kilometres of challenging double black tracks as well as easy to use jeep tracks, to mountain trails with high-mountain itineraries with stunning views


Running Jonkershoek

Some of the favourites routes are in Jonkershoek nature reserve at 9,800 hectares a mere 10km scenic route from Stellenbosch. The reserve offers wide variety of trails, ranging between 5 km and 18 km, that criss-cross the natural amphitheatre formed by the mountain peaks surrounding the pine tree plantations and reservoir at the bottom of the long valley. Gates open at 07:30 throughout the year and close at 18:00 during winter and 19:00 during summer.

Jonkershoek trails starts along the Eerste River (which flows all the way into Stellenbosch) and then proceeds up a fairly steep gorge to Tweede Waterval (‘Second Waterfall’) A dip in its glorious waters makes for a great reward after hot strenuous run. Other favourite trails for those who wish to exert themselves include 18 km Swartboskloof Trail, alternatively there is the 17 km Panorama Circuit which takes you all the way to the top of Guardian Peak (1,227 meters above sea level) from where you can see as far as Table Mountain and Robben Island.



Access to the Stellenbosch University athletics track can be arranged with stadium which boast 4 000 seats and floodlights with backdrop of the Stellenbosch mountains.


Running Table mountain

Further afield is the stunning trails along the contours of the iconic Table mountain including some more challenging routes for the extreme trail seeker otherwise beautiful loop round Lions head at sunset to savour a 360degree view of much of Cape Town has to offer



3YO arrange camps and transport structured around races. Favourites are the famous Two Oceans ultra marathon, the Comrades and the Cape Town marathon. For the trail seekers the challenging three day stage race African X


3YO running services

  • Bespoke guided runs leading up to your race
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Tartan track group sessions
  • Grass track group sessions
  • Intervals session in Jan Marais park
  • Trails variety of terrain
  • Time trials 2km-4km
  • Guided runs
  • GPS routes
  • Climbing Table mountain

3YO Running fees

3YO Running services

Triathlon training camps


How do you get home? After some hard training yards, a well deserved lunch, 3YO provides transport for you and your pride and joy (bike) safely back to Stellenbosch. 3YO further provides airport transfers.

Triathlon training camps


Say what? Rest and Recover on holiday? 3YO facilitates bookings of a wide variety of activities the area has to offer.

For any questions regarding our pricing plans above, don't hesitate to contact us!