Want to start 2018 on a healthy note? And with healthy we mean exciting, fun and good for you. Enter now for the 4th annual #ResolutionRun in Swaziland’s wilderness.

Taking place at Big Game ParksHlane Royal National Park on 20 January 2018, the #ResolutionRun may be just what you need to kickstart your year. The trail run winds through unspoilt veld and riverine forest and if you’re lucky, you could come across some of the park’s wild residents.

This year’s #ResolutionRun has a 5km run, 10km race and, for the first time, a 21km half marathon on the menu. Entrants of all ages are welcome to participate.

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“The race is a fun run aimed at inspiring families to keep up their New Year’s resolutions. Accommodation is available in the park, and race participants are encouraged to make use of our Swaziland Safari Specials (Quiet Season Specials) over the race weekend,” says Big Game Parks marketing manager Nikki Jacobsz.

What’s not to like about running through Swaziland’s largest protected area? Hlane is blessed with abundant birdlife and is home to the largest herds of game in the Kingdom as well as four of Africa’s Big Five. Kick off 2018 with a dose of fresh air, thrilling wildlife sightings and active family time.

Entry fees

  • 21km challenge: R120 per person, starts at 05:30
  • 10km mini challenge: R100 per person, starts at 06:00
  • 5km fun run: R75 per person, starts at 06:10

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How to enter

Contact Big Game Parks’ Central Reservations Office on +268 7802 2899 or +268 7602 1274 to secure your spot. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Why not make a weekend of it? Book two nights at one of Big Game Park’s three destinations options (Hlane, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary or Mkhaya Game Reserve) and save up to 30% on accommodation. Special is valid from 10 January 2018 until 15 March 2018. Send an email to [email protected] for queries or book online.

More trail runs in Wild parks

If you love running in nature, put these dates in your calendar:

2-4 March 2018: Addo Elephant Trail Run
Addo Elephant National Park

Ultra distances of 44km, 76km and 100 miles explore the park’s Zuurberg mountains and bewitching valleys. Expect river crossings, steep climbs and epic views.

3 March 2018: Marakele Marathon
Marakele National Park

The Waterberg plays host to a marathon, half marathon and 10km race. Stunning scenery and wildlife sightings make for an unforgettable run.

7-8 July 2018: Grootvadersbosch Trail Run
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve & Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Choose between the 33km and 14km route or run both and experience a fairyland of indigenous forests, lush valleys and rooibos-coloured streams.

18 August 2018: Merrell Whale of Trail
De Hoop Nature Reserve

Following the route of the Whale Trail, this 53km race offers mountain climbs, technical ridges and sandy beach stretches – plus the chance to spot whales.

18-21 October 2018: Golden Gate Challenge
Golden Gate Highlands National Park

This staged trail run covers 70km over three days. The big mountains and high altitude will challenge you, but the rewards are breathtaking vistas and ancient rock art.

Pictures courtesy of Big Game Parks