General Info


There are numerous orienteering areas in Cape Town and in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please see regular updates to for latest news and details concerning other races in South Africa in this period.

A training map will be open on Saturday 28 December in an area between Graskop and the neighbouring town of Sabie (1:10’000, 5m contours). This area is a mix of terrain representative of days 2, 3 and 4. Maps will be provided with approximately 12-15 control flags in

Social Evenings

Various social evenings will be included in the event programme and feature a range of entertainment and activities. Further details will be announced in mid-2019, but the activities will include:

    • A social braai (barbecue) on one of the evenings
    • A final festive dinner evening on the Thursday night
    • Other special talks and athlete feedback presentations in Graskop town in the evenings.

Prize Giving, Prizes and Mementoes

Prize Giving will take place at the finish after Day 5. All finishers of the full 5-Day competition will receive a commemorative memento. Prizes will also be awarded to the first three positions in each category after 5 days. A competitor’s final 5-day placing will be determined as the best 4 events out of a possible 5 based on points scored each day. A competitor’s daily score is based as a percentage of his or her time against the class winner’s time, with the winner receiving 1000 points.

Punching System

The EMIT punching system will be used for all 5 days. EMIT cards can be hired when entering online.

Clothing Restrictions

There are no clothing restrictions for orienteering in South Africa. Leg protection is advised for the days in forested areas due to cut branches lying on the ground.


There are no dangerous animals in the competition areas, although competitors may encounter various species of buck, jackals and other small and large mammals. Snakes (including venomous ones) are found in the areas but they will usually move out of a runner’s way. No incidents have been reported due to snakes in similar areas used for Orienteering in South Africa in the last 30 years. Graskop is not in a Malaria area as it is at high altitude. Hazyview is located on the edge of the Malaria area that extends further to the east below the escarpment.


High quality branded T-Shirts and other memorabilia will be on sale, featuring the Big 5 logo ‘South Africa 2019/20’. Various types of compasses balanced for the southern Hemisphere will also be on sale. Online sales will be taken from mid-2019 on