Rogaining in South Africa

Rogaining is a sport of long-distance, cross-country navigation. It is an adventure discipline where navigation is by map and compass only; route planning is as important as speed and endurance on foot. Participants compete in teams of two to five people. Urban events may be as short as one hour in duration with Championship events limited to 24 hours. Events take place in urban and wilderness locations across the disciplines of running, mountain biking, paddling and snow ski.

irf_colourThe sport of rogaining was started in South Africa by Pieter Mulder, with an eight-hour foot rogaine in 2003 at the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve in Gauteng. A foot (running/walking) event (usually up to six or eight hours) has been held annually since in the forested areas of Belfast and Kaapschehoop and, in recent years, a mountain bike rogaining event was added the following day. This major annual rogaining weekend is organised by Rand Orienteering Club.

Adventure racer and orienteer Lisa de Speville started a series of urban rogaining events, Metrogaine Jo’burg, in 2011. One-hour and 90-minute  courses see participants running through Jo’burg suburbs on a week night.

For more information on the sport of rogaining, visit the International Rogaining Federation at


Date & Venue Event Contact
2016 Events
Wed, 6 April 2016
Metrogaine Jo’burg
Duration: 60- or 90-minutes (2 courses)
Team Format: 2s
Course planning by Christie Courtnage and Timothy Chambers
3 September 2016
Near Parys
Annual Foot Rogaine
Duration: 3hr or 6hr Foot (Saturday)
Team Format: 2s
Rand Orienteering Club (ROC) INFORMATION