Urban Series 2018

Urban Series 2018

Our 2018 Urban Series brings together ten navigation-based events on a variety of school and university properties, in parks, on golf courses and at interesting venues all over Jo’burg. Explore and discover the adventurous side of our cities through our Urban Series and learn to navigate using a map. There are a number of courses to choose from, so whether you are looking for a serious challenge or just a relaxed outing, we have something for you.

Dates & venues

Day Date Location Pre-register online Event information/Results
Sunday 21 January Jo’burg Zoo Event completed  “Come and try it” event
Sunday 28 January Emmarentia Botanical Gardens Event completed Results
Sunday 11 February Wits Main Campus Event completed Results
Sunday 18 February Di-Data Campus (Bryanston) Event completed Results
Sunday 11 March The Coves Estate Event completed Results
– Night Event
7 April Houghton Golf Club Enter Online Event Info
– Night Event
14 April Jackal Creek Enter Online Event Info
– Night Event
21 April Rand Park Golf Course Enter Online Event Info
Sunday 29 April Lowveld Botanical Gardens Enter Online soon Event Info
Sunday 6 May Heronbridge School (printed flyer says 5 May – 6th is correct)
– Night Event
19 May Woodmead

Detailed event information

Event information sheets are published about two weeks before each event. These give directions and parking information in addition to brief details about the terrain (grassy, paved, buildings, vegetation) and any special entry information. Please check the calendar above to download relevant event information sheets.

Pre-registration online

One of the most challenging aspects of organising orienteering events is knowing how many people are going to show up and how many are doing which course. We encourage you to pre-register before each event so that we can ensure that we have sufficient maps – this really aids our planning. All pre-entrants receive a discount on their entry fee. Enter the events at www.orienter.co.za.

Courses and distances

Each event offers four courses to cater for all ages and abilities.

  • Men’s course: perfect for men with some navigation experience; distance is 3-4km (winning time of <20 minutes)
  • Women’s course: perfect for women with some navigation experience; distance is 3-4km (winning time of <20 minutes)
  • Explorer: a 2km course with easy navigation, especially for newcomers. This fun course is not too challenging technically or physically.
  • Kiddies: this 400m course is for young children, accompanied by a parent. Using a map they’ll find cartoon characters and receive a lollipop at the end.


Participants are set off at intervals – not a mass start – and there’s no need to be up at the crack of dawn.

Times may vary for each event, but generally, these are the times for the morning events. We’ll update this for the night events:

  • Registration: from 08h30 to 09h00
  • Starts: from 09h00 to 10h00
  • Courses close / prize giving: 11h30

Please ensure that you register and start within these defined time periods.

Entry fees

Member of SAOF Club Pre-entry

Non-Member Pre-entry

Entry On The Day

Seniors (+21)




Juniors (<21)




Groups (max 4)




EMIT Hire* +R15
Extra Maps R10 per extra map

Pre-entries can be submitted online through www.orienter.co.za. Entry fees may differ slightly according to the setup at each event. Please check the event information sheets.

* EMIT is an electronic punching and timing system used at all events.


Prize giving takes place at about 11h30. Course winners receive prizes. Lucky draw follows. Additional prizes will be awarded to top ranked participants at the end of the Series.

Log rankings

Results are compiled from each event and participants are ranked.  Your best six (6) results from the ten(10) events count towards your final ranking. It’s good fun to see how you rank compared to other participants on your course – especially for the more competitive among us.


Alex from the Rand Orienteering Club  (ROC) – 078 344 8470.

Paul from the Rand Athletics Club Orienteers (RACO) – 082 550 7793

Peter from the Wits Orienteering Club (WITSOC) – 071 688 2533

Richard from O-Ventures – 082 521 0802

Or contact the planner for each event – there details will be on each event sheet.


What happens when I get there? Where do I go and what must I do?

Follow the signs to the registration tables. At registration pay the entry fee and receive your electronic timing card. Ask a friendly orienteer for an introduction – they love to discuss their sport. They will explain the maps and how to use the timing card. When you’re ready, walk to the start area where helpers there will show you what to do. You’ll only receive your course map at the start. Take your time – there’s definitely no rush. Work your way around the course, visiting the locations (we call them ‘controls’) in number order – #1, #2, #3… until you arrive at the finish.

You’re not going to be a superstar on your first outing – it takes a while to get used to concentrating on running/walking and reading a map and looking for controls (and trying to ignore other people on different courses). You’ll most definitely improve your skills and fitness with each event.

I’ve never read a map before. Can I still come along?

Of course! This is the best place to learn. And navigating is so much fun and the skills learned here can be applied to hiking and sports like adventure racing. We’ve got friendly people around who will show you the basics. The rest comes with practice and experience.

Is my child too young?

We don’t think that any age is too young. Moms and dads take part with babies in backpacks and the little ones quickly learn how to spot a control flag – it is quite incredible! Once they’re a bit bigger, todders do the kiddies courses accompanied by their folks. The very young ones don’t entirely get it but certainly from the time children are about 4yrs old, they can hold a map and turn it in the right direction to look for the control. Children can read maps before they can read sentences properly. Amazing! Children thrive on being outdoors and as they acquire navigation skills they develop confidence outdoors too.

All areas used for this Urban Series are fenced and safe. Even if your child is over 7yrs, definitely accompany them for their first few events. We then recommend ‘shadowing’ once they get the hang of it – this is where you follow a distance behind without interfering – and thereafter they can go off on their own.