The Camps

The Camp


We provide first-class coaching to athletes of all levels – showing support in a friendly training environment. Our camp accommodates athletes training for IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3, Olympic distance events, etc. 

Gerhard and his group will educate you on how to excel in the competitive sport of triathlon. Make dramatic improvements in your training by learning from one of the best coaches in South Africa. Our superb level of customer service and professionalism guarantees that you will enjoy every minute of your time with us.

We also provide training grounds for cycling/running specific athletes, however the training might be done separately from the triathletes. 


Our camp takes place in beautiful Golden Gate, which is located in the Eastern Free State – near the Lesotho border. With its mountains and breathtaking views, Golden Gate has captivated tourists for decades. Dinosaurs once roamed the Golden Gate region, but now it is home to wildebeest, eland, springbok, and zebra.

This up-in-coming training spot has even attracted international professional athletes. The 1840m (6040 feet) high altitude setting makes it an ideal location for endurance athletes looking to enhance their performance.


Our technique balances core and flexibility exercises, race planning, nutritious meals, personal coaching advice, injury prevention, and recovery. Our proven strategy can boost fitness and endurance levels. At an altitude of almost 2000m (6560 feet) – you will experience maximum training on amazing routes, which soar above that altitude, nearing 2800m (9229 feet). DBT focuses extensively on each triathlon sport - thoroughly covering all disciplines.

During camp, we videotape and evaluate each athlete's swim stroke, and we give advice on running and cycling performances.

The cycling focal point will be on technique, pack-riding proficiency, and time trial position.We will give information on physiology, nutrition, bicycle set-up, and pacing strategies.

Additionally, Gerhard and his experts will hold seminar and Q&A sessions where you will learn about race day preparations, training plans, pre and post day nutrition, and the importance of keeping a positive mental outlook. 
Our mission is to transform you into a smarter, better-equipped athlete.

The number of camp participants will be limited to guarantee that everyone gets the utmost possible attention from Gerhard and his team. At DBT, we urge everyone to have fun! We ensure our athletes are surrounded in a laid-back setting that promotes an exciting, and social atmosphere.


Healthy Environment



DBT Triathlon Training Camp delivers a hospitable setting that assists in the 3 R's: rest, relaxation, and recovery.

Wilgenhof Hostel serves as our camp host accommodation and is within easy access to our training venues. The hostel provides one of the few lodgings available within Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

The hostel provides one of the few lodgings available within Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Guests are accommodated in shared dormitories, and can enjoy a comfy lounge, multiple bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and amenities including on-site laundry and free parking.

While staying at Wilgenhof Hostel with the other triathletes is a fun experience, we understand some may prefer a more private environment. For this reason, we give you the option of choosing another accommodation – especially if you desire a single occupancy or double occupancy. However, a lodging other than Wilgenhof Hostel will not be included in the quoted price package.

Other Accomodation
    • Glen Reenen Rest Camp
    • Highlands Mountain Retreat
    • Golden Gate Hotel
    • Kiara Lodge
    • Bergwoning Guest Farm

Check out South African National Park's for more accommodation information.


Food plays a paramount role at DBT. Our dietary programme is assembled around healthy nutrition, consistency, and balance. Our camp chef obtains local ingredients to ensure that the menu remains nourishing and fresh. We teach our athletes the importance of good nutrition and how it can improve their athletic abilities. We provide wholesome meals with an emphasis on fresh vegetables, fruit, high quality carbohydrates, and lean protein.

DBT supplies two daily full-board meals (lunch and dinner) – with the exception of one lunch meal, which gives the athletes an opportunity to dine in a local restaurant of their choice in the nearby village of Clarens. We cater for our athlete's dietary needs, so please provide us with any special food requirements or requests in advance.

Our chef can accommodate vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, nut allergy on demand. If we are unable to supply your dietary request, we will inform you prior to your arrival. You are also welcome to bring some of your favourite snack items.


Our Package

Our DBT Triathlon Training Camp package provides a comprehensive support and training system.

If there are any additional or specific needs, please contact us and we will try and assist you.

  • Personal coaching from world-class pro triathlete Gerhard de Bruin
  • Accommodation
  • Guided rides on some of the most beautiful roads in the world
  • (2) Meals per day by our resident chef
  • Freshly ground coffee, tea, hot chocolate, milk, 100% juice, and ionised water for the week
  • Vehicle support on all bicycle rides
  • Bike mechanic support
  • Open water swimming in a trophy trout dam
  • Ice baths for post bike and run sessions in the beautiful Maluti River
  • Seminars and Q&A sessions with Gerhard de Bruin and his team
  • Professional massage therapy treatments
  • Secure bike storage
  • Outdoor camp fires and hammock relaxation
  • Superior altitude training for lung capacity growth
  • Flights
  • Other accommodation outside of Wilgenhof Hostel
  • Travel and/or bicycle insurance
  • Bicycle hires
  • Special dietary requirements (additional charges apply)
  • Breakfasts
  • Laundry services
  • Airport transfers

Open Policy

Our doors are open to triathlon clubs from all over the world.

Please contact us for special group rates and reasons for bringing your group to DBT Triathlon Training Camp.


A non-refundable deposit of R2500.00 is payable to secure your spot on the camp.

Full fees are only determined close to the upcoming camp date, for more information please contact us. 


Terms And Conditions

If we cancel a camp session for any reason, we will happily refund you the full amount of your camp fee. However, we cannot be held responsible for your flight expenses or any other travel arrangements incurred


If you wish to cancel your placement at one of our camp sessions, DBT Triathlon Training Camp must obtain a written confirmation from the individual who paid the fee.

Full payment (except for a non-refundable fee of R2,500.00) will be refunded back to you up to 15 days prior to the first day of the camp session. No refund is available for withdrawals after 15 days prior to the start of camp.

For more information – please email


Here are some pictures of our training sessions at DBT Training Camp. The training sessions take place over a 5-8 day period.

The level of coaching technique and application is of a world class standard.

We give each athlete a full and comprehensive assessment on each day's performance. The individual assessments will measure progress and improve your performance.

  • Swimming Session in the Dam

  • Strength and Conditioning Class

  • Preparation for Swim

  • Cycling climb in Golden Gate

Join us at our next DBT Camp

Realise your true Tri-Athlete potential with DBT's expertise training. Let us help you make it happen!

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