What is the Simola Hillclimb?
The Simola Hillclimb is widely regarded as South Africa’s premier annual motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, delivering an unparalleled mix of high-adrenaline action in an accessible and enthralling format designed for the whole family.
First staged in 2009, the Simola Hillclimb has rapidly grown from humble beginnings to become the must-attend event of the year for spectators and many of the biggest names in motorsport. It also attracts high-profile celebrities, having hosted the likes of Hollywood star Sharlto Copley, Miss South Africa and Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, as well as several Springbok rugby players including captains Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi.
The event also has a Fan Fest element which takes place in central Knysna incorporating the scrutineering of the race cars, race car parade and exhibits and activities throughout the weekend.
The fourteenth edition of the Hillclimb takes place from 2 to 5 May 2024 in the beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna. Tickets can be purchased online, offering exceptional value for General Entry, Pit Access and Weekend Passes. Exclusive VIP Hospitality packages are also available.
Where is the Simola Hill?
The Simola Hill is on Old Cape Road which is the road to the Simola Golf and Country Estate in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.
From the N2 on the George/Western side of Knysna, follow signs up the Old Cape Road to get to the event.
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Parking is available in the Main Public Parking area which gives access via the Main Ticket Entrance into Gasoline Alley midway up the hill. The parking is on a grass field and not suitable for low vehicles.
After purchasing/redeeming your entry tickets, proceed via the bridge into Gasoline Alley (see Spectator map here).
**Should there be rain, we encourage passenger cars to make use of the shuttle service leaving from the Knysna Bowling Club, Trotter Street. The shuttles will run directly to the Main Ticket Entrance and Pit Ticket Entrance gates.
P1 : VIP PARKING
P1 : VIP Parking allows a ticket holder to park closer to the Pits in a field nearby. Please proceed into the Public Parking entrance on Old Cape Road and follow the signage to the Paddock Gate for P1 : VIP Parking and access pass collection which is located on the event grounds near the Public Parking area.
Please have your printed P1 VIP Parking tickets and any other tickets ready for scanning. You will be issued with a parking sticker which you need to attach to your car windscreen. Without this sticker, you will not have access into the P1 VIP Parking.
If you have General Entry tickets, the elderly and young children should be dropped off at the Pit Ticket Entrance before you return to the main public parking entry point as there is fair walk along a dirt road from the P1 VIP Parking to the Pit Ticket Entrance.
General Entry ticket holders will need to walk from the P1 VIP Parking to the Pit Ticket Entrance Gate to gain access to the event. If you have purchased a Pit Access upgrade, you will have access to the Pits via the back entrance.
We do have free PG Glass public shuttles transporting attendees between the main ticket and the pit ticket gates.
VIP Entry tickets will allow access directly into the Pit lane from the back entrance.
PLEASE NOTE: Please ensure that you have a printed QR code ticket or a copy of the QR code on your phone, in order to redeem your P1: VIP Parking Sticker from the Paddocks Ticket gate.
LE MANS VIP LOUNGE PARKING
The Le Mans VIP Lounge parking area is in the P1 VIP Parking area. You will receive one P1 VIP Parking sticker for every 2 Le Mans tickets. In case of rain, we advise that you catch the Shuttle that leaves from Knysna Bowling Club, Trotter Street, Knysna. The Shuttle (R30 per person return) will take you to the Pit Ticket Entrance, which is a short walk away from the Le Mans VIP Lounge facility.
What are the opening hours?
Gates open at 07h30am. Please note that Hospitality facilities will open at 07h45 on Friday and 08h30 on Saturday and Sunday.
Where is the Welcome Centre?
In 2024 , the Welcome Centre will be at the Knysna Bowling Club on the corner of Rawson Street and Hedge Street, Knysna.
What are the opening hours of the Welcome Centre?
Welcome Centre Opening Times
Thursday 2 May | 07h00 – 17h00
Friday 3 May | 07h00 – 18h00
Saturday 4 May | 07h00 – 15h00
Sunday 5 May | 07h00 – 12h00
What is the daily itinerary?
Cars will be on track from 08h30 to 15h00 (Friday), 09h00 to 17h00 (Saturday) and 16h00 (Sunday) with a one hour lunch break. Please see the event schedule here.
Where can I buy a Hillclimb Magazine with a programme?
Event programmes will be available at the gates for the 2024 event.
Is food and drink available?
Yes, there will be various food stalls available in the following areas:
- The general public area near the Pits;
- Turn 2 near the Grandstand;
- Gasoline Alley;
PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol can be brought into the event. Alcohol is available for purchase at the bars in the above mentioned areas. Please see the Event Rules here.
Can I bring chairs and umbrellas?
Yes. Please see the Event Rules here.
Is the event wheelchair friendly?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make the necessary arrangements for viewing from our designated wheelchair viewing area. Please note spectating in this area will be limited to 2 people per group.
Where do I view the action?
The action can be viewed all along the track. The most popular areas are:
- The area above the pits is generally accessible and spectators will be able to see the pit activity and the start line action;
- Turn 2 where you can see the car leave the start, negotiate corners 1 and 2 and then blast up the hill to their maximum speeds;
- Turn 3 (Bridge corner) at Gasoline Alley where you will see the cars enter at high speed, negotiate a tight left handed off-camber corner and then accelerate up the hill.
- The Esses, located near the top of the hill, between turns 4 and 5, The Esses offer you a birds-eye view of the cars emerging from under the bridge, powering up the second straight, before pitching into turn 4 and then disappearing around turn 5.
See the Spectator Viewing Guide page for further details.
Should I bring ear protection?
We recommended ear protection for all attendees and especially for kids. Hearing protection will be available free of charge at the entry gates free of charge.
Are there medical facilities?
We will have paramedics on site at both the Pits and Gasoline Alley.
Is there a dress code in the VIP Hospitality facility?
No – come dressed in what makes you comfortable!
However, for Classic Car Friday we are encouraging our guests to dress up in 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s outfits. Pick the era of your favourite car and dress up in support. Just choose any period for the fun of it.
For security reasons, dogs and drones are not allowed at the event. Please see the Event Rules here.
Where do I view the action online?
The action can be viewed via television and live stream. The live stream feed will be via our YouTube Channel.