4-Day SLACKPACK HIKE

Slackpacking is a new way of hiking the wonderful terrains of the world! In simpler terms, Slack-Packing is an assisted way of hiking where you have a host who carries the burden of your equipment, takes care of your possessions and set up your overnight camps for you.

We will transport your bags to our remote venues, organise all the meals and make sure there is nice cold beers at the venue each day while you just hike, relax and take in the beauty of Pondoland.

See the Cape Vulture Colony at Msikaba, 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea, Waves crashing against the rocks and the Cathedral Peak Rock standing out from the sea.

Pondo 4 day hike (5 nights) is fully catered hike in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba towards Port St Johns where you will hike 65km over 4 days in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape

The untamed Transkei is located in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa and lies just outside of East London. It is an almost forgotten part of the country that seems to function at its own pace and without modern day influences. Many tourists and locals visit the Transkei as it provides a unique experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the country.
One of the sites on the way to the start is the Cape Vulture Colony just above Msikaba. Despite the extent of subsistence farmland in Africa, little is known about endangered species that persist within them. The Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is regionally endangered in southern Africa and at least 20% of the population breeds in the subsistence farmland area previously known as the Transkei in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa

Hiking on the cattle tracks

Information

This hike is from Mskaba to Port St Johns. The hike will take you on an exploration of the Wild Coast in Transkei, South Africa. You will see the Cape Vulture Colony at Msikaba, 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea, Waves crashing against the rocks and the Cathedral Peak Rock standing out from the sea and many more. Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, hike on cattle tracks above the cliffs with dramatic rocks and caves below and experience the culture of the Xhosa when walking through the friendly villages along the way. This is an experience not to be missed.

DATE 25 -30 Apr 2023
VENUEPondoland, Transkei
COSTR9,900.00 sharing accommodation
R11,900.00 single accommodation
ENTRIESLimited to 20 entries

Entry Includes

  • Seeing 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea
  • Seeing Cathedral rock and many other amazing sights
  • 4 days of unforgettable hiking along the wild coast
  • 5 nights accommodation and meals
  • Hiking on cliff paths and secluded beaches
  • Local guides
  • Safe parking at Port St Johns
  • Transport from Port St Johns to Mskaba to the start by Taxi
  • Sightseeing of the awesome Cape Vulture colony (more than 100 birds) on the way to Msikaba
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in either a lodge or tented chalet  with en suite bathroom
  • 3 meals per day
  • Transport of your gear to finishing venue each day
  • Sundowner snacks each day
  • Medical and emergency services on standby
  • Generosity and great atmosphere

Entry Excludes

  • Transport to and from Port St Johns, Transkei, Eastern Cape
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Massage at Mbotyi River Lodge
  • Any other extras

Compulsory Gear

As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the hike. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:

  • Cell phone;
  • Zip Lock bag to keep phone dry;
  • Space blanket;
  • Backpack;
  • Long Thermal base layer (pants and top);
  • Whistle;
  • Hat;
  • Emergency food;
  • Headlamp;
  • Water bottles;
  • Sunscreen (SPF50);
  • Outer shell jacket (waterproof); and
  • Small first aid kit.
Typical scene on the hike, cattle on the beach

Route Information

Day 1Arrive at Port St Johns – Spotted Grunter
Day 29kmMsikaba to Lambazi.
Flat with no elevation, on cattle tracks and short beach sections.
Day 326kmLambazi to Mbotyi.
Leg 1 – 9km. Flat with little elevation
Leg 2 – 16km. 4km flat, 8km rolling hills and cliff paths,
followed by beach section.
Day 418kmMbotyi to Ntafufu
Leg 1 – 9km. Steep grassy hills with amazing views and river crossing.
Leg 2 – 9km. Steep grassy hills with amazing views and one river crossing.
Day 513kmNtafufu to Port St Johns
One steep hill, followed by rolling hills and 4km flat beach section.

Programme

Tuesday14:00Arrival at Port St Johns, checkin to Spotted Grunter
19:00Welcom and Dinner
Wednesday08:00Drive to Msikaba by taxi, leave your car at Spotted Grunter
Cape Vulture Colony visit on route
11:00Start hike at Msikaba
13:00Lunch at Lambazi Lodge
18:00Dinner at Lambazi Lodge
Thursday07:00Breakfast at Lambazi Lodge
08:00Hike from Lambazi Lodge to Mbotyi
11:00Lunch on route (packed lunch)
15:00Arrive at Mbotyi
15:00onwards Massages (to be pre-booked)
18:00Dinner at Mbotyi
Friday08:00Breakfast at Mbotyi
09:00Hike from Mbotyi to Ntafufu via Manteku
11:00Lunch on route (packed lunch)
14:00Arrive at Ntafufu Tented Chalets
18:00Dinner at Ntafufu
Saturday07:00Breakfast
08:00Hike from Ntafufu to Port St Johns
12:00Transport to Spotted Grunter
13:00Light lunch at Spotted Grunter
18:00Dinner at Spotted Grunter
Sunday07:00Ocean Safari Tour (optional extra – please pre-book)
08:00Breakfast and Good Byes

Ocean Safari Tour (optional extra)

Experience the thrill of a launch through the waves out of the Umzimvubu River Mouth into the Indian Ocean. Experience the magnificent sights and views the ocean has to offer. Ocean trips range from 2 hours to full day and includes trips to Brazen head or Waterfall Bluff.

R6,000.00 per person (2 Days/ 2 Nights)

During May/June/July you will have the chance to see the Sardine run

The Sardine Run is an annual phenomenon dubbed the Greatest Shoal on Earth by the BBC. Large shoals of these little silver fish, more commonly known as the Natal Sardine, move eastwards, up the Wild Coast on the East Coast of South Africa.


We are proud to say that we have been doing tours, trail run, hiking and Mountain bike tours for more than 10 years in Pondoland, Transkei. On our tours we stay at the most comfortable places possible on the tour, you will only stay 1 night  in a Tented Chalets, the other 4 nights you will stay at 3 star lodges. Our tours have at least 1 local qualified guide to run, hike or mountain bike with you. Our tours are hosted by Sonja and Hano or another Trisport member to sort out all your gear, massages, rooms, meals etc