Pondo 4-Day Trail Run

Information

The Pondo Drifter 4 day Trail run (5 nights) is fully catered TRAIL RUN in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba towards Port St Johns where you will run 74km over 4 days in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape.

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 run, relax and take in the beauty of Pondoland.

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

Cattle on the beach


Why you should do the Trail Run with Trisport:

  • We are proud to say that we have been doing tours, trail runs, hiking and MTB tours for more than 10 years, in Pondoland, Transkei;
  • On our tours, we stay at the most comfortable establishments possible;
  • On this tour, you will only stay 1 night in a tented chalet, the other 4 nights you will stay at 3-start lodges;
  • Our tours have a least 1 local qualified guide to run, hike or MTB with you; and
  • Our tours are hosted by Sonja and Hano Otto, or another Trisport members, to handle all your gear, massages, rooms, catering, etc.
DATE 20-25 April 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 falls directly into the sea;
  • Seeing Cathedral Rock and many other amazing sights;
  • 4 Days of unforgettable adventure along the Wild Coast;
  • 5 Nights accommodation;
  • All meals from arrival to departure;
  • Local Guides;
  • Safe parking at Port St Johns;
  • Transport from Port St Johns to Msikaba with a Taxi, to the start;
  • Sight seeing at the amazing Cape Vulture Colony (more than 100 birds) on the way to Msikaba;
  • Transport of your gear to overnight venues;
  • Daily sun-downer treats;
  • Medical and Emergency services; and
  • Generosity and great atmosphere.

Entry Excludes

  • Transport to and from Port St Johns, Transkei, Eastern Cape;
  • Guide tips;
  • Alcoholic Drinks;
  • Massage at Mbotyi River Lodge;
  • Optional 4 hour Ocean Safari the day after the run for R1200; and
  • Any other extras

Highlights

  • See the deepest Estuary in South Africa, Msikaba;
  • See 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea;
  • See the spectacular Cathedral Rock on route;
  • Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, walk on cattle tracks above the cliffs;
  • Experience the culture of the Xhosa when walking through the friendly villages along the way;
  • Vulture colonies of more than 100 Cape white back vultures;
  • Secluded Beaches with cattle;
  • Seas that crash against the cliffs;

Compulsory Gear

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

  • Cell phone;
  • Zip Loock 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
  • First aid kit.

Views on Pondodrifter trail run

Route

Day 1 Arrive at Cremorne Estate
Day 2
Msikaba to Lambazi (9km). This is a flat day with almost no elevation,
on cattle tracks and short beach sections.
Day 3Lambazi to Mbotyi (26km).
Leg 1 : Lambazi to Lupithana (9km). This section is flat with no elevation
and easy along cattle tracks and short beach sections.
Leg 2 : Lupithana to Mbotyi (17km). The first 4km is flat, the next 8km
has rolling hills, cliff paths, waterfalls, caves, swimming pools and the
last 4km is a flat beach section.
Day 4Mbotyi to Ntafufu via Manteku (18km)
Leg 1 : Mbotyi to Manteku (9km). Steep grassy hills with amazing
views, crossing a river with a boat or just walk through.
Leg 2 : Manteku to Ntafufu (9km). Steep grassy hills with amazing
views, crossing a river just before the overnight venue by boat or just
walk through.
Day 5
Ntafufu to Port St Johns (17km). One steep hill and thereafter rolling
hills with a flat 3km beach section at the end.
Views on Pondodrifter trail run

Programme

Thursday14:00Arrival at Cremorne Estate, Port St Johns
19:00Registration and Welcome
Friday08:00Drive to Msikaba by taxi – leave your vehicle at Cremorne Estate
Visit the Cape Vulture Colony on route
11:00Start the run at Msikaba
13:00Lunch at Lambazi Lodge
18:00Dinner at Lambazi Lodge
Saturday07:00Breakfast at Lambazi Lodge
08:00Run from Lambazi to Mbotyi, with packed lunch on route.
15:00onwards – arrive at Mbotyi
Massages (to be pre-booked)
18:00Dinner at Mbotyi
Sunday08:00Breakfast at Mbotyi
09:00Run from Mbotyi to Manteku
11:00Lunch at Manteku
12:00Run from Manteku to Ntafufu
14:00Arrive at Ntafufu Tented Chalets
18:00Dinner at Ntafufu
Monday07:00Breakfast at Ntafufu
08:00Run from Ntafufu to Port St Johns
12:00Lunch at Cremorne Estate
18:00Dinner at Cremorne Estate
Tuesday07:00Ocean Safari (4 hours) – Optional Extra to be pre-booked
08:00onwards. Breakfast and Goodbyes

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