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27 Apr
Pondo Drifter

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 1st overnight Camp 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
Pondo Drifter Trail Run is a 4 day/4 nights fully catered event in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba towards Port St Johns from 27th April to 1st of May 2017 where you will run 72km over 3 days, with 1 rest day in between, in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape. We added a rest day after day 2 due to the popularity of the one camp Manteku.


The Transkei Pondo Drifter 3 day Trail Run (with 1 rest day)

The Pondo Drifter Adventure Hike Holiday Program will take you on an exploration of the Wild Coast in Transkei, South Africa. 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. Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, walk 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: 27th April to 1 May 2017

Venue: Drifters Adventure Camps, Pondoland, Transkei
Event Format: Solo or Pairs as long as you are Ok to share with somebody else

Day 1:18km, Day 2:26km, Day 3: Rest Day and Enjoy the beauty of the camp, paddle up the river and just relax & Day 4:27km

Payment Plan available: Pay 50% when entering online and the other 50% anytime before 25 February 2017. No refund of the deposit will be done.

Same cancellation rules apply as stated below.

Pondo Drifter, included in the entry fee:
– Seeing 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea
– Seeing Cathedral rock and many other amazing sights
– 3 days of unforgettable trail running along the wild coast
– Running on cliff paths and secluded beaches
– Local guides to accompany you
– A water table every day on route and a water table at the finish
– Safe parking at Port St Johns
– Transport from Port St Johns to the start
– Sightseeing of the awesome Cape Vulture colony (more than 100 birds) on the way to Msikaba
– Accommodation for 4 nights in luxury tents on deck with en suite bathroom
– 3 meals per day
– Transport of your gear to finishing venue each day
– Linen and towels for each day
– Ready prepared bed and Chalet each day
– Sundowner snacks each day
–  Proper Goodie Bag with Technical garment
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Generosity and great atmosphere of Drifters Camp

Entry Fees:

Sharing Option: R7900 per person sharing luxury tent on deck with own en suite bathroom

Single option: Own luxury tents on deck: R10 900, we are limited with only 20 tents and therefore the single option are more expensive

Extra night BB on the 26th April at Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns: R750pp
Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 1 April 2017, no late entries will be allowed. Registration will be Thursday, 27 May 2017 at 5pm at Msikaba or when all of you arrived with the Drifters vehicle. No private cars allowed at Msikaba, you must leave your car at Port St Johns. No vehicles or guests allowed on route.

Highlights of the trip:

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
Friendly people
This is an experience not to be missed….

Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the race. 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 (factor 50)
  • Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
  • First aid kit

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during the race as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.
For all information contact Janine on admin@trisport.co.za



Cancelation Policy

Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:

20% of the entry fee will be retained for admin costs, the balance refunded if written notice is received before 8 February 2017.
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 8 March 2017.
25% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 8 April to 18 April 2017.
0% will be refunded after 18 April 2017, if a goody bag is applicable it will still be available the athlete


Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.

Contact Janine to finalise this: admin@trisport.co.za

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We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together.  We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service.  It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.

Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.

The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:

  • You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
  • If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
  • If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
  • Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
  • More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
  • With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za.  You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details.  You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed.  We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.



This is a medium technical race. The route will not be marked. You can choose your own route, but there will be a few compulsory checkpoints, where you will need to get stamped. You will run with a map, but it is not necessary to be able to read a compass, just keep the sea on your left shoulder and run from checkpoint to checkpoint where there will be marshals. The route is mostly on cattle tracks. There is enough water on the route, but we will have a waterpoint on route each day.


Accommodation is included in your rate in Drifter’s Adventure tented chalets which are on poles with bedding, towels, shower and toilet, sleeps 2 people, 2 single beds. If you want to stay single, a supplement of R4000 will apply unfortunately




12pm: Pick up at Cremorne, Port St Johns, leave your car here
2pm: Watching the amazing Cape Vulture Colony of more than 100 birds looking down into the valley. Breathtaking views of the Msikaba Gorge can be seen when walking through the grassland above the river, close to Msikaba.
5pm:Registration at Msikaba
6pm: Dinner and Race briefing at Msikaba


7am: Breakfast
8am: Race start, Day 1, run from Msikaba to Lupitana (18km) Running along the cliff coastline. Through the hidden private white sandy beaches. Come and find adventure around every corner and see amazing sights on this South African coastline. Experience the Thunder Cliffs and Top hat at Lupitana
1pm: Light lunch at Luputhana, and walk to the Top Hat watching the crashing waves
6pm: Dinner


7am: Breakfast
8am: Race start, Day 2, run from Lupithana to Manteku (26km) See the 2 of 7 breathtaking waterfalls that fall directly into the ocean. See the Cathedral Rock and run on cattle tracks on top of the cliffs with the sea far below you. Cross various small streams and pass beautiful big swimming pools where you can cool off.
1pm: Light lunch at Manteku and paddle up the river, swim in the river or sea or just enjoy the view
6pm: Slide show of last 2 days and dinner


Rest day, just Chill and take in the amazing beauty that surrounds you or paddle up the river or swim in the sea or fish


7am: Breakfast
8am: Race start, Day 3, run from Manteku to Port St Johns (27km) The magnificent coastline continues as you follow the cattle trails over the rolling grasslands and cliffs. Enjoy the last magnificent day of the Pondo Drifter
2pm: Light lunch at your own expense and Good Byes


Having partners is always a must when doing an event so thank you to our sponsors:

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Media involved in this race:

  • Do It Now
  • Runners World

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April 27 @ 8:00 am
May 1 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Drifter Adventure Camps
Pondoland, Transkei



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