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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 our way back after the run 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 North is a 4 day/3 nights fully catered event in the Northern Transkei from Port St Johns to Mskaba from 30 April to 2 June where you will run 72km over 4 days in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape.


The Transkei Pondo Drifter North 4 day Trail Run

Due to the popularity of this event we have 2 Pondo runs, north and south both 4 days, The entry only includes 3 nights accommodation along the way. The North event runs from Port St Johns north to Mskaba where you will stay in En Suite Tents on deck the 1st night, the 2nd night at a River Lodge and the last night at the Drifter Lodge the last night. The last day will only be 9km and it will be the easiest of all the days. All accommodation are en suite.

The Pondo Drifter Trail Run 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, the Cathedral Peak Rock standing out from the sea and shipwrecks at Grosnevor. Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, run (or walk fast) 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: 30 May to 2 June

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

Day 1:  27km from Cremorne to Manteku
Day 2:  10km from Manteku to Mbotyi River Lodge via Manteku
Day 3:  26km from Mbotyi to Drifters Lodge
Day 4: 9km from Drifters Lodge to Msikaba

Payment Plan available: Pay 50% when entering online and the other 50% anytime before 01 February 2019. No refund of the deposit will be done.

Same cancellation rules apply as stated below.

Pondo Drifter, included in the entry fee:


3 nights accommodation: Manteku, Mbotyi River Lodge, Drifters Lodge.
All Meals from Breakfast on the 26th to Light Lunch the 29th April
Transport back from Msikaba to Cremorne Estate after lunch.
Transport of gear
Event Apparel
Water tables
Medical Standby


Accommodation and meals at Cremorne Estate. Because we start at Cremorne Estase at 8 am on the 26th March with a breakfast and events briefing, we advise you to please book the night before and after at Cremorne on www.cremorne.co.za

Entry Fees:

Sharing Option: R7200 per person sharing, all accommodation are en suite bathroom,

Single room and chalets option: R10 200, we are limited with only 10 tents and therefore the single option are more expensive. If you do not have a friend to share already, please choose single option, you can always get a friend later, but if you choose single and do not have a friend sharing by the time of the event we will have to charge you the extra R3000 unfortunately. Sorry, we cannot look for a friend for you to share. It is your responsibility. 

Extra night BB before and after at Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns: Between R300 and R1200 pp depending on what you choose, various options available from camping to luxury rooms. Book when you enter via our entry form option.

Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 1 May 2020 or until 20 entries, no late entries will be allowed. Registration will be Sunday evening, 24th May at 7pm at Cremorne. The next day you will leave your car at Cremorne Estate, just outside Port St Johns. We advise people to stay over the night before at Cremorne Estate. Please book soon as possible. No vehicles or guests allowed on route unless you drive it yourself and are not running

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 janine.swart@csm.com


Entries have closed. For further information contact janine.swart@csm.com
Entries for 2020 open 1 July 2019

Cancellation Policy

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

50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 31 December 2019.
No refunds will be done from 1 January 2020.


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 2020

Contact Janine to finalise this: janine.swart@csm.com



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. Just keep the sea on your  right shoulder. We will have guides running with you to show you the best routes. The route is mostly on cattle tracks. There is enough water on the route, but we will have a waterpoint on route each day.

Ntafufu to CremorneManteku to Ntafufu

Mbotyi to Manteku

Lupithana to Mbotyi

Lupithana to Mskaba



Accommodation is included in your rate at Mbotyi River Lodge, Drifters lodge and in Drifter’s Adventure tented chalets which are on poles with 2 beds and a shower and toilet, sleeps 2 people, 2 single beds, also at Mbotyi River Lodge in a En Suite room, and Drifter Lodge which is a en suite round chalets. If you want to stay single, a supplement of R3000 will apply unfortunately. Accommodation before and after the event we suggest Cremorne Estate, where you will be starting. Book via our entry form



7pm: Meet at Cremorne, meals at Cremorne for your own expense


8am: Start with Breakfast and a Briefing at Cremorne, Port St Johns, leave your car here
9:00 Run to Manteku Adventure Camp – 27 km
2pm Lunch at Manteku
6pm: Dinner and Manteku


7am: Breakfast
8am: Run start, Day 2, run from Manteku to Mbotyi – 10 km 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.
1pm:  Lunch at Mbotyi
6pm: Dinner at Mbotyi River Lodge


7am: Breakfast
8am: Race start, Day 3, run from Mbotyi to Drifter Lodge –  26 km
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.
Experience the Thunder Cliffs and Top hat at Lupitana
6pm: Dinner at Drifters Lodge, Grosvenor


7:00 Breakfast
Run from Drifter River Lodge to Mskaba, 9 km
11:00, Taxis will take us back to Cremorne Estate where you have left your car and we say goodbyes or stay another night with us at Cremorne Estate


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


Media involved in this race:

  • Do It Now
  • Runners World

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May 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am
June 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Drifter Adventure Camps
Pondoland, Transkei


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