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 May to 2 June where you will run 72km over 4 days in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape.
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 2020
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 2020. 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 Lunch on the 30 May to Breakfast on the 2nd June
Transport back from Msikaba to Cremorne Estate after lunch.
Transport of gear
Accommodation and meals at Cremorne Estate. Because we start at Cremorne Estase at 8 am on the 30 May with a breakfast and events briefing, we advise you to please book the night before and after at Cremorne on www.cremorne.co.za
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 R400 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,29 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
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
- Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
- Emergency food
- 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 Sonja : firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries are FULL, please contact Sonja on email@example.com if you want to put on a waiting list. There are still availability for the south trail run. See the website for more info. It starts on the 26th to 29th May 2020. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Sonja to finalise this: email@example.com
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.
Day 1 Cremorne to Manteku
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
Friday, 29 May 2020
7pm: Meet at Cremorne bar for a welcome drink and to meet the rest of the group, meals at Cremorne for your own expense
Saturday 30 May 2020
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
Sunday 31 May 2020
8am: 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
Monday 1 June 2020
8am: 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
Tuesday 2 June 2020
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
12 pm: Watch the Cape Vulture colony
2 pm: Arrive back at Cremorne Estate
PLEASE NOTE: It is dangerous driving after dark in Transkei due to no fences and animals walking around in the road. Please do not try and drive back from Cremorne Estate after 3pm. It take about 5 hours back to East London and 6 hours back to Durban