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23 May

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


The Transkei Pondo Drifter Ultra Trail Run

The Pondo Drifter Trail Run will take you on an exploration of the Wild Coast in Transkei, South Africa. You will see 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 on cattle tracks above the cliffs with dramatic rocks and caves below and experience the culture of the Xhosa when running through the friendly villages along the way. This is an experience not to be missed.

Date: 23 May 2020

Venue: Cremorne Estate, Port St Johns, Pondoland, Transkei
Event Format: Solo


Same cancellation rules apply as stated below.

Pondo Drifter, included in the entry fee:
-Registration Dinner at Cremorne
-Meals along the way
-Dinner at Drifters Camp
-1 x night’s accommodation at the end at a Drifters Camp
-Breakfast on the 24th May at Drifters Camp
-Transport back to Cremorne by Taxi
-Medical backup
-Race Garment
-Support on route

Entry Fee:

R3 500.00

Extra night BB before and after at Cremorne Estate in Port St Johns: Between 400 and R900pp, please book on your own, see www.cremorne.co.za,

Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 1 May 2020 or until 20 entries, or 10 tents on deck have been reached, no late entries will be allowed.

Registration will be Monday 22 May at 18h00 at Cremorne Estate.

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


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 1 January 2020.
No refunds will be done from 2 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 2021.

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


This is a medium technical race. The route will not be marked. You can choose your own route, just keep the sea on your left shoulder. We employ guides to run with the different groups, depending on the speed of each group to show you the best route options. 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 at Mbotyi Lodge and in Drifter’s Lodge and 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 R3000 will apply unfortunately. You are responsible for your own sharing friend. Accommodation before and after the event we suggest Cremorne Estate, where you will be picked up and finish.  Please book accommodation directly with Cremorne Estate.



Friday, 22 May 2020
6pm: Registration at Cremorne
7pm: Race Briefing and Dinner at Cremorne

Saturday, 23 May 2020
4:30 am: Overnight Bags and goodie bags along the way to be handed in
5am: Start of the Inaugural Pondo Drifters Ultra
3pm: First athlete to be expected at Finish (10 hours)
7pm onwards: Dinner available at Drifters Camp

Sunday, 24 May 2020
8 am: Breakfast and prize giving at Drifters Camp
9 am: Taxi leaves for Cremorne Estate
12 pm: Good Byes


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May 23, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Cremorne Estate, Port St Johns
South Africa


CSM Sport & Recreation

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