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.
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
Catherine’s Pondo Drifter 4 day hike (5 nights) is fully catered hike in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba towards Port St Johns where you will hike 72km over 4 days in an unspoiled area of the Eastern Cape.
Info and Cost
This hike is from Mskaba to Port St Johns. The hike 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 and the Cathedral Peak Rock standing out from the sea and many more. Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, hike 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: 25 to 30 March 2022
Venue: Pondoland, Transkei
Cost: R9500 sharing or R11500 single
– Seeing 2 of the 7 waterfalls in the world that fall directly into the sea
– Seeing Cathedral rock and many other amazing sights
– 4 days of unforgettable hiking along the wild coast
– 5 nights accommodation and meals
– Hiking on cliff paths and secluded beaches
– Local guides
– Safe parking at Port St Johns
– Transport from Port St Johns to Mskaba to the start by Taxi
– Sightseeing of the awesome Cape Vulture colony (more than 100 birds) on the way to Msikaba
– Accommodation for 5 nights in either a lodge or tented chalet with en suite bathroom
– 3 meals per day
– Transport of your gear to finishing venue each day
– Sundowner snacks each day
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Generosity and great atmosphere
Getting to Port St Johns, Transkei, Eastern Cape
Massage at Mbotyi
Optional boat trip at R750 pp
Any other extras
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 hike. 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
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Day 1 : Msikaba to Lambazi: 9km
This is a flat day with almost no elevation on cattle tracks and short beach sections
Day 2: 25km Lambazi to Mbotyi
Leg 1: 9km – Lambazi to Lupithana
This section is flat with no elevation and easy along cattle tracks and short beach sections
Leg 2: 16 km: Lupithana to Mbotyi: 16km
This first 4km is flat, the next 8 km has rolling hills, the last 4 km is a flat beach section.
Day 3: 18km Mbotyi to Ntafufu via Manteku
Today you have an option to be transported from Mbotyi to Manteku if you only want to do the last 9km from Manteku to Ntafufu
Leg 1: Mbotyi to Manteku: 9km – Steeper hills with amazing views (This day there is an optional transport by boat from Mbotyi to Manteku where you will be able to see the waterfalls from the sea as well)
Leg 2: 9km – Manteku to Ntafufu (Steeper hills with amazing views)
Day 4: 14km – Ntafufu to Port St Johns
1 steep hill and thereafter rolling hills with a flat 3km beach section at the end.
Friday: 25 March
2pm onwards: Check in at Spotted Grunter, Port St Johns
7pm: Meet at the bar at Spotted Grunter for a welcoming drink
8 am: Drive to Msikaba by Taxi, leave your car at Spotted Grunter
On the way: 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.
11am: Start at Msikaba
1pm: Lunch at Lambazi Lodge
6pm: Dinner at Lambazi Lodge
This day there is an Option to be transported from Lambazi to Lupithana if you only want to do the last 16 km from Lupithana to Mbotyi. The last 16km have the waterfalls sights that are crashing directly into the sea and not to be missed
8 am: Hike from Lambazi Lodge to Mbotyi (25km) Hike 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. See the 2 of 7 breathtaking waterfalls that fall directly into the ocean. See the Cathedral Rock and hike 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.
Packed Lunch on the way
3 pm onwards: Arrive at Mbotyi
3pm onwards: Massages
There is an Optional transport from Mbotyi by boat to Manteku if you only want to do the last 9 km. (Cost for transport by boat R750pp), but you will have the added advantage to be able to see the waterfalls from the sea as well if you choose this option
8 am: Breakfast
9 am: Hike from Mbotyi to Manteku (9km) and then from Manteku to Ntafufu (9km)
Packed lunch on the way
2pm onwards: arrive at Ntafufu Tented Chalets
7 am: Breakfast
8 am: Hike from Ntafufu to Port St Johns (14km) 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 the finish. Transported to Spotted Grunter
6pm: Dinner at Spotted Grunter, Port St Johns
8:00 onwards Breakfast and Good Byes