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23 Apr

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 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 our way back after the hike 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 4 day hike is a fully catered slack packing hike in the Northern Transkei from Port St Johns to Mskaba where you will hike 66km over 4 days in an unspoiled area, Pondoland, in the Transkei, Eastern Cape.

Info and Cost

Pondo Drifter 4 day Hike  is a 4 day 5 nights fully catered slack packing hike in the Northern Transkei from Port St Johns north towards Mskaba.

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The Transkei Pondo Drifter 4 day slack packing hike

The Hike start from Mskaba to Port St Johns where you will stay 1 night in en-suite Tented Chalet, 1 night at Mbotyi  River Lodge at Lambazi Lodge. All accommodation are en-suite.

The Pondo Drifter 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, the Cathedral Rock standing out from the sea and shipwrecks at Grosnevor. Experience the birth place of Nelson Mandela, hiking on cattle tracks above the cliffs with dramatic rocks and caves below and experience the culture of the friendly Pondo people when walking through the friendly villages along the way. This is an experience not to be missed.

Date: 23 to 28 April 2022

Venue: Ntafufu Tented Camp,  Mbotyi River Lodge, Lambazi Lodge, Spotted Grunter, Pondoland, Transkei
Accommodation option: Single or Sharing

Cost and Fees
Sharing Option: R9900 per person sharing, all accommodation are en suite bathroom,
Single room and Single Tented chalets: R11 900,

We are limited with only 11 rooms and or chalets 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 R2000 unfortunately. Sorry, we cannot look for a friend for you to share. It is your responsibility. 

Payment Plan available: Pay 50% when entering online and the other 50% before 01 MARCH 2021. No refund of the deposit will be done.

Same cancellation rules apply as stated below.

Pondo Drifter, included in the entry fee:

Include:

– 5 nights accommodation with en-suite bathroom
– 4 days hiking
– All Meals from dinner  to breakfast on last day
– Transport back from Msikaba back to Port St Johns
– Event Apparel
– Local Guides
– Organising by Trisport
– Safe parking at Port St Johns
– Sightseeing of the awesome Cape Vulture colony (more than 100 birds) on the way to Msikaba
– 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

Exclude: .
Tips to the guides
Getting to Port St Johns
Drinks
Massage at Mbotyi Lodge
Boat trip option R750 pp
Any extras

Distances:
Day 1: 9km Msikaba Tented camp to Lambazi Lodge
Day 2: 25km Lambazi Lodge to Mbotyi lodge
Day 3: 18km Mbotyi to Ntafufu Tented Chalets
Day 4: 14km Ntafufu to Port St Johns

Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close until 20 entries are reached, no late entries will be allowed.

You will leave your car at Port St Johns. Please do not drive at night in Transkei, it is incredibly dangerous with the cattle and dogs on the road.

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 Sonja : sonja@trisport.co.za

Enter/Register


Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be made if we have to cancel due to COVID 19. We will transfer your entry fees paid to the next year if we are not allow to continue with the event due to unforeseen circumstances including Covid 19.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER ANY INJURIES, ILLNESS OR CANCELLATIONS FOR ANY REASONS SUCH AS AN PANDEMIC, TERRORISM, FORCE MAJEUR.

Transfers

Hikers 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.

Contact Sonja to finalise this: sonja@trisport.co.za

Route

The route will not be marked. Just keep the sea on your  right shoulder. We will have guides hiking with you to show you the best routes. The route is mostly on cattle tracks. There is enough water on the route.

Day 1: 9km Msikaba Tented camp to Lambazi Lodge
Day 2: 25km Lambazi Lodge to Mbotyi lodge
Day 3: 18km Mbotyi to Ntafufu Tented Chalets
Day 4:14km Ntafufu to Port St Johns

FULL ROUTE: 66km

Accommodation

Accommodation is included:

Mbotyi River Lodge,

Lambazi lodge

Ntafufu camp Tented Chalet

Inside of the En-Suite Tented Chalets

 

If you want to stay single, a supplement of R2000 will apply.

Accommodation before and after the event we suggest Spotted Grunter, where you will be starting and finish

Schedule

Schedule:

23 Apr
7pm: Meet at Spotted Grunter Bar bar for a welcome drink and to meet the rest of the group,

24 Apr – 9km

8:00: Breakfast
9: 00 Transport to Msikaba to start via the Vulture Colony9:00 Hike to Lambazi Lodge
1pm Lunch at Lambazi
6pm: Dinner at Lambazi

25 Apr – 25km

8:00 Hike from Lambazi to Mbotyi
See the 2 of 7 breath taking waterfalls that fall directly into the ocean. See the Cathedral Rock and walk 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
1pm Lunch on the way
3pm: Arrive at Mbotyi
6pm: Dinner and Mbotyi

26 Apr – 18km

7am: Breakfast
8am: Hike from Mbotyi to Ntafufu Tented Chalets via Manteku
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 on the way
6pm: Dinner at Natafufu

27 Apr: 14km

8am: Breakfast
9am: Hike from Ntafufu to Port St Johns
2pm: Arrive at Port St Johns
6pm: Dinner at Spotted Grunter

28 Apr

7am Breakfast and Good Byes

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 Port St Johns after 3pm. It take about 5 hours back to East London and 6 hours back to Durban

Details

Start:
April 23, 2022
End:
April 29, 2022
Event Category:

Organizer

TriSport
Phone:
0825797595
Email:
sonja@trisport.co.za
Website:
trisport.co.za

Contact Info

 

Phone:    +27 (0) 82 579 7595
Email:     sonja@trisport.co.za
Postal Address:
Po Box 1232
Greatbrak River
6525

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