Our adventure starts in Port Edward at 08h00 if you choose the ocean safari transfer, or at Mtentu at 10h30 if you would rather travel by road. The day then offers incredible diversity in a mostly forgotten wilderness through the Mkambathi Nature Reserve; grass plains with a large range of antelope, a picnic lunch beneath a crystal-clear waterfall and finishing with sundowners overlooking the Msikaba estuary. Overnight at Msikaba Beach Camp. Distance +- 15km.
Optional – A boat transfer from Port Edward to Mtentu not only misses out a long and bumpy dirt road but allows for a phenomenal ocean safari to view dolphins, whales and the sardine migration in season. Highly recommended!
An early wakeup will coax you out of bed for a sunrise paddle up the Msikaba estuary for coffee and rusks before returning for breakfast at camp. The trail continues South from Msikaba to Luphatana past the site of the famous Grosvenor shipwreck, conveniently situated besides a protected beach, perfect for a lunchbreak and siesta. Champagne Mile and the famous Wild Coast salt-water-shower marks the end of the day’s walk and bring us to the Luphatana Pondo Camp where we will rest our heads for the night. Distance +- 18km.
This day is a mighty one! Filled with majestic landmarks and breath-taking viewpoints, Waterfall Bluff, Bessie’s Cave and Cathedral Rock are only a few of the highlights that can be looked forward to. The day offers numerous opportunities to harvest seafood along the way that will add flavour to our lunch-time braai at our secret pool. Overnight at either Mbotyi River Lodge or a private beach cottage. Distance +- 19km.
As in every good story, we save the best for last. The short stretch from Mbotyi to Manteku is the epitome of this beautiful coastline; five secluded, beautiful, pristine, Milkwood framed beaches that have no road access but that are linked by secret cattle paths only. A cheeky last climb presents the perfect viewpoint over a fairy-tale finish line; Manteku’s private beach and estuary. Spend the afternoon paddling and fishing in the Manteku estuary before a celebratory seafood feast having successfully conquered the mighty Pondo Trail. Overnight at Manteku Pondo Camp. Distance +- 10km.
Enjoy breakfast at leisure and return home sporting the glorious “Pondo Glow”