4E5: 4-night Pondo Trail: 16-20 May 2024

4-night Pondo Trail with your own hand-picked group of guests.

Price (SA residents):

  • R250 000 base rate
  • Additional 21 – 24pax @ R12500pp
  • Kids – R1800 discount pp

Payment terms:

  • R20 000 holding deposit to reserve slot
  • 50% deposit (R125 000) due 6 weeks thereafter
  • Balance of payment due 45 days prior to departure date

Includes:
Guided 4-night adventure, accommodation and bedding, all meals, vehicle support, transport of luggage to overnight stops, snacks, refreshments, G&T, local beer and wine, kayaks.

Excludes:
Transfers, drinks at Mbotyi River Lodge and additional specially requested items.

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May 16 - 20 2024
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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1

Our adventure starts in Port Edward if you choose the ocean safari transfer, or at Mtentu 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! 

Day 2

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 beside 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 rustic Luphatana Beach Camp where we will rest our heads for the night. Distance +- 18km. 

Day 3

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. Overnight at Mbotyi River Lodge. Distance +- 19km.

Day 4

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; boasting five secluded, Milkwood framed beaches, linked only by secret cattle paths. Manteku’s private beach and estuary offers the perfect end to your life-changing journey. Distance +- 10km.

DAY 5
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and return home sporting the glorious “Pondo Glow”

Day 4

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; boasting five secluded, Milkwood framed beaches, linked only by secret cattle paths. Manteku’s private beach and estuary offers the perfect end to your life-changing journey. Distance +- 10km.

Day 5

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and return home sporting the glorious “Pondo Glow”