Self Drive: 4 nights 3 days
This spectacular trail is for the nature lover, birding enthusiast and those with an adventurous streak. The terrain is spectacular but fairly strenuous. This trail includes rugged cliff tops, indigenous forests, towering waterfalls and an insight into the lives of the Pondo people. Enjoy four separate day hikes with a trained local guide from your central base at Mbotyi River Lodge which is magnificently set on the coast.
For guests arriving the day before can assist finding great accommodation
Self drive to the resort. ( Transfers can be arranged from East London, Mthatha or Durban, please inquire ) After registration, enjoy a sun-downer on the deck and absorb the splendid ambiance of Mbotyi. Social, dinner and over-night. For self-drive, maps and itinerary will be provided.
Day 2 13km
Ilityyelentaka (the rock of the bird)
This walk takes hikers south along the coast for about 6 km returning on a circular route with magnificent views. You will come across remote Pondo villages, where you will meet the family of your guide, amongst others. The views are spectacular and small remote beaches offer an opportunity for a quick dip in the Indian Ocean.
Day 3 22km
The walk is in a northerly direction, it takes hikers across beautiful unspoiled beaches and up an escarpment. One walks along the cliff tops with magnificent views. There should be frequent sightings of whale and dolphins. The walk brings you to a waterfall that cascades into the sea. Crossing the Mhlankulu River a little inland affords hikers an opportunity for swimming in a pristine river pool. The trail is long, however the spectacular scenery is a rich reward. An early start is recommended. In the late afternoon the sight of Mbotyi River Lodge and a cold beer will be a welcome sight.
Day 4 14km
The trail winds up a valley away from the coast, through a section of natural forest before climbing up a fairly steep hill, Down in the next valley you will reach a magnificent 80 meter waterfall, with an inviting pool for a swim. This day again offers magical views and an insight into the daily lives of the families living in these remote hills. This is a truly wilderness walk with plenty of bird life , and majestic indigenous trees. The trail of about 15 km is not easy and can be substituted for either a horse trail ( additional cost ) or a beach picnic.
Day 5 14km
Depart the resort.
This trail is best during the months, April October. During our summer months it is very hot.
This package includes:
– Accommodation & full board for four nights.
– Trained guides for the hikes.
– Bed levies and vat.
Wild Coast Pondo Walk Optional extras:
One of the hikes can be substituted for a horse trail. Game vehicle is also available for guided excursions + picnic outing available.
Fly in packages can be arranged from East London or Margate. Pax will fly directly to Magwa air strip where they will be collected.
It is a wilderness area, the trail is remote and medical insurance must be included.