Pondo Explore & Hopper Hike
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Like the idea of this hike, but prefer someone else to do the catering…why not consider our ‘slackpacking’ packages! Venture where only a fortunate few have passed. The northern Pondoland section of the Wild Coast, undoubtedly the least accessible, dramatically rugged and breathtakingly pristine section of the Wild Coast.
PONDO EXPLORE & HOPPER HIKE
3 or 5 Night Self-Catered Hiking Trail – Northern Wild Coast
The northern Pondoland section of the Wild Coast stretches from Mtamvuna River in the north (Port Edward) to the mighty Umzimvubu in the south (Port St John’s) and is arguably the most rugged and breathtakingly pristine section of Wild Coast.
On the self-catered Pondo-Explorer Trail, you will overnight in East African style tented camps, all in unsurpassed locations. Each tented camp sleeps up to 24 persons in 12 twin bedded units with their own ensuite bathroom and hot water shower. There is a central dining and kitchen boma which is well equipped for self-catering so you need only worry about your food on this self-catered trail. Porters can easily be arranged if you don’t feel like the schlep of carrying a heavy backpack. The third night of the trail is spent at Mbotyi River Lodge (with dinner & breakfast inclusive) – a welcome bit of pampering along the trail.
We offer a 3 or 5 night hiking package, both starting from Msikaba and either finishing at Mbotyi (3 Night Trail) or in Port St John’s (the 5 Night trail). Highlights of this trail include the deepest estuary in South Africa (Msikaba), the ocean spray spectacular at Luphuthana, waterfalls which plunge directly into the ocean (including the 80 metre high waterfall at Waterfall Bluff), Cathedral Rock, friendly Pondo villages and sweeping vistas. During the annual sardine run (June-July), the ocean is a-frenzy with game fish, dolphins, sharks and myriad seabirds.
This is a fully supported & catered trail. Daily luggage transfers are provided from camp to camp so you need only hike with a light daypack. All bedding is supplied. A hiking guide can be pre-booked for all or just some of the hike days. Guides need to be paid directly: R180/guide/per day.