Pondo Trail

Event Phone: 0827917069

  • Pondo Trail
    May 29, 2019 - June 2, 2019
    5:00 pm - 12:00 pm


Since the early migration of the Bantu tribes from the African interior into the South, their livestock have been navigating the paths of least resistance and carving the hillside trails to this day.  Particularly the Xhosa and Pondo tribes of the East Coast of South Africa. The incredibly rugged yet perfectly manicured paths along the wild Pondoland Coast pay testament to this.

Mainly due to the political rollercoaster that the Transkei has undergone, combined with the huge logistical challenges that this area faces, and with scant road infrastructure and river gorges that cut deep into the interior, the coastline has remained largely undiscovered. Only very few pioneers have ventured into this unexplored territory mostly through raw, self-supported missions.

Now, through a collaboration of Wild Coast specialists and some of Africa’s trail running leaders, Wild Child Africa and KZN Trail Running hereby present you with the Pondo Trail in an ULTRA and 3 DAY STAGE trail run format. The Ultra is 111km and will be run in a single stage, whereas the Coaster is 111km in legs of 42km, 36km and 33km.

Both formats are paired team events and all teams are to enter, run and finish together. No exceptions will be considered due to the technical nature of the trail and the numerous river crossing along the way. Choose wisely!

This unique coastline is too fragile to sustain high density tourism. Therefore, the Pondo Trail is an exclusive, high-end product with a low environmental impact that strives to educate the fortunate few who grace its shores. May they realise its inner beauty and endeavour to preserve its future.


Port Edward, Port St Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa


This venue traverses across a variety of different terrains that gives runners a unique experience. Navigate across beaches, river crossings, and grasslands teeming with antelope. Then track on through indigenous forests to reach the spectacular Mlambomkulu Falls and Cathedral Rock.


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