Pondo-Pedal – A Wild Coast Ride from Port Edward to Mtentu

A few weeks ago we joined our friends from Active Escapes for a ride along the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast is an incredible 300km stretch of virtually pristine coastline from Port Edward to East London. I usually guide their Wild Ride mountain bike tour in the Wild Coast which runs from Kei Mouth to Port St John’s, a 200km ride of sheer fun and fatigue. However I had never visited this northern part of the coast.

Mtentu River Lodge was finally reopened again 7 months ago. Only 25km by foot from Port Edward it makes for a perfect and much-needed overnight stop on any hike or cycle along this part of the Wild Coast.

Active Escapes has now launched their new 3-day mountain bike escape, a return cycle trip from Port Edward to Mtentu with 2 overnights at Mtentu River Lodge and a full day at Mtentu which gives you time to, for example, to explore the magnificent Mkambati reserve and the spectacular Strandloper and Horse Shoe Falls, a 10km return hike.

If you are interested in this cycle tour please contact Sarah Drew at [email protected], cell: 084 240 7277, phone:033 330 6131.

The start of our ride from Wild Coast Sun Resort in Port Edward

 

Mzamba River mouth – The only river crossing along the way is right at the beginning.

 

Pushing our way out of the river valley

 

Sometimes it’s better to carry your bike over your shoulders

 

The Mzamba River mouth

 

Still pushing up the from valley

 

And finally on the bikes!

 

You have to be an skilled mountain biker to ride in this part of the world

 

Vaughan leading the group, with Sarah and Bridget at the rear.

 

Vaughan leading the group, with Sarah and Bridget at the rear.

 

Up again on a rocky and grassy slope

 

Everybody with their heads down focused on the trail

 

Finally on a welcomed open road

 

Beautiful rolling rural landscape

 

Arriving in Mnyameni Falls

 

Karen refreshing in the Mnyameni River.

 

The Mnyameni Falls

 

Paul Colvin has been riding his bike for many years.

 

Into signle track again

 

Bridget competently keeping his bike in the narrow lane

 

Mtentu Estuary

 

Mtentu River Lodge where we stayed for 2 nights

 

The second day we went for a walk to the Strandloper Falls in the Mkambati River

 

The big pool is completely hidden from the main path

 

Mkambati River Mouth

 

Going back to Mtentu River Lodge

 

Crossing the Mtentu River

 

Renee and Bridget enjoying the ride, while Dave is hard at work

 

Vaughan, volunteering as a ferryman

 

The Mtentu River mouth – The Mtentu River Lodge is right on the oposite shore

 

The setting of the Mtentu River Lodge is just spectacular

 

Threatening clouds hovering over the Mtentu River Lodge

Carlos Gonzalez

Life has been good since his arrival in South Africa. It was September 2005 and he fell in love with the country straightaway. Places like the Drakensberg, Wild Coast and the Midlands provide all the inspiration he needs. After the taste of freedom, working in an office again was out of the question. He has since qualified as a nature and mountain guide, and as his friends joke, embarked on a serious love affair... with the Drakensberg, where he spends most weekends.
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