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Slackpacking is minimalist hiking where you only need to carry what you need for the day's hike. A small backpack or hydration pack is all you need with enough space for 2 litres (Winter) and 3 litres (Summer) of hydration for the longer days. You need to have enough space in your pack for your trail lunch.

Your main luggage bag is moved between our overnight stays by vehicle back up support. This bag can be of any type or shape but please keep the size down to a medium size, roughly 60 to 70 litres. Laundry services are available at Vonnies @ R50 a load so you can get some items cleaned on day 3.

The accommodation availability is limited in the Pondo Wild Coast area. We strongly believe in supporting the Pondo community and try to use local hospitality where we can. The accommodation is simple and is a mix of guest cottages, wooden cabins, tented camps, chalets and a homestay (Wild Walk only) on your final night.

We do our best to cater for most needs, but please bear in mind catering in the Wild Coast is very challenging. We provide breakfast, a hiking lunch and snack pack as well as dinner each day. Should you wish for extra snacks or luxury items, please bring them along. You will need to provide your own lunch for the transfer to the start of the hike on day 1.

All accommodation has Eskom supply except for the homestay & Mtentu Lodge; electricity down here can be more intermittent than in the cities thanks to Eskom's great service. It is advisable to bring a Power Bank just in case you end up with a day of no electricity.

Call phone reception is intermittent on most days as getting closer to Port Edward the signal does become better. Please also note like anywhere else in South Africa power outages can affect signals. It is highly unlikely you will go more than 24hrs without signal but this can happen.

Winter offers a dryer,  less windy weather, with cooler temperatures. However, there is a great opportunity to view the whales and dolphins as well as the epic sardine run. Although we miss out on the gorge swim and walk in winter, we have the opportunity to view the Msikaba Vulture Colony as an afternoon activity. 
Summer offers very hot days with longer daylight hours, but there are plenty of opportunities to take more swims in the natural rock pools along the way. We will also be able to enjoy the amazing gorge walk and swim on Day 3. 
Some basic fitness is required as we do walk between 16km and 21km each day. There are a couple steep valleys which we climb, and we will walk for an average of 6-8 hours per day. Your guide will share many stories along the route about the Pondo people and their history as we stop to appreciate nature's little treasures. With regards to the Mountain bike tours – the level of fitness required for the Pondo ride is moderate (a tough 25 -30 km per day) and for the Wild Kei ride, a high level of fitness is required.
Once we begin the walk each day there is no access to the vehicle. We hike along the coastline, which is relatively untouched with very little vehicle access along the way.
We will run specific dates for family hikes with children under the age of 16. Please ensure you book on a family hike if you would like to bring your children. While there is no specific age limit, children must be fit and able to hike around 20km each day.

Absolutely! However, you may need to be flexible with your requested dates as this depends on the accommodation availability. We require a minimum of 14 people for your tour to remain a private group tour. We can also customise the tour to suit your needs.

Absolutely. Your medical aid details will need to be shared with us before the trip. Please ensure your medical aid covers you for any eventuality on the trip including helicopter evacuation.

Our guides have first aid level 3 training and are qualified to assist in an emergency. In the unlikely event of a serious emergency, we will call for helicopter evacuation. Please ensure your medical aid will cover heli-vac in an emergency situation.

Bring a poncho and a rain jacket and your positive pants! Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather and there may be times we will be required to hike/ride in the rain and wind; however, should the weather become dangerous (i.e., thunderstorms, floods) we will reassess the situation at the time and make a call. Our guest’s safety remains a top priority.

We suggest you check our booking terms and conditions for full information.

Yes, there is drinking water provided at each venue, but not always out the tap. Please check beforehand.

Bring enough to buy drinks (preferably from the local tavern) or if you would like to support the local community by buying a few curios along the way.

See our recommended gear packing list. The taverns do supply a range of local beer, however; if you would prefer spirits or wine, please bring this with.

Guiding fees, logistics/ seconder support for bags; accommodation; all meals & hiking snacks, bedding, all park permits and canoe transfer fees. 

Your own drinks as well as recreational activities at each venue i.e.: canoe hire.

Yes, we can assist with transfers from King Shaka International Airport and Johannesburg for both you and your bike. We also can assist with suggestions for suitable accommodation providers near the starting-point of each tour.