The River Mile

Africa's oldest open water swimming event

Hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay, The River Mile is an action packed family day out at the picturesque Cannonville on the Sunday's River and in 2019 will be celebrating it's 95th Anniversary.

Taking place on Sunday 17th Feb 2019 you can expect a wide variety of crafts, vendors, beer garden, Rotary Kids Zone and sporting events suitable for the entire familly on offer.

Entry into the secure festival area is just R20 (kids 10u free) whilst participants wearing their relevant race wrist bands get free entry.

Global Swim Series - Nelson Mandela Bay River MileThe River Mile is a part of the GLOBAL SWIM SERIESthe world’s largest open water swimming series! 

A collection of 150+ races from over 34 countries around the globe that have joined together to promote open water swimming and a healthy, active and adventurous lifestyle.

Over 100,000 swimmers participate in GSS races and compete against swimmers from around the world using our unique Global Ranking system that recognizes both speed and participation.

This will apply for online entrants only where the school name is correctly indicated on the participants website Profile. Appicable to teachers and scholars ONLY and the count will be across ALL EVENTS with High School and Primary School's considered as seperate entities.


Beer Garden

Bridge St Brewery - River MileThe River Mile Festival offers something for the WHOLE family.

You can expect to find great vendors, food stalls, crafters, exhibitors, displays, the Wimpy Rotary Kids Zone and the Bridge St Brewery Beer Garden for over 18's.

Plenty parking with attendants on site in this tranquil village just 30km outside Port Elizabeth.

See Festival Program for further information.


Vendors, Stall & Exhibitors

Have something exciting that you want to sell / showcase at the River MIle ? Here's your chance to capitalise from more than 3,000 people that are anticipated at the River Mile - Click here to download the application form. Limited space is available and will be allocated on application.


Rotary Kidzone

Zsports Wimpy Rotary Kids ZoneThe Rotary Club of PE Sunrise host a massive kids play area filled with inflatables. Entry into the Rotary Kids Zone is just R40 per day with the kids being supervised by members of the Rotary club and their helpers.

Tickets are available at the Kids Zone entrance with all proceeds going towards community projects managed by the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth Sunrise which meets every Friday morning between 7am and 8am at the Coco Jo's (Bloomingdale Centre, Main Road Walmer).


Event Information and Fees

For more specific information on the events and the entry fees see our Event Info Page.


Hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay this is Africa's oldest open water swimming event - established in 1924.

Event Sponsors Blu Smooth Nitro Park Family Entertainment Centre
Support Sponsors Oracle Media