The River Mile

Event Information

This year is unfortunately very different for our 97th River Mile - we're appealing that ONLY the entrants attend the event and discourage friends and family from attending this year because of the Covid-19 regulations.

This year we will ONLY be hosting the historic Men's & Ladies Mile events and it will take place on the SATURDAY as follows;

Saturday 27th February 2021

  • 11h00   Gates open for check-in
  • 13h00   The Men's River Mile
  • 14h30   The Ladies River Mile

Only participants will be permitted into the Event Area and the following needs to be note.

  1. ALL Participants, Officials, Staff & Helpers are required to check-in on arrival using the FINISH TIME PASSPORT mobile application (details below).
  2. This year swimmers are required to provide and wear their OWN SWIM CAPS.
  3. Souvenir T-shirts are available to ALL ENTRANTS who register before 15th Feb 2021.
  4. If the event is CANCELLED prior to race weekend, a 90% entry refund or Zsports voucher will be offered. 
  5. A discounted R50 Sanparks levy for use of the river is included in your entry fee.



All those signing up for an event before the 15th February 2021 will receive a complimentary 2021 River Mile Souvenir T-shirt.



This event is for ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY - no late entries or entries on the day will be accepted. Online registration will officially close on Saturday 27th February at 11am - however, please note that the EFT payment option closes at midnight on Wednesday 24th February to ensure payment clears in time.

We encourage all participants to check-in on race day at least ONE HOUR before your event to allow sufficient time for your walk to the start.


Both Mile swim events are swum WITH incoming tide - Medals for all finishers. 

SWIM A MILE FOR A SMILE - Please support our race initiative to give back to those in need and support the Smile Foundation by following this donation link.



Being tidal, exact times are deemed irrelevant so time is not taken as you cross the finish line. Whilst times will be provided in results, these are not reflective of when swimmers cross the finish line but when they come past the timing station towards the end of the finish shute.


Refund Policy

When entering a sports event, you accept that all entry fees are non-refundable - you are making a non-refundable purchasing decision and must agree to this policy. You may not give or sell your number to another individual outside of the authorized transfer policy and process - if you do, this will result in disqualification and banishment from this event. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, illness, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions. Once you register, unrecoverable race course services and items are paid for for you as if you will be attending the event.

THE EXCEPTION THIS YEAR is that if the event is CANCELLED/POSTPONED due to Covid-19 restrictions at such time (announced PRIOR to race weekend), then we will be offering a 90% refund on your entry fee.

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel the event due to events out of our control such as a natural disaster or emergency. No refunds will be issued under these circumstances. We may also alter the courses and distances at any time if required due to course blockages or other restrictions or impediments. There will be no fee refunds for a postponed or canceled event. 

Festival Sponsors aQuellé (white) Oracle Media Dynamic Express Services

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

Event Sponsors Blu Smooth ZBrands Oracle Media
Sanctioned By Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics

PLEASE NOTE: Zsports EFT Banking details have CHANGED! Please see your EFT confirmation letter for new payment details.