The aQuellé River Mile

Event Information

Bring the family and come and join in the fun and excitement of 99th River Mile - a festival of sporting activities taking place at Sunday's River.

Spectators entry into the FESTIVAL AREA will be R30 per person (participants entry fee included in their race entry).

Click ENTER NOW button above for a list of events and entry fees.



Friday 31st December

will each receive a

complimentary Event T-Shirt
(limited one per person).





(in Festival Area)

is available at just R50

(see Merchandising at the end of your entry page).

2023 Events Program

Saturday 18th February 2023

  • 07h30   Gates open
  • 08h00   Local community inter-schools program
  • 09h00   5km Family Fun Run
  • 10h00   Prize giving for the Run
  • 14h00   Wetsuit Mile
  • 14h00   Disabled Mile
  • 14h00   Family Half-Mile Swim
  • 15h00   LIVE MUSIC
  • 15h15   Prize Giving for Swim Events
  • 15h45    LIVE MUSIC

Sunday 19th February 2023

  • 08h00   Gates open
  • 11h00   Kids Across the River Race (6u)
  • 11h15   Kids Across the River Race (8u)
  • 11h30   Kids Across the River Race (10u)
  • 11h45   Kids Across the River Race (12u)
  • 12h15   Prize-giving for Kids Races
  • 13h30   The aQuellé Men's River Mile
  • 14h30   The aQuellé Ladies River Mile
  • 15h30   LIVE MUSIC
  • 15h45   Prize giving for The Mile events
  • 16h15   LIVE MUSIC 

Festival Entry fee (R30) is included in your race entry fee if event wrist band worn on arrival.


All those signing up for an event before the 31st December 2022 will each receive a complimentary River Mile T-shirt.

RESTRICTED to one t-shirt per person (irrespective of the number of events being registered for).



Normal Entry online registration will officially close at midnight on Sunday 12th February - Late entries may be accepted during the last week subject to a late entry penalty of R100 whilst any entries received on the day of the event will carry a late manual entry penalty fee of R150.

We encourage all participants to pre-register in order to avoid the late entry charges.



Our prize for the swimming club with the most entries will be R7,500 paid into the club's bank account post event.

To be eligible for the prize, the club must have more than 30 members entered into any of the events on offer and club members must register ONLINE and ensure their swim club name is correctly indicated on the participants website Profile. 

Irrespective of the event(s) you register for - each entry for which a registered club member reports for entry will count towards the school total. 



All swim events swum with incoming tide - Medal for all finishers (45min time limit for Mile). 



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.



Please advise so that we can assist you on the day with reserved parking. Disabled swimmers may ONLY take part in the Disabled Mile swim and will be ferried to the start of the race by boat.



These races are ONLY for children 12 years and under who are NOT DOING the Mile. A fun swim across the river (30-50m). Kids who aren't able to swim unassisted MUST be assisted by a self-appointed parent/adult. Kids may use floating devices but with such aides may not be placed in the top 3 positions and claim any podium prizes. The Children are ferried across the river to the start by the Sunday's River Ferry (parents / guardians are required to swim across).

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