From R165 per person *Dorms
Elundini Backpackers is located in a picturesque Xhosa village, high in the Amatola Mountains of the Eastern Cape, just 20 minutes from Hogsback. Created from the desire to show tourists the ‘other side’ of South Africa, this community orientated eco-friendly backpackers has it all; beautiful natural environment with breathtaking views, delicious food, warm atmosphere and incredible cultural experiences.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION ELUNDINI
Elundini Backpacker offers accommodation in rondavels that have been built in the traditional way with thatched roofs and mud and cow dung walls and floors which are warm in winter and cool in summer. There is 1 dormitory room, two double/ triple /4 sleeper bedrooms and camping facilities. Elundini Backpackers has communal self-catering facilities, but breakfast, lunch and dinners are served daily.
Please note that there is no electricity in the rondavels but solar lights are provided and there is a central plug point in the main building to charge cell phones, laptops, etc. They only use rain water as drinking water, but water bottles can be filled at the taps in the village if you prefer borehole water.
- Camping: R100 p/p
- Dorms: R165p/p
- Doubles: R385
- Triples: R550
- 4 Sleeper: R715
All activities offered by Elundini Backpackers are organised by the people from the local community through their 100% self-owned business. They will keep you entertained during your stay while you get to know more about Xhosa culture and get a sense of life in the Elundini community.
The best way to start your journey at Elundini is to go on the Village Tour with the local guide to discover what this little village has to offer.
If you love cooking, then Xhosa Bread Making is a great activity for you. In 2-3 hours you will learn all the secrets of Xhosa bread making, make your own dough, collect wood in the forest and learn how to bind it, and carry it on your head while your dough is rising. Then on the outdoor fire you will bake your own portion of rostirs (little breads baked on a grill over coals).
The Xhosa language is one of the most difficult in the world with its tongue twists and three different clicks. Learn to say some basic phrases like ‘How are you?’ and where you can find the local shop; Xhosa locals will be impressed.
Take a Xhosa Cultural Day Tour that starts Xhosa bread making; while the bread is rising Vuyani, the local tour guide, will take you on an exciting village tour. After that you will bake your bread and enjoy a homemade Xhosa lunch. In the afternoon you will be taken on the back of the bakkie for a drive through the Tyume Valley villages to visit the local clinic, the old age centre and a local artist. You will end your day with a cold beer in a shebeen (local pub). This experience contributes to greater inter cultural awareness and sensitivity.
There are wonderful hiking trails like the Viewpoint Stroll where an easy 1 hour walk takes you to an amazing view point where you can look out over all the surrounding villages. The Secret Waterfall Walk is a circular walk that takes 3 to 4 hours, the incline requires a bit of fitness. Take a picnic basket or a few beers along so you can relax at the waterfall and feel splash of the cool, fresh water. You can also do the 1 or 2-day Hike to Hogsback. Starting from Elundini Backpackers you will walk your way up to Hogsback through forests and rural villages. You will be collected by car in Hogsback or you can spend your night at Terra-Khaya Eco Backpackers and walk back the next day.
Mountain Biking in the fresh clean mountain air is exhilarating and safe with your easy-going guide and single track or country road trails.
Future Vision was started in 2014 by Lieve Claessen, the owner of Elundini Backpackers in Lushington, near Hogsback. After observing understaffed local schools, a staggering 60% unemployment rate and people struggling to survive she decided to set up Future Vision Volunteer Program with the intention of bringing international volunteers to provide much needed extra help in the community.
The mission of the volunteer program is to encourage individuals from around the world to travel to South Africa to learn about the people, culture and environment of the region through voluntary service. Read more about volunteering here.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Community Upliftment
Rain water is harvested from the roof and stored in tanks which supplies Elundini Backpackers with all its water requirements, inducing drinking water. The compost toilets don’t use any water, saving a tremendous amount of this precious resource.
Elundini makes use of renewable energy; the lighting is generated by solar panels and 3 solar geysers and an old fashioned ‘donkey’ system provide hot water.
All the rondavels are built in the traditional way with thatched roofs, and mud & cow-dung walls and floors. These methods are eco-friendly and create a temperature-controlled environment. Natural finishes such as wooden tiles, cane and natural stone found in the area are used in the main building. All traditional building materials are bought locally within a distance of 30 km, thereby supporting local and minimizing their carbon footprint.
Elundini Backpackers believe in giving back, uplifting and growing together with the local community. They started a Non-Profit Organisation called LEO (Learn to Earn to Own), the key objective is skills transfer and job creation. For more information visit their website. All activities offered are organised by the people from the local community through their 100% self-owned business. They are also in the process of becoming Fair Trade Accredited.