Eco-friendly Accommodation Mngcibe – Eastern Cape; Wild Coast | Backpackers, Camping, Coastal, Family-friendly, Self-catering.

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Freedom O` Clock Backpackers Retreat is located in a small rural Pondo village named Mngcibe, situated near the mouth of the incredibly beautiful Mdumbi River in a remote and primitive region of the Wild Coast.

The incredible views and access to the beach and river makes this an ideal laid back place to visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who don’t mind roughing it a bit in this unspoilt rural and remote area.

Discovering the safe, secluded, pristine beaches, river estuaries, rare mangrove swamps and other Wild Coast treasures make the 2 hour trip from the main road well worth it. Coffee Bay is just a 45 minute drive away and there is a very scenic 3 hour hike between Coffee Bay and Mdumbi.


Freedom O` Clock offers rustic, simple, clean and comfortable holiday and backpacking accommodation with incredible views over rolling green hills, the river, the ocean and Tshani point with its perfect right hander and beach breaks. The accommodation can be catered or self-catering.

Fourteen guests can be accommodated indoors. Accommodation consists of the following:

  • Double Room (double bed – sleeps 2)
  • Family Room 1 (double bed and double bunk – sleeps 4)
  • Family Room 2 (double bed and 1 single bed – sleeps 3)
  • Family Rondavel (double bed and 3 single beds – sleeps 5)

All rooms have sliding doors that lead out to a communal deck, garden and braai area.

The separate self-catering communal kitchen which makes for social evenings is equipped with a fridge/freezer, additional freezer, gas stove and the usual kitchen goodies, as well as a dining table and seating for 10-12 people.


Up to 12 guests can be accommodated on 3 camping sites in this pristine rural setting (fenced within the property). Camping is “freestyle” and is not your usual demarcated resort camp spot. Camp spots are geared towards campers who are self-sufficient and enjoy the WILD side of camping.

There are 2 spots close to the main house where campers with a small tent can camp. Generally the kitchen, fridge and freezer facilities are not available to campers. Please make provision for this. There are communal ablutions with “Rocket Showers” (paraffin hot water geysers) and flush toilets and a communal fire pit. Please bring along your own firewood or charcoal.

Please note that there is no electricity at the camping sites and you will need a 4×4 should you want your vehicle parked at your tent (vehicles can be parked at the main house).

As Freedom O` Clock mainly rely on natural resources for water and energy there are important things to note; please check it out here as well as some tips on what to bring.

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Freedom O Clock

There are many adventures to be had at Freedom O` Clock for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Explore the beach and river, go swimming, fishing, hiking, horse riding or bird watching. With world class right hand points surfing is a must, lesson are also available. Guests can discover local culture and learn how to weave grass mats, bake Xhosa pot bread or let their kids herd cattle with the local children. There are also many incredible nearby attractions.


Local & Organic
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Land Rehabilitation
Community Upliftment

The owners of Freedom O` Clock share a great love for nature and the ocean; therefore they strive to tread lightly, share their knowledge and this beautiful place with others.

All organic waste is composted and fed back to the garden. They grow some organic salads and vegetables which are served to guests who opt for catering, as well as supporting locals by purchasing their seasonal vegetables.

All water at Freedom O` Clock for drinking, showering and cleaning is harvested rain water which is stored in rain tanks. Grey water from the showers and sinks is lead out to water the trees in the indigenous garden. To further conserve this precious resource there are only showers, no water guzzling baths.

Freedom O` Clock is totally off the grid, all the energy is provided by the African sun through solar powered batteries for lights and charging of electronic devices; the fridge, freezer and stove all run on gas and the showers are “rocket showers” (paraffin heated – only takes 30 seconds to heat up).

A reforestation project that aims to reestablish an indigenous forest from both their and a neighbors land to connect to the existing forest has been established. An area has been fenced off so animals can’t access the young trees. Trees which the animals don’t eat such as Mzimbeet’s, Coral Trees, Yellow Woods and Beach Woods have been planted. Indigenous trees were purchased from a local nursery in Port St Johns and Zithulele near Hole in the Wall, planted and cared for. They also informally educate the local folk on the importance of the existing forests in an effort to protect them from being hacked and cleared for agricultural purposes.

The owners of Freedom O` Clock, together with some local community members, have formed a non-profit organisation called iCebo (A plan) to assist with various community needs.  A pre-school was set up in 2013, but sadly has not been running for the past year due to lack of funding and qualified teachers.  A dream is to set up a Community library / media centre that can serve as a youth centre for after school educational assistance and activities and possibly as an adult education centre in the future.

They are also aiming to set up workshops for:

  • Environmental education
  • Agricultural projects and assistance for farmers
  • Skills development workshops and training
  • Develop a “Tool Bank” where tools can be borrowed with a returnable deposit as there is a desperate need for tools and garden/farming equipment.
  • Create a “Clothes Bank” where the entire community will have access to clothes when needed.

If you would like to get involved or make a donation please get in touch with them: /

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Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 11:00