Eco-friendly Accommodation Mdumbi – Eastern Cape; Transkei, Wild Coast Coastal, Eco Lodge, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly, Self-catering, Weddings & Events.

From R325 per person sharing *Seasonal

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Swell Eco Lodge is off the beaten track in Mdumbi, located within the untouched beauty of the Transkei. Set amid rolling hills of Mngcibe, north of the winding Mdumbi River, overlooking white beaches and azure Indian Ocean, this eco lodge is an ideal location to discover the splendour of the true Wild Coast.

The lodge is made up of self-catering traditional Rondavels which blend seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The interiors are modern, have a tranquil atmosphere with a splash of creativity.

When visiting Swell Eco Lodge one can expect an unforgettable Wild Coast experience filled with relaxation, inspiring ocean views, jumping whales, roaming cattle and a fascinating glimpse into rural Transkei life.


Swell Eco Lodge - Eco-friendly Accommodation Mdumbi

Swell Eco Lodge offers exclusive Transkei Wild Coast accommodation with traditional Xhosa exteriors and stylish modern interiors. The lodge offers 6 self-catering Rondavels, ideal for couples, groups and families.

The Luxury Honeymoon/Family unit (sea facing) is absolutely beautiful, stylish and luxurious. The unit consists of a spacious upstairs loft bedroom, with king size bed (or 2 twin beds) and spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding landscape. The downstairs consists of a spacious open-plan, fully-equipped kitchen (with a side by side electric Fridge/Freezer and gas oven/stove) with French doors leading onto a private deck; a second bedroom (king sized bed / 2 single beds) and a shared bathroom with a double shower. There is also a double sleeper couch and a Webber which can be used to cook on the deck.

The 3 Transkei Duplex Units each consists of 2 en-suite bedrooms (king or twin beds and sleeper couch) that are rented separately and share the open-plan living and kitchen area. The kitchen is fully-equipped and has a gas oven/stove, electric chest freezer and fridge. These sea facing units have remarkable ocean views with large decks and their own braai area.

The 2 Garden View Rondavels are our original structures and feature spacious open-plan interiors consisting of a king sized bed (or 2 single beds) and en-suite bathroom that opens onto a garden area. Their large detached, fully-equipped kitchen (gas oven/stove, electric chest freezer and fridge) features a picture perfect sea view and a large living area which is shared between these two units. There is also a Webber braai available for outside use.

Catering offered on request:
Breakfast: R90 / person
Lunch: R90 / person
Dinner: R150 – R200 / person (2 or 3 course)

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Surfing just to the North of Mdumbi Point

Surfing just to the North of Mdumbi Point

Swell Eco Lodge is the perfect place to kick back and indulge in serious relaxation. We also have many activities to make your holiday a Transkei adventure. Activities include surf lessons and surfboard hire, fishing, horse riding and kayaking. The surrounding area is great for hiking, day walks, day outings and terrific mountain biking (please bring your own bike). There are loads of activities to entertain the kids. We can also arrange delicious lunches and picnics to create a special occasion.

Swell Eco Lodge Yoga Retreat: 31 May – 4 June 2018

Escape to the Wild Coast for a Vinyasa and Yin: Restorative Yoga Retreat like no other! The 2 experienced Yoga coaches,Tash, from The Mindful Movement, and Cami, from Yogi BearsZA, will be hosting this once in a lifetime yoga retreat. Both women have years of experience in practicing the art of Yoga and mindfulness, and can help you achieve an inner peace you may be seeking, through their soulful approach based on personal experiences. – See the Facebook event for more details.


Green Cleaning
Responsible Body Products
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Eco Architecture
Community Upliftment

Swell Eco Lodge recycle all glass, paper, cardboard, plastic, tin and cans. We also up-cycle as much as we can by turning old wood, tins, glass jars and other materials into useful handmade items that you will see in different areas of our lodge.

We use eco-friendly cleaning products from EcoSmart. These products are environmentally friendly, proudly manufactured in South Africa and are fully endorsed by the credible Wildlife & Environmental Society of SA (WESSA).

We provide our guests with environmentally friendly, 100% biodegradable body products supplied by Guest Soapies; they are also phosphorus and cruelty-free.

We have established a small organic veggie garden and are building a chicken run for a fresh egg supply.

Our borehole situated at the bottom of our land, and water-collection tanks provide us with most of our water requirements. Our gardens are a never ending project, but we only plant indigenous plants which we water using our stored rain water. We also aim to conserve water consumption in various way like duel flush systems and we ask our guests to be conscious of their water use.

Our traditional Rondavel structures were built over a 12 month period, during which time we employed many local workers and used local materials. Although the Rondavels have a modern twist, their exterior blends in harmoniously with the community and its surroundings.

We love our community and are very blessed to have such wonderful people accepting us into their lives. We therefore love being able to give back! We employ 8 local members of the community at our lodge and we help create small businesses. We have sponsored a local spaza shop in the area and all our cushions in the lodge are made by local ladies and sold in our shop along with other local bead-work. We have many community projects in the pipeline such as a community garden, continuing to help our local school, supplying the community with water and continuing to grow the community with workshops such as bead making.

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Opening Hours















Check in: 14:00 ; Check out: 10:00


Our Address:

Mdumbi, Transkei, Eastern Cape