Eco-friendly Accommodation Zithulele – Eastern Cape; Wild Coast | BackpackersCampingCoastalPet-friendlySelf-catering

From R150-R200 per person per night

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Wild Lubanzi Backpackers is situated in a little Xhosa Village in the middle of nowhere on the Wild Coast. Nestled on a hill overlooking the beach, the backpackers is surrounded by local village huts, people, livestock, laughter and the enchanting hum of Xhosa village life.

With stunning, unspoiled sea views from all the lovingly hand crafted rooms, guests can enjoy the sunrise straight over the bay, the easy beach access, and a laid back, relaxed atmosphere.

Wild Lubanzi is a place for the young-at-heart, dreamers and adventurers! There are several gorgeous beaches within walking distance, and the famous Hole in the Wall is only a 1 hour hike away.

Self-catering guests can make use of the communal kitchen, or enjoy home-cooked dinners with organic vegetables from the garden, sumptuous breakfasts with freshly baked bread still hot from the oven with filter coffee, and free lunches for all weary travellers. Food menu.

Eco-friendly Accommodation Zithulele - Wild Lubanzi Backpackers - Wild Coast

View from Tent

The two spacious Safari Tent Double Rooms are both on a raised wooden deck, overlooking the beach and the ocean – ideal to view the perfect sunrise over the bay. The safari tents have access to nearby toilet and shower facilities in the main house.

The Rondavel Dorm can sleep 8 people (no bunk beds) and has shared toilet and shower facilities. The dorm has a funky driftwood staircase and amazing sea views. For those on a budget, you may bring your own sleeping bag and book a dorm bed without bedding for a discounted rate.

The Homestay Accommodation option includes a dorm, one family cottage and two double rooms.

Camping enthusiasts can bring their tents and find a flat space anywhere on the property.

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Rural as may be, Wild Lubanzi Backpackers do have Free Wi-Fi/Internet so you can keep in touch with the world out there.

At the main level of the main house is a big chill out deck with sea view, inviting you to relax in a hammock or hang out with friends.

The self-catering kitchen is in the lower level of the main house, built into the hill, with fantastic sea views. The kitchen has a guest fridge and freezer, a gas stove with oven, and all the pots, pans, plates and cutlery that you will need.

There is no bar but they have a fridge stocked with cold beers, ciders and soft drinks. There is also a small selection of wines in the kitchen and gin & tonic and other beverages can be found at times. Other than that you may wander the village in search of the infamous shebeen.

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There are no organised activities but there is plenty to do; explore the mermaids cave, take a sunset cruise, dig in and plant some trees, dolphin and whale watching, hiking, beach walks and much more.


Local & Organic
Water Wise Practices
Sustainable Energy Acumen
Eco Architecture
Community Upliftment

Wild Lubanzi Backpackers doesn’t just recycle, they reuse! Glass bottles are collected and used as building material as is plastic and tin. Paper and cardboard are used in the garden and organic vegetable waste is composted.

They have their own organic vegetable garden which provides fresh, healthy ingredients for the delicious meals served at the backpackers. The garden produce is mainly supplemented by a local wholesale shop that sources their fresh produce locally whenever possible.

With an active drive to reduce water consumption and waste, Wild Lubanzi harvests rain water, uses reduce flow shower heads and stores all shower water in a tank which flushes the toilets. The grey and black water gets collected in another tank which will in time be connected to a green machine so that all water can be recycled.

The Backpackers is totally off the grid. All the energy efficient appliances, lighting, laptops and mobiles are powered up by solar with a backup generator for those cloudy and rainy days.

The previous backpackers had to be demolished so all of the material like timber, bricks, pipes and plumbing has been reused in the construction of the new buildings; as has reused/recycled materials like glass bottles, plastic bottles and tin cans – earthship style!

Wild Lubanzi strives to live in harmony with nature and to protect it. They engage in various activities to do so, from helping protect local fresh water springs to planting hundreds of indigenous trees all around their property.

They work closely with the community and gladly help wherever they can like they did when they assisted in the building of the local preschool. The Backpackers is 50% community owned, and the staff are all directors of the company.

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Check in: 09:00-17:00 ; Check out: 06:00-14:00. Wild Lubanzi often have bad cellphone signal. If you can't get hold of them, please send a text message or what's app, or send an email and they will get back to you as soon as your message is received.

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Free Wi-Fi/Internet