- From R115 per site per day (max 6 people) *Camping
- R125 per person *Morgan Bay Backpackers Retreat Dorm
- R275 per Doubles *Self-Catering
- R600 per day *Luxury self-catering Family Unit (sleeps 4-7)
- All rates are seasonal
Yellowwood Forest is situated on the bank of the Inchara River, only 1.5km from Morgan bay beach in the Eastern Cape. Surrounded by enormous trees and lush riverine vegetation, this riverside eco-spirited retreat offers an unconventional experience for travellers, nature lovers and family holidays with its 30 camp sites, Backpackers Retreat dorms, doubles, rustic self-catering cabins and luxury self-catering Cob Cottage.
The premises also features a gift shop, a licensed tea garden restaurant, pizzeria & bar, and a playground.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION MORGAN BAY
The Cob cottage is a unique, luxury self-catering, hand built “mud” house – an eco-friendly work of art that reflects the owners` love of glass, light and nature. The 2 bedroom cottage comfortably sleeps 4 people in 2 double rooms or 7 with the double bed sleeper couch in the lounge and a single upstairs. It’s great for entertaining outside with its deck and big circular stone fire-pit.
The Loft is a cosy thatched room above the gift shop with a double bed, little deck and a bird’s eye view of the trees, ideal for a getaway where cooking is not part of the plan.
The Bush Camp is thatched, wooden and rustic, and perfectly positioned between the trees and a huge Yellowwood, right on the river. A perfect nature getaway where you can relax to the sound of flowing water and birdsong. Sleeps 2 and includes a campsite at no extra charge.
The comfortable Cabin is situated inside the campsite surrounded by a lush lawn and tall trees, perfect for that camping feeling without having to pitch a tent and enjoying a comfortable double bed.
The camping ground is tranquil and protected from the wind and sun by enormous trees & lush riverine vegetation; with 30 sites to choose from.
Electrical points are few (10 stands) and capacity is limited to lights and fridges. Appliances with elements (kettles, hotplates, hairdryers etc) are best left at home. There are no bright security lights in and around the campsite, all the better for stargazing at night!
Ablutions are centrally situated and well-lit; solar lamps are available should the need arise. Remember to bring a torch and please leave the noisy generators at home.
Braai-areas are small and simple stone circles cemented low in the ground. Grids are not included though a few are available from reception. There is also one large, circular, elevated braai site for communal use.
For those who want the thrill of camping but not the hassle of carting tents around, Yellowwood Forest will erect tents for you, with linen provided. Just enquire about their tentless camping option.
Rates: From R115 per day per campsite; R15 per person per day; R65 per day for electricity. Click here for full rates & more information on Camping at Yellowwood Forest.
MORGAN BAY BACKPACKERS AT YELLOWWOOD FOREST
Yellowwood Forest offers travellers 2 dorm rooms with 4 bunks each (sleeps 8) in a comfortable park home; 1.2km from Morgan Bay beach. Nestled in a tranquil bushveld setting with great scenery, coastal forest views, rocky river frontage and enchanted trails, this Backpackers Retreat is sure to refresh body, mind and spirit.
The Dorm rooms share a communal lounge, self-catering kitchen, bathroom and loo. There is also an outside, private hot water shower- perfect for stargazing. The deck has comfy sofas to chill in and a view over the tiny dam which is ideal for swimming and floating on lilos!
Double rooms, camping and family units are situated 300m away.
Rates: From R125 per person *Dorm
Yellowwood Forest has a gift shop, a licensed tea garden restaurant & pizzeria, play ground and DSTV Sport on the big screen. Wireless Internet and pre-paid vouchers are available and there’s firewood for sale. Yellowwood is also an ideal wedding venue and perfect for school groups. Laundry can also be done for you on request.
The pizzeria serves “Karma Free” vegetarian thin base pizza (meat may be added once it comes out of the oven for carnivores). Yellowwood is also a supporter of Meat Free Mondays.
The magical playground with a tree house, decks, ladders, bridge, swings, slides, trampolines, toys, bikes and carts is sure to keep kids amused for hours. There is also a mini touch farm with bunnies, guinea pigs and birds.
The river has a small natural swimming hole with high rocks surrounding it from which to do bomb drops, and forest trails to explore. Remember to bring your bicycle! A short walk/ride away is the Morgan bay dam for bass fishing, swimming and canoeing. There is a network of trails from this Bird Friendly establishment offering amazing bird watching opportunities.
Volunteering: Young, old and family groups are welcome and will find something of value to do. Yellowwood is a work in progress and the “to do” list grows daily. Experience why volunteering is a work of heart! Click here for more information on volunteering at Yellowwood Forest.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Local & Organic
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Eco Architecture
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community Upliftment
The team at Yellowwood Forest advocates the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle philosophy. They sort and separate all waste in clearly marked bins – the glass is given to Ayanda, a local who has initiated a recycling project while other recyclables are loaded and taken to a recycling depot in East London. Guests are also encouraged to make use of their bins. All organic waste is composted.
As supporting local and opting for responsibly and/or organically farmed produce is important, Yellowwood Forest tries where possible to purchases their eggs and fresh veggies from farmers in their area and are constantly looking for ways to further improve their purchasing practices.
Harvested rain water is used in the restaurant and to water the herb garden. The rest of the garden is indigenous and therefore doesn’t get watered. All grey water is separated from sewage lines and sewage is diverted into reed beds. A bank of rain tanks has been installed with the goal of turning off the municipal water supply.
The restaurant, office, studio and Backpackers retreat are all solar powered. To further reduce energy consumption, LED lighting is used and geysers are turned off when not in use.
Most of the buildings at Yellowwood are unique and creative eco-friendly works of art; built using a combination of locally sourced materials like cob, wattle and daub, river rock and thatch. Almost everything in their buildings has been recycled and reused from somewhere else.
Yellowwood has embarked on an ongoing alien eradication programme along the river and on site; planting indigenous trees in an effort to rehabilitate river banks where they have eroded.
The owners of Yellowwood, Sean & Robin, are both nature conservationists by profession, specializing in environmental education – environmental conservation is therefore a natural part of who they are and is reflected in all their operations.
Yellowwood has been actively involved in a number of upliftment projects over the years and are currently initiating a stewardship programme for a biosphere reserve on Municipal land.