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Bulungula Lodge

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to go for an experience and witness a still relatively primitive culture, then this is the place for you. About 35km from the N2, on the Coffee Bay tarred road, take a dirt road to the right, next to a cafe - this road is about 40km of potholes and trenches and streams of water; however, it...

Thank Convalle
Paris, France
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 6 weeks visiting South-Africa and Bulungula was our heart stroke. The location is simply incredible (paradise), the backpacker lodge is beautiful, the Xhosa women community running the lodge very cool, the Nquileni village simply unique with its rondavels and families, the beach heavenly..... You look after an unique place, you got it! I recommend it!!!

Thank RoL9191
Reading, Vermont
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read so many reviews of this property so we decided to take our little car on the gravel road to the lodge. The trip was rough, but worth it. The scenery along the way and the travel between the rural villages was amazing. Not anticipating the 1/2 mile walk from parking lot to the lodge, we flagged down...

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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

What an experience, we're well travelled in east Africa and were expecting that we would find a lot more places like Bulungula on our travels through south Africa but this place is unique. It really is a piece of real Africa and we are really grateful that we made the stop at Bulungula whilst we were travelling the wild coast....

Thank mirembeLondon
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed 16 January 2017

We stayed for x4 nights and had paid for our (private) accommodation and lodge shuttle services up-front. We really wanted to have a week of pure relaxation: long walks on the beach, reading and reflecting. Every second day unfortunately our personal time was interrupted by people wanting to collect/exchange items in our private room and being asked every night of...

1Thank MorganWolf
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Bulungula is just awesome. Yes it is a long gravel road with lots of potholes until you get there. But it probably wouldn't be the same experience and vibe if you could get there on a highway. Here you can really escape the stressful life in cities. The area is really quiete and absolutely beautiful, the lodge is directly at...

1Thank Julian Jamal K
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great few days at Bulungula Lodge. Pluses: - great location - off the grid living - simple, but amazing accommodation - showers are an adventure on its own - common room is beautiful To be improved: - I think the establishment is poorly run and can be improved on in a few ways. - women selling stuff in...

1Thank Zaheer1209
Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a "love it - hate it" place, we totally felt in love with it, in spite of 3 days of rain, bad and muddy roads to get there and only very basic services and amenities. It is a great experience of Xhosa life, I wish we stayed there longer and I hope to be able to visit again.

1Thank Sap145
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

If you want feel the xhosa culture, this place is perfect for it. We had a amazing village Tour and a good canoing tour. Breakfast is okay and Dinner really good! Be aware that the description How to get there is not really precise!

2Thank Fabian K
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This place is incredible, if you are driving along the wild coast (or even if you're not planning on it) you must stay here! A gentlemen started this lodge always knowing that he wanted to turn over ownership to the local Xhosa community. And in 2014 that's exactly what he did! This place is 100% community owned and run and...

1Thank Nicolette N

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A community-based eco-lodge on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in the heart of a traditional Bomvana (Xhosa) community. Fair Trade accredited. Many fun, informative and authentic cultural and adventure tours/activities every day. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bulungula Lodge

Address: Bulungula River Mouth | Elliotdale District, Nqileni Village 5070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Nqileni Village
Price Range: $13 - $29 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Bulungula Hotel Nqileni Village
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“Rooms are great to share with the whole family!”
 of 5 bubbles nicoletten311, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The rondavels are lovely and have lovely views”
  • Our cosy rondavel
 of 5 bubbles Eluned1, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rondawels overlooking the lagoon have nicest view, but are the most exposed to the wind.”
  • A short walk across the mouth and that beach is all yours
 of 5 bubbles LikeFully, 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“ask for rooms1-9 near the chill out area”
 of 5 bubbles rumblec, 13 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The rondaavels along the west side (pink) probably afford the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles C3123ZXmarkh, 31 Jan 2016 | Read review
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