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Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge

11/06/2017 12/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to have a break from a stressful vacation/roadtrip/...and relax for some days, this is the perfect place! Even though they are building up the backpackers on a different hill, we had an amazing time there! One night we were even the only guests and so you can have nice conversations with the owners and locals. I'd say...

Thank Travelaria123
Munich, Germany
Reviewed 5 April 2017

I've stayed at this backpacker numerous times over the last few years and keep coming back. This place is something really special! It's the energy, the landscape, the locals, the owners, the vibes, the views... Just everthing. This year I had to go back to check out he new Wild Lubanzi (they had to relocate due to coastal environmental issues)....

Thank james f
WildLubanzi, Owner at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

thank you for that glowing review :) we are indeed trying to keep up the Lubanzi spirit and "vibe" has always been important to us. the new Wild Lubanzi is more incorporated into the local community and personally we prefer the feel of the new place to the old one. thanks for supporting us in our efforts to rebuild, we...

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Lubanzi moved!!! Lubanzi ONE was absolutely great and Lubanzi NOW is going to be even greater! Watch this space... RE Lubanzi PRESENT: it is lovely! Yes it is technically a construction site, but so far so good. The staff is still amazing. The vibe is still great. The views still out of this world. The beach still two steps away....

Thank Sharne B
WildLubanzi, Owner at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your time at Wild Lubanzi again :) and we can't wait to have you back when the new backpackers is fully built up, it's going to be a blast! Keeping those melktart shots cold ...

Reviewed 8 September 2016

A quiet out of the way backpackers that you can't drive to unless your in a 4x4 (but the backpackers will pick you up from a point smaller cars can reach). To this day one of the most scenic spots I've ever been to. Not the friendliest staff, but who cares when you have that amount of beautiful space to...

Thank JackBarry05
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

We came here the end of July, with a gigantic storm approaching. The storm prevented us from any outdoor activities, but luckily we had a sea view room, so we could still enjoy the nature without getting dripping wet. This place was hard to find (as was their parking space), so we had to call for directions a few times,...

Thank el123iza
WildLubanzi, Owner at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us, despite the horrendous weather! The funky atmosphere you experienced was mostly due to the weather: it put an abrupt halt to our building efforts and so all the volunteers, who had been working hard day after day, suddenly got a forced break and found themselves with nothing to do, bored, cold,...

Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

This hostel really is set in a stunning location although it is very remote! Only access by 4x4... Useful shuttle collects from local area. The secure parking is not quite what I would call secure...it's located around the back of someone's house! Difficult to find too. Slightly strange welcome... Were the only guests so the place felt quiet and as...

Thank JulietteHodges
WildLubanzi, Owner at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

I hope our website reflects our place accurately - other than that I'm afraid I can't fix the complaint of "not what we expected". The secure parking is perfectly secure in terms of this area: yes, it is just a friends backyard. But this man who agreed to safekeep our guests cars is a very respected man in the community,...

Exmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Wild Lubanzi is a wonderfully remote location - access is either by 4x4 or walking from a neighbouring resort, although the owner will collect you from the tar road only a couple of kilometres away. A warm welcome, good facilities such as meals and WiFi, and basic accommodation. The owner and his wife are working enthusiastically and impressively to develop...

Thank Basil S
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 March 2016

Nice and peaceful place, perfect to start walks to the hole in the wall or the other direction. Homy feeling with wooden decks and pillows, good food, good people, definitely off beaten track, in a sometimes too touristy coast. Even got some dolphins on one morning!

Thank Neric29
Strasbourg, France
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We spent two nights in Lubanzi during our road trip in South Africa and it was one the best place ! The location, in the middle of nowhere is beautiful with an amazing view on the ocean, people are so nice, even the animals overthere are nice and fun ! The food is also delicious! It was an amazing experience...

Thank MiouwMiouw
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights in Lubanzi: 2 in a dorm and 2 in the turtle room. We just enjoyed the surroundings and the people so much. Loved the communal dinners, we had such interesting conversations with the other guests! And the food was amazing but too. Lunch is for free but can take a while, of course you can make...

Thank MarritvdS

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Restaurant
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Whether you choose a crazy dorm or a cozy double room - everything in this place has been lovingly renovated and hand crafted. Now this is the Wild Coast, so we keep it simple and rural. Almost all showers are solar heated, which means: hot showers only during the day. In the main house there is a rocket shower, a parafin heated tube that roars like a rocket and provides hot water. Our tap water comes from a nearby spring, and the drinking water comes directly from the sky. We have an organic garden where we grow vegetables all year round. Help to pick or dig up your delicious dinner or cook your own food in the fully equipped self-catering kitchen. At night get a fire going in the braai place and sit on the veranda chatting in the light of parafin lanterns. Electricity is provided by solar panels, for the lights in the house and for charging cell phones and other gadgets. We do have free internet! Activities includes the word "active" which is not everyone's choice - after all, this is the perfect place to just relax and hang out and let all stress drain away. The beach is just down the hill and sheltered by cliffs, so grab your towel and have a snooze in the sand - or would you prefer the hammock on the veranda? If you DO feel active, take a stroll around, explore the other beaches or the nearby river estuary (all within easy walking distance), go swimming or snorkeling or fishing, walk to the next shebeen (local tavern) to drink beer and chat with the locals, collect shells on the beach ... Or bring your mountain bike and conquer the hectic 4x4 tracks ... ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Lodge

Address: Zithulele Mission | Coffee Bay area, Lubanzi Village 5090, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Lubanzi Village
Price Range: $16 - $46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Just relax and enjoy the location and the experience!”
209basils, 24 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have a great view.”
697leighk, 11 Mar 2015 | Read review
“All the rooms are great but my favorite is the turtle room! It has great views, morning sun and a beautiful en suite bathroom.”
846DanielleW, 10 Sep 2014 | Read review
“I only slept in the dorm which is spacious and quite. If you take the bed next to the window (which I had) you're guaranteed to fall asleep staring at the stars and wake up staring at an astonishing sunrise!”
139mauriceb, 3 May 2014 | Read review
“Turtle for private otherwise you can't go wrong with a dorm bed.”
shaunc623, 12 Feb 2014 | Read review
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