This is Lubanzi, a little Xhosa Village in the middle of nowhere of the former Transkei. This is where the road ends, this is where the sea and the sky meet, where the sun kisses the waves and the rhythm of life is still pure and undisturbed. Lubanzi is as "away from everything" as you can possibly be.
Wild Lubanzi Backpackers
is owned 50% by the local community - our staff are our family, all of them are directors of the company, and all of them make the place what it is. The Backpacker nestles on a slope facing the beach and the sea, providing you with fantastic sunrise views. It is surrounded by local village huts, livestock and laughter and the general hum of Xhosa village life.
For obvious reasons we do not accept any guests who are racist, sexist, agist, homophobic, xenophobic, ethnomophobic or just a horrible person in whatever way. If you are, then we will happily drop you off at the nearest minibus taxi. (We are however open to debate any of the above if you are unsure of where you stand.) Wild Lubanzi is a place for the young-at-heart, a place for dreamers, adventurers, travelers, or anyone who ever felt that "there must be more to life". Here is more. You wanna come see?
Accommodation at Wild Lubanzi Backpackers:
For the time being, we have two Safari Tent Double Rooms, and a Homestay Dorm with 4 - 6 beds. We are still building up the new Wild Lubanzi Backpackers and photos of the new rooms/accommodation will be added here as soon as they are ready. Come stay in a lovely Safari Tent with breathtaking views and be part of the reconstruction of Wild Lubanzi.
We have two spacious Safari Tent Double Rooms, both of them sitting on a raised wooden deck, overlooking the beach and the sea. Perfect sunrise views. Toilet and shower are nearby in the main house.
Sleep in a traditional Rondavel Homestay Dorm, with 4 - 6 beds and en suite toilet and rocket shower (paraffin-heated shower).
Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Activities:
- This is a great place for hiking - explore the Wild Coast on foot, see the impressive cliffs and dolphins playing in the surf.
- There are several deserted beaches within easy walking distance of the backpackers.
- You can also explore Lubanzi village and learn more about Xhosa culture.
Wild Lubanzi Backpackers Map:
Clothing & Accessories:
Please note that the last 5 km of road are for 4x4 only. Secure parking is available at the end of the tar road, and a shuttle service to bring you down to the backpackers. Shuttle only on request - please book at least a day ahead.
Health & Climate:
This is the Wild Coast, so you may expect some wildness. The weather is usually warm and pleasant, however, at times it can get very windy. Best time for a visit is February to May. The summer months tend to be hot and humid and rainy. The winter months are fairly warm, usually about 20 degrees during the day in July and August. The landscape is very hilly and transport is a problem - Lubanzi is not the ideal place for people who have trouble walking.