I was traveling in SA on my own, ranted a car & drove from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, stopping in places along the way using the "Coast to Coast" guide.
On the way back I flipped a coin & Wild Spirit Backpackers was chosen for the night, it was getting dark, in June, winter in SA...
I arrived to a most beautiful drive way, parked in front of one of the buildings, all beautiful & very well matched to the nature around.
As I exited the car a sweet young woman came to me & asked if I'm staying, I said yes, I was planing to stay one night but I think I'm in love & I bet I'll stay longer, which was right :-)
I took a dorm bed, in an upstairs big rustic room, I loved it!
bed was comfy & clean, warm blankets were on a shelf in for guests to take & the bathroom was nice & clean.
In full disclosure I have to say I think Wild Spirit is not for everyone.
It as a place for happy, optimistic, fun loving, nature & people loving, open minded kind of people.
Yes, at nights I was cold- as in any other backpackers on my way [Iv'e been to 6] & the communal kitchen can use new dishes & utensils
But when you have a problem with ANYTHING all you have to do is ask one of the wonderful staff workers & they will give you what you need.
When I was there the place had a lot of guests as any other place I've been to was almost empty, even in more central places like Hermanos.
We even had a family with two small kids & every one was very happy, we had a lot of fun together.
I've been to the staff kitchen & I know they they keep a clean kitchen, all fresh ingredients & they make yummy breakfasts & dinners for a very fair price, meet & vegetarian.
Bar prices are also great & parties are awesome!!
I fell in love, I still am in love, with the place, the people, the vibe, everything about Wild Spirit was magical.
I can't wait to come back & stay longer, I miss it deeply =]
Wild Spirit is wild spirited, it is a bit rustic, kind of hippy, full of charm, magic & love.
If you're looking for an ordinary run of the mill backpackers - this is not the place for you.
But if you want a beautiful magical forest or a waterfall dream hike this is the place for you
& if it the ocean you seek or the peaceful beach lagoons it is just a drive away & the Wild Spirit staff can give you a lift :-)
Enjoy & keep your spirit wild!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge is a well-loved, laid-back and friendly family-run business situated on Khoinania farm in The Crags. Located right on the western tip of the Tsitsikamma National Park, it is literally in the heart of the Garden Route, between Plettenberg Bay and Storm's River. Close to Nature's Valley beach and lagoon this eco-friendly open-minded backpackers is surrounded by indigenous forests with blissful views over the valleys and mountains - the ultimate place to come and relax. Accommodation ranges from simple and lovely private en-suite family and double rooms, to ready-made Safari tents, bunk free dorms and simple off the grid camp sites for budget travellers looking for a quiet place to rest their souls. The beautifully sculpted Driftwood Boma and Tree-house deck are great places to soak up the sun and contemplate the peace of your surroundings whilst meeting new people, or cuddle up in the cosy Log cabin with the cats, dogs and a fire on rainy days. Everyday enjoy yummy nutritious dinners and breakfasts, lovingly prepared with fresh local ingredients. Alternative and sustainable energy designs, creative spaces and organic gardens are dotted around this magical 18-hectare farm. Activities on the farm include swimming in the rock pools of a private 80m Waterfall, or taking a short walk through the indigenous forest to visit the majestic Yellowwood tree. Alternatively, you can get your hands dirty in the gardens, learn a new craft from one of the many skilled staff members, or relax in a tree-house with horses grazing nearby. If you manage to tear yourself away from the beauty of the lodge then there are various animal sanctuaries nearby including elephants, big cats, birds and monkeys, as well as local horse-rides and a great farm stall to pick up some lunch. Nearby Nature's Valley is ideal for nature lovers with walks and hikes in all directions, and is one of the most pristine beaches on the Garden Route. The lagoon down there is also spectacular for swimming, kayaking, and bird-watching. Adrenaline and adventure activities such as the world's highest Bungy jump, Africanyon river adventures, and Tsitsikamma treetop canopy tours are nearby. The come home, relax with sun-downers on the deck, and spend an evening under the stars talking to interesting travellers around the fire whilst the team prepare a delicious home-made dinner with fresh produce from the organic gardens. See their website for more info on facilities, services and the wide range of activities in the area. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wild Spirit Lodge And Backpackers South Africa/Garden Route