It began over the phone with an accommodating attitude; 'three's a bit of a crowd for Gum Tree Cottgae, but the bed is big!" So I made the reservation. Indeed the bed was enormous, but not quite as big as the view from the room out east across the forest, towards the mountains and the early morning sunrise my 8 year old daughter woke me to see. Her brother, who elected to sleep on a matress on the floor, slept on exhausted by an afternoon of exploring the forest, climbing trees and building tree-houses. It was only hunger that brought them back early evening to find me lazing on the deck, a cold beer in my hand. It was easy to russle up a quick meal for them in the well equipped back-packers' kitchen, but I ate dinner with the other guests out on the deck. Do not miss out on Jenny's cooking if you like real food. Breakfast too is a treat of home made muselis, breads, jams and if you have the appetite for it, eggs cooked to order. Tea and coffee is available anytime, free. But most of all, it was the hospitality that made us reluctant to leave. Cliche as it may sound, we felt like old friends.
- 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