After a long journey down the coast on some pretty terrible roads, waking up to the unspoilt coastline the next day made it all worthwhile. Stunning beach and rolling hills in every direction, you really are in the wilderness! The place has an amazing laid-back atmosphere as well - it's run by the local village who add to the whole experience, and everyone is happy to see you! The activities are a bit hit and miss but you'll be happy just relaxing and exploring the area because it's so beautiful.
My one complaint: it's all very well them saying 'don't use Google Maps, you'll get lost' , but they need to provide a far better map than the one on the website. The directions are not good enough ("drive past the blue house, look out for the school with the blue roof, turn right at the peach huts") and it means a lot of people will arrive very stressed! All they actually need to do is move the Google Maps location to the other side of the estuary and it'll solve the problem.
Apart from that, the whole stay was perfect.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bulungula Hotel Nqileni Village
- Bulungula Lodge South Africa/Eastern Cape - Nqileni Village