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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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#2 of 16 Speciality lodging in Port St Johns
The Kraal Eco Lodge is one of those rare finds along the Wild Coast. We are situated in an exclusive cleft between two hills facing the Indian ocean. From anywhere at the lodge you can witness the morning routine of our local superpod of dolphins. Established 20 years ago with nothing but an idea to build a self sustaining, eco-friendly lodge that runs and eats from a successful perma-culture garden. Knowing that idea's don't build themselves, we rolled up our sleeves and built our dream from the ground up. If you get the chance ask Dillion, the owner, about anything to do with living self sustainably, grab an ice one from the bar, and enjoy the knowledge shared. We live and work by a simple ethos, don't be a doosh, be lekker. It's simple and easy to remember so please, #goodvibes only.
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Free parking
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
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Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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just AddWater wrote a review Aug 2021
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Thanks Dylan and Sam, you treated us like family. Thank you for the extra early breakfast and the packed lunch for our hike it helped us travel light. Nice chilled vibes, helpful staff and a view usually reserved for millionaires. Great coffee in the morning. Will be back! Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Garry Torbin Nel wrote a review Jul 2021
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If 5 star hotel city life is what You are looking for. This natural beautiful and humble place is not for You. If however, you want to quickly find natural harmony and beauty away from artificial and superficial comforts, Its still a natural wonder, filled with friendly local people and all sorts of natural wonder. Almost unretouched. Fish eagles. Canoeing.. Pristine beaches and surf...right point breaks. Natural forests, lagoons and the list goes on... We have had a great stay and have another reason for living a real life. Thanks All at the Kraal. You're Legends....
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Thomas West wrote a review Feb 2021
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Spend a couple of days there, very nice place close to an amazing beach. Friendly staff, very relaxed atmosphere. For those who like to be off the grid highly recommended. They serve fresh seafood or you can cook yourself in the big communal kitchen. Whole place was always clean and well maintained.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
larsliedberg wrote a review Jan 2021
Cape Town, South Africa11 contributions
I was looking for a total breakaway from the humdrum of life in the city (I stay in Cape Town, South Africa) and was fortunate enough to find this amazing spot on the beautiful Transkei coast. The location is amazing and I immediate fell in love with the wild coast way of life. The Kraal was the ultimate way to experience the rural beauty of the Kei without sacrificing creature comforts like clean ablutions, warm beds and hot meals prepared by my lovely host Sam. She made my stay super comfortable, made sure I was well fed and showed me some amazing spots to snorkel and chill out. Really went beyond the substantial duties of running the beach resort and made me feel very welcome. The food was delicious and well priced, the beers were cold and the darts games were highly competitive! I’d recommend The Kraal to anyone (and have told all my friends about it already!). Ten out of ten!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Crig wrote a review Jan 2021
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This is the Wild Coast -- it's deeply rural, frontier living -- there are no malls, restaurants or fancy hotels -- just mind-blowing, natural beauty and amazingly welcoming locals. So, discovering the Kraal in this rugged region is like stumbling into an oasis. Rustic, yet eminently comfortable. The manager, Sam, is uber friendly and incredibly resourceful. From arranging hikes or canoe trips to serving up sumptuous seafood platters, she's a star. She even lays on daily dolphin sightings while sipping coffee at sunrise :). Don't expect a city-style, five-star experience. Come prepared to rough it. With this open mind, I rate my stay at The Kraal 11/10. My best holiday ever! Thank you Sam, Olwethu and the general magnificence of this little treasure cove!
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Kraal Eco Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at The Kraal Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a fitness centre.
What food & drink options are available at The Kraal Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Kraal Eco Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Kraal Eco Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Kraal Eco Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Kraal Eco Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Kraal Eco Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, The Kraal Eco Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Kraal Eco Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.