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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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Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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sarahks wrote a review May 2018
Cape Town, South Africa44 contributions6 helpful votes
This backpackers is an off-beat place that anyone traveling through the wild coast should stay in. The whole accommodation is completely off-grid, and the location is spectacular. The company is great and the food we were served there was incredible. Huge crayfish tail with Thai green curry on the first night, and freshly caught shad cooked over the open fire on the second. Tsweleni, the village it is situated in, is a beautiful place with the friendliest people. Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Krysti L wrote a review Jan 2018
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My partner and I stayed at The Kraal for a week just before the high season started in mid-December. Calling it a backpackers hostel feels like a disservice because it is so much more. It is an incredible get away oasis overlooking the ocean. They are very much off the grid, so my partner and I were preparing as much as we could for our week-long stay. Dillon and Max were very accommodating and let us ride along when they went into town for groceries one day and let us use the wifi on the sunny days when there was enough charge on the solar panels. Some small benefits of staying there before all of the people during high season came! We couldn't ask for better dinners. Dillon has been a chef for many years of his life in both South Africa and Europe. One night we had a whole
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Date of stay: December 2017
hdawson6 wrote a review Dec 2017
Pretoria, South Africa38 contributions2 helpful votes
I could honestly move here. This backpackers is incredible! They are currently in the process of tarring the roads which makes the drive there a lot easier and faster, but still watch out for rouge cows, sheep, goats and dogs. However, the last 3 km or so are not tarred and are therefore quite bad, we still managed to get there in one piece driving a VW Polo, but a 4x4 is a smarter choice. The backpackers itself is amazing, they are very sustainable and do a lot of recycling. There isnt really any Wi-Fi unless you request it, they only use it for very important things. They also don't have plug points so make sure you're devices are charged before getting there. We were planning on camping when we arrived and the owners right hand man, Max, let us sleep. In one of their tents
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Date of stay: December 2017
frederick357 wrote a review Aug 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa1 contribution
When me and my friend arrived at the Kraal, we didn't know what to expect, but it has been the greatest two nights of our whole trip. The two people that are running this backpacker are lovely, funny people who really care about the environment and the well being of their guests. One of them even helped me get out of a situation in Port St.Johns with the traffic police a week after we stayed at The Kraal. The food is simply awesome. We had pizza, fish and a chicken that was running around the houses just a day before we ate it. After waking up from the sounds of the waves, we ate Oysters with lemons while watching the dolphins swim in the sea 100 meter away from us. During the day, we took a kajak down to the river and saw a bit of the beautiful nature that surrounds this place.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Cynthia S wrote a review Oct 2016
23 contributions9 helpful votes
I can understand that some people would be nervous to take very young kids here. Yes, it's in the middle of nowhere. Yes, it's off the grid. But guess what? This is the one place where my kids (ages 3 and 5) did not whine and complain about being bored, where they did not whine and complain about there being nothing to do, where they did not whine and complain at all. There are so many interesting and unusual knick-knacks, so many chickens to chase, a great mulberry bush with tasty berries, the beach and the river close by (where all they needed were big sticks to draw in the sand; entertained for hours), the chess board where they could play chess with their own rather special rules, friendly dogs to play with, etc. etc. They still talk about The Kraal, and they especially miss
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Date of stay: September 2016
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South AfricaEastern CapePort St Johns
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