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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
Public wifi
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast available
Shuttle bus service
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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Peace-n-Love00 wrote a review Aug 2016
Athens, Greece32 contributions16 helpful votes
If you are ever in the area, you should definitely stay here. Dylan, the owner, went out of his way to make us super comfortable. He's such a cool and genuine guy. His place is the most eco friendly place I've ever been to and I've been to many! It's was so pleasant to spend time here. You can watch pods of dolphins jumping and riding the waves right from the lounge area. As a matter of fact, you should go out of your way to visit. If you do, you will continue to go back as I too plan to. Thanks again for all your kindness and generosity Dylan!
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Date of stay: August 2016
Kempff wrote a review Mar 2016
Pretoria, South Africa31 contributions4 helpful votes
We (2 adults and 2 children , ages 5 and 8) stayed for 3 nights at The Kraal. We really enjoyed it, the hospitality of Bevan was great and the food was excellent. The view was exceptional, so awesome to sit and watch the dolphins every day! The beach and river was also beautiful. The only negative aspect was that my wife didn't like it that there wasn't a basin close to our rondavel ;) Note: the road is quite bad.
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Date of stay: March 2016
jenna g wrote a review Mar 2016
Detroit, Michigan1 contribution2 helpful votes
The place is beautiful and truly off the grid. We drove here from Port Saint Johns and the warning on the website about the roads is hardly a warning- by the time we made it we though for sure we would have four flat tires or get stuck in a mud puddle. I do not recommend trying to get there without a high sitting vehicle with all wheel drive. Once we did get there the host Dillon was very gracious and funny. He is also an excellent cook. The roosters and dogs will wake you up, however it is a wonderful place to nap during the day. The rock pools around the area were fun to explore and a woman from the village made us a traditional meal that was delicious.
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Date of stay: March 2016
158elsiek wrote a review Jun 2015
20 contributions6 helpful votes
Dillon, our host, run The Kraal Backpacker's on the same principles as an eco-lodge. He does it just so much better than most. I believe it is his deep love and respect for the environment. For animals,children and people. (More or less in that order?) What to expect for your stay? -Got there in a Polo, like D said we would. -Spotlessly clean and cosy huts / chalets -Shared, Well equipped, kitchen. -Spaza shop stocked with the very basic. The Kraal is of the grid. COMPLETELY. So bring headlight for night reading. Led solar lights is perfect for toilet visits. Dillon thanks for sharing your homestead with us. We had a blast.
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Date of stay: June 2015
bethesdav wrote a review Mar 2015
100 contributions45 helpful votes
I loved my stay here, the only problem was I did not stay long enough . Next time I will definitely stay longer. Beautiful surroundings and friendly people. It is off the grid and nothing close by so come prepared .
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Date of stay: March 2015
The Kraal Backpackers
South AfricaEastern CapePort St Johns
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