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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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#5 of 14 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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Wild Coast Mpande, Port St Johns 5121 South Africa
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Port Elizabeth Airport430 kmSee all flights
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entroscooper wrote a review Feb 2014
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates18 contributions3 helpful votes
No "stress devices" can be charged here! Stumbled into this place by chance after a punctured tire and it was one of the happiest accidents of our trip. A very basic but truly enjoyable of the grid experience supplied by solar panels and rain water. Spectacular scenery, pristine sandy beach with a rock pool area. Rondavel style accomodation.The absolute best walk for buying beers ever (nextdoor). Dillon, who owns the place is the perfect host for the place. Don´t miss the meals prepared by the next door neighbours. Don´t expect to be served, this will be like your own home (resort lovers better refrain).
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Date of stay: February 2014
Joukje J wrote a review Sep 2013
36 contributions9 helpful votes
The Kraal is a very nice and off the grid experience and we liked it! The surrounding is beautiful and worth a visit and some hikes. The Kraal is off the grid and gives you a real nice experience of the wild coast. Do not expect comfort but a very nice place to stay. It is very eco friendly and that also means you have to adapt to it! If you do, the experience is great.
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Date of stay: September 2013
Michael Y wrote a review Sep 2013
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa11 contributions3 helpful votes
Don't be fooled, The Kraal isn't a hotel nor will you be able to sit down to a paid for cooked meal and waited on hand and foot. It is however a wonderful (self catering, bring your tabasco for the oysters!) wild coast experience. Dylan provides three huts, two doubles and a dorm for back packers, mainly hikers coming through on their way to Coffee Bay. The water in the showers is warm, the huts dry, and the kitchen clean and available. It is a completely off the grid environment. Esoteric is the theme and you will not be disappointed. Whales, dolphins and an abundance of sea life greet you for sunrise, the locals will provide you with fresh oysters, crayfish but all other food and supplies must be brought with. There are no shops anywhere close.. To get away from it all.. there
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Date of stay: July 2013
Stephan T wrote a review Jul 2013
Cape Town70 contributions17 helpful votes
We hiked down the Wild Coast, 300km. This backpackers is ok. We camped. It is on a hill, some distance from the beach. The view over the sea from the stoep is excellent. Supper was good but do not try breakfast. They did have a very good bottle of red wine, something you do not find around there often. The Milk Stout beer we bought close by was also excellent, R14 for 750ml.
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Date of stay: December 2012
JSHMB wrote a review Apr 2013
British Columbia, Canada38 contributions24 helpful votes
This is a special place and if you don't mind roughing it, you are in for a treat. Dillon's place is off the grid and you feel like you have arrived at the end of the world, and it is a beautiful place to be! Accomodation is in a dorm or rondavel and also great soft grassed tent sites. The Kraal is off the grid so all water is provided from rain cisterns. Toilets are septic. Solar power heats water and powers basic lighting. Put away your cell phone and appreciate Nature's gifts. Lovely pet dogs. It felt more as if we were guests sharing Dillon's home. He is a great guy and kept us entertained with his stories. Wood fired oven (great pizzas) and sauna. Call to the whales and dolphins and maybe they will come. Great rock pools for protected swimming. Thanks Dillon! Come visit
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Date of stay: March 2013
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South AfricaEastern CapePort St Johns
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