The ultimate Wild Coast & Lesotho
The ultimate Wild Coast & Lesotho
Travel is about experiencing, living in the present, giving meaning to our existence and that of others and making friends. It is about seeing and hearing things you have never seen or heard before. It is about so much more than taking home beautiful pictures, it is about being, submerging and about being alive. That way, you will have a memorable journey to reminisce about a lifetime to come.
This trip is made to give you an authentic travel experience, to meet many local people and visit South Africa’s best eco-tourism and responsible travel destinations, the Wild Coast and Lesotho. It is an active trip, with multi day hike and pony treks, but also with plenty of time to unwind and relax, meditate or do yoga, or simply walk on the beach, eat good and healthy food and enjoy the sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Price: From ZAR 35.500 for 2 people sharing
370 kg CO2 e
Day 1 & 2
Addo National Park
A truly unique accommodation experience located only a ten-minute drive from the Addo Elephant National Park. The estate used to be a farm, built at the beginning of the 20th century. The lodge is a pioneer when it comes to eco-friendly and sustainable practices and the swimming pool is 100% natural and organic. Water is filtered naturally through the micro-organisms and plant life and doesn’t require any chemicals. This is the perfect environment to relax with a glass of wine or a detox cocktail. Yoga sessions are often organised. The restaurant is special too – organic vegetable garden, home-grown salads, cauliflower, tomatoes, beetroots and aromatic herbs are used to make delicious recipes at the restaurant. The garden is also well looked after by their chickens who produce the freshest eggs every morning for breakfast.
The Addo Elephant National Park is located in the dense Eastern Cape bush. It offers visitors spectacular elephant viewing in a malaria-free environment. Addo is South Africa’s 3rd largest national park. It is perfect to explore by yourself or hop on one of the game drive vehicles for a sunrise or sunset game viewing experience.
Day 3 & 4
Bulungula Lodge Situated on the breathtaking Wild Coast, this special accommodation is 100% owned and managed by the vibrant, traditional Nqileni village community. It is nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa. An eco-friendly, Fair Trade certified, affordable, multi-night destination for South African and overseas visitors alike. The Xhosa community is an integral part of daily life in and around the lodge. With no fences, no crime, and no hassles, the village is full of friendly smiles and lots of animals. You are invited to be part of this community throughout your stay – becoming part of the village community is the whole point of coming here!
The lodge is powered by the sun and includes the legendary ’rocket’ hot-water showers. The water comes from boreholes and the toilets are odourless compost toilets. You can stay in traditionally built rondavel huts, in permanent tents on platforms under the trees or bring and pitch your own tent. Whichever roof you choose, you’ll sleep well, to the sound of the Indian Ocean’s surf.
Day 5 & 6
Coffee Bay can be found on the Wild Coast, in the former Transkei. The Wild Coast got its name from the sailors of the 1700s and 1800s, who considered it as one of the most treacherous bits of coastlines in the world with a long list of shipwrecks. To this day it is still one of the most beautiful and untouched sections of coastline in the world, due to its remote and difficult assess. The former Transkei was a “homeland” of the apartheid government, and comprised of the area between the Mtamvuna River, as the northern boundary with Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Kei River being the southern boundary with the then Cape Province. This area was populated by mainly Xhosa speaking people and has a proud heritage of producing some of South Africa’s most distinguished leaders, like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, King Sabata Dalindyebo and many more, who were instrumental in bringing about change to a democratic government.
Coffee Shack is one of our partners that we share our sustainable tourism values with. They also encourage responsible tourism, promote sustainable community projects and is Fair Trade certified. They actively promote eco-tourism practises, as well as ensuring that their team is given opportunities for further training and promotion.
Just a few kilometres from the Coffee Shack, you will find the local legendary ‘Hole in the Wall’, the Mpuzi cliff edge, caverns and the Bat Cave. You will discover hidden pathways and secret pools and do some mind-blowing cliff jumps! When Coffee Shack first started, their Headman invited them to his home to share in his family’s dinner and celebrate the making of new friends. This is what they now call the ‘Village Dinner’ and every Friday you are invited by one of three families to attend a traditional Xhosa meal, singing and dancing and a chance to talk to the locals about life, customs and traditions in the area.
Day 7 & 8 & 9
Sikhanyiso Transkei Wild Coast (multi) day hike and homestay visit
A true gem, Sikhanyiso is a fantastic hiking guide and a young man who just always smiles. Knowledgeable, friendly, welcoming, smart, with an innate love for nature are some of the characteristics best to describe him. He roams the hills on the Wild Coast, too far from our office, else we would gladly share our daily morning coffees together and listen to his stories. Anything is possible and we curate this experience to your specification and desires. Whether you want to go for one day, experience an overnight hike or hike for 5 days packed with adventure, it is all possible. You can choose between overnighting at his family home, at a nature camp, or both. You can visit a church on Sunday morning and join in prayer or dance, rest on the banks of a river and put your toes in the water or have a chat with the young boys with whom you’ll cross paths, herding the cows.
Day 10, 11, 12 & 13
Sani Lodge and Lesotho
From village to village on horseback! Another unique community tourism initiative. Whilst focussed on Pony Trekking, these trips also allow you to travel up the famous Sani Pass in our 4×4 Land Rover, over the second highest road pass in Lesotho, traverse remote villages seeing the unique way of life while enjoying the thrill of riding through majestic mountain scenery. Overnight accommodation is provided by homesteads in various villages, thereby spreading the benefits of tourism into remote communities by encouraging small scale entrepreneurs.