Mbolompo Homestay - Lubanzi



Eastern Cape

South Africa





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A rural homestay experience in a traditional Xhosa village. Nestled above an indigenous forest, over looking the Mncwasa River mouth. Be humbled by the hospitality, fetch water from the stream, go crazy trying to count the stars and wake up to the cry of the fish eagles...

Mbolompo Homestay is village based accommodation near Zithulele Mission Hospital, on the Southern Wild Coast and is a scenic 1.5h walk to the world famous "Hole in the Wall".

The homestead belongs to the Siyephu family and is situated on a hill over looking the Mncwasa River mouth. We are conveniently situated between Coffee Bay and Bulungula Backpackers, a 4 hour walk each way.

A percentage of the payment goes to a community account, so that the village as a whole can benefit from visitors to the area. It is not a self catering holiday cottage but rather a cultural experience with a Xhosa family.

There are no braai facilities, electricity or flush toilets. The accommodation is a traditional Xhosa rondavel, made from mud, thatch and a cow dung floor. You will be able to experience authentic African village life. Pillows, mattresses and beds are provided, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

Meals can also be provided if you require. We have recently finish our new "green" ablutions. We have built an inside and an outside paraffin shower with a living roof as well as dry composting toilets. They were constructed using clay brick, earth mortar, cob, earth plaster & as much recycled material as possible.

We used bamboo for gutter, bottles for windows and old potijie pots for basins. The alternative style was an attempt to limit the environmental impact and to try utilize traditional Xhosa building methods.

Directions: Driving from East London on the N2, about 20km before Mthatha take the Coffee Bay road to your right. Almost exactly 50km from the N2, you will see a sign post to Zithulele Mission Hospital to your right. About 100m before Zithulele Hospital there is a rough dirt track to your right (and a small yellow MTN container on your left), take that track and drive slowly till you pass a cement slab section. About 200m on, you will see a wood sign with a big "M". The homestead is the cluster of buildings on the hill on your right.

R90pp per night + R30 for dinner

The Siypephu's kindly ask that guests do not consume alcohol on their premises or give sweets and money to the children.

To make a reservation, please contact Roger or The Jabulani Foundation, an NGO operating in the area.

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