Mdumbi backpackers

the heart of the transkei

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why stay at mdumbi?

is this the place for you?

Welcome to Mdumbi, a backpackers with panoramic Wild Coast views nestled in the heart of the Transkei and infused with the culture of the amaXhosa. We are an award-winning backpackers that promotes community involvement and sustainable eco-tourism.

Best Beach & Surf

Voted best beach in Southern Africa, with World-class surf with no crowds and incredible hiking and exploration opportunities.

Community driven

Safe, hospitable and vibrant village with ​Friendly and knowledgeable staff. All activities owned by local community members.

Epic spot

Seasonal whale and dolphin watching. Voted "favourite hidden gem" by Getaway Magazine.

Our beautiful beach & community

a moment to experience

Travel to this remote part of South Africa and you will immediately know why people rave about this destination. The Transkei, which Nelson Mandela regarded as home, is one of the only remaining areas in South Africa where you can get a real African experience: chiefs are the authority, livestock the currency and deep-routed myths the philosophy of the amaXhosa who populate the mudbrick houses that scatter the rolling hills. 

Boasting one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, secluded white sand beaches and endless exploring, the Wild Coast is an area not to be missed on a visit to South Africa.

Our Activities

100% Community owned

Whether you are feeling like a lazy day on the beach, a cultural walk through the village, a paddle up our river or a hike, we’ve got you!

our unwinding accommodation

Feel at home

We offer a range of comfortable rustic accommodation ranging from traditional rondavels to wooden huts to safari beds to camping.
We have communal bathroom and cooking facilities on site for all accommodation options. 

looking for an invitation to rest, pause and reflect?

Join the Mindful Escape Retreat at Mdumbi in October 2024!