About us

What we stand for

we're all about community

our community

“Mdumbi Backpackers is a community-driven incentive which strives to promote  community involvement in sustainable eco-tourism. Mdumbi has a unique ownership model due to the fact that the local employees are part owners of the business and share in its profit.

Aside from this,, Mdumbi Backpackers supports staff members in running their own personal  businesses to generate even more income. From Mama Nowethu’s bread to Mama Nosekile’s laundry service, you can be sure that your money goes to the right place. 

Mdumbi was honoured by the World Responsible Tourism Awards and won the silver prize for “best for poverty reduction.”

Mdumbi Backpackers helped to establish TransCape, a local nonprofit that aims to tackle the significant education, health and socio-economic challenges in the community. Transcapes’ mission is to provide access to the resources, support, and knowledge necessary for communities to initiate the process of change towards a better quality of life. Guests are welcome to visit their projects.

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Our Team

The people that make it all possible

Johann & Petra

Enjoying the Mdumbi deck with a breathtaking view.

Mama Nowethu

Makes the best meals.


Will always make sure you have a ride to us.


A friendly face that greets you at reception.

The badenhorst's

Enjoy one of Ad’s famous milkshakes.


A fantastic help in the kitchen.

Mama kholeka

Makes the yummiest salads with produce straight from our veggie garden.

Mama Silelwa

Mama makes sure our facilities are always clean and ready to use.


Our seafood braai master.


Friendliest guy around that does the best job at keeping our premises tidy.

mama Nowelile

Mama makes sure your room is 100% ready for arrival.


This is one hard working lady that aims to make your stay great!

Eco & Zanzi

our two cutest & sweetest fur-babies.