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Mysore, India
Reviewed 25 April 2016

As the granny in the family, we chose a dorm type room with 2 small kids and their parents. It was comfy basic but with a view from the balcony that allowed a perfect sunrise watch. The Backpackers is excellent, facilities, service scenery and location. The wild beach of Nature's valley is a 10 min drive. The setting is in...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello :) Thank you so much for the amazing review. Hope to see you another time at Wild Spirit. Best, Babs Wild Spirit Team

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 20 April 2016

I only stopped off here because the other travelers I had met along the Garden Route had told me that it was an absolute must. I am so glad I listened. I have not yet come across another hostel like this one. It had a hippie vibe, but not a pretentious one, and the location is beautiful. The views over...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Anna :) Thank you so much for the amazing review. Happy travels further. Hope to see you another time at Wild Spirit. Best, Babs Wild Spirit Team

Singapore, null, Singapore
Reviewed 17 April 2016

This hippie place has amazing beautiful views, great to be in nature without any interruption. They have a nice living room, good dinner for 80rand, breakfast was average, some small snacks for 5rand. It is a very relaxing place. Rooms were clean, it was very comfortable for me. They also have an amazing treehouse where you can stargaze! Their toilets...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Anastasia, Thank you so much for such a thorough review! Happy to read how relaxing you found it here, and that you were able to really enjoy being in such a beautiful place. However, I was very sorry to hear how negative was your experience of our staff. This was a real shock to read since we are usually...

Vleesbaai
Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

A unique venue that is always buzzing... A creative and alternative energy all around... Ideal escape in the forest... Great food and accommodation. Great walks. Beautiful views. Interesting project and events / festivals on the farm if you are interested in perma culture, holistic living and good music....

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for a lovely review! So glad you enjoyed your stay with us :)

Sao Paulo, SP
Reviewed 1 April 2016

The hotel overall is really nice. Free bunk beds which is quite cool. Every night there is one attraction and everyone will get together with music and singers, is just amazing. Their homemade breakfast and dinner is just wonderful, really good food. However the communal kitchen is just disgusting as it can be, even found a mouse walking on top...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Danielle Thank you for writing a review ☺ We regret that the kitchen was in a mess during the time you stayed with us. It is a beautiful rustic open-air kitchen, and this is why we tell all our guests to store food safely in the cupboards and fridges provided, as wildlife can wander in! We also ask the...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We were travelling back to Cape Town and decided to stop over at Nature's Valley where we learnt about Wild Spirit. It is also a camping spot and very affordable, right in the Tsitsikamma National Forest. We loved the walks in the Magic Forest and felt very safe camping. The place is very eco friendly and although the camping was...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Wild Spirit is probably one of the best hostels i have ever been to and i have seen my fair share of hostels around the globe. The staff were warm and friendly (and as a solo traveller) made me feel really comfortable and included me in all the activities - I even learnt some hula hoop tricks !! The room...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review! So happy you loved it here - and well done on that hula hooping!

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Really torn between "such a beautiful and awesome self-built place!" And "it was gross and the staff was arrogant". The locations is simply amazing, unlike any hostel i ever stayed in. Having said that, the security is very low - we didnt get a room key and there are no lockers. Woke up in the morning to a random dude...

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WildSpiritLodge, Manager at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emma Thanks so much for your review, we appreciate your feedback. I can assure you that, because we do live and operate on a farm, which by nature is rustic, we take cleanliness very seriously here. We are currently in the process of a major re-haul in all of our rooms following a very busy summer season. In fact...

Cobourg, Canada
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Wild Spirits is a unique place on a beautiful property. The views of the forest are amazing from pretty much everywhere.The walks are gorgeous but you need to be very sure on your feet. The waterfall is a delight. The people are interesting and there seem to be a lot of volunteers. There's a free shuttle to a Nature's Valley...

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WildSpiritLodge, Owner at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

So glad you found our place and walks beautiful, and that you enjoyed our meals and staff. We have looked at the room you stayed in and have made plans to address the issues you mention as part of our thorough autumn revamp, now that the busy summer season is coming to an end. We apologise for any inconvenience caused...

Gordon's Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 22 February 2016

We visited Wild Spirit as a family, to attend the wedding of close friends, who chose this venue because of its stunning views and magical atmosphere. The staff were friendly, accommodating and helpful and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. What a stunning setting! Overlooking a forested valley, the gardens are lush - full of trees...

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WildSpiritLodge, Owner at Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! We loved having you here - what a beautiful wedding :) Hope to welcome you here again soon. Best wishes Wild Spirit Management

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge is a well-loved, laid-back and friendly family-run business situated on Khoinania farm in The Crags. Located right on the western tip of the Tsitsikamma National Park, it is literally in the heart of the Garden Route, between Plettenberg Bay and Storm's River. Close to Nature's Valley beach and lagoon this eco-friendly open-minded backpackers is surrounded by indigenous forests with blissful views over the valleys and mountains - the ultimate place to come and relax. Accommodation ranges from simple and lovely private en-suite family and double rooms, to ready-made Safari tents, bunk free dorms and simple off the grid camp sites for budget travellers looking for a quiet place to rest their souls. The beautifully sculpted Driftwood Boma and Tree-house deck are great places to soak up the sun and contemplate the peace of your surroundings whilst meeting new people, or cuddle up in the cosy Log cabin with the cats, dogs and a fire on rainy days. Everyday enjoy yummy nutritious dinners and breakfasts, lovingly prepared with fresh local ingredients. Alternative and sustainable energy designs, creative spaces and organic gardens are dotted around this magical 18-hectare farm. Activities on the farm include swimming in the rock pools of a private 80m Waterfall, or taking a short walk through the indigenous forest to visit the majestic Yellowwood tree. Alternatively, you can get your hands dirty in the gardens, learn a new craft from one of the many skilled staff members, or relax in a tree-house with horses grazing nearby. If you manage to tear yourself away from the beauty of the lodge then there are various animal sanctuaries nearby including elephants, big cats, birds and monkeys, as well as local horse-rides and a great farm stall to pick up some lunch. Nearby Nature's Valley is ideal for nature lovers with walks and hikes in all directions, and is one of the most pristine beaches on the Garden Route. The lagoon down there is also spectacular for swimming, kayaking, and bird-watching. Adrenaline and adventure activities such as the world's highest Bungy jump, Africanyon river adventures, and Tsitsikamma treetop canopy tours are nearby. The come home, relax with sun-downers on the deck, and spend an evening under the stars talking to interesting travellers around the fire whilst the team prepare a delicious home-made dinner with fresh produce from the organic gardens. See their website for more info on facilities, services and the wide range of activities in the area. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wild Spirit Lodge and Backpackers

Address: R102 Nature's Valley Road, Nature's Valley 6602, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Nature's Valley
Price Range: ₹ 1,707 - ₹ 2,731 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
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“The private ensuite room had a super comfy bed.”
 of 5 bubbles crystald824, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Book early in high season.”
  • View and future swimming pool under construction
 of 5 bubbles CornwallBrownies, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are great and away from the central hang out area”
 of 5 bubbles birdonawire2006, 26 Oct 2016 | Read review
“tranquilité des tentes safari mais aussi si vous choisissez de planter votre propre tente”
 of 5 bubbles mariecarolinen, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“I would recommend hopping over to the farmstall for breakfast - it is cheaper, has better options and you can get a nice morning walk in.”
 of 5 bubbles K5062RFalexr, 22 Jul 2016 | Read review
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