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About Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

Set in the heart of Pondoland at the mouth of the insanely beautiful Mdumbi River, Freedom O'Clock offers comfortable accommodation with commanding views of the ocean, river, mountains, and Tshani point with its perfect right-hand wave and beach breaks.

Surfing, fishing, canoeing, hiking and biking, snorkelling, bird watching and horse riding are just a few of the activities to busy your day, or just relax and take in the beautiful rural surroundings.

For those who have not yet travelled to the Wild Coast it should be pointed out that you will be travelling in an under-developed region. The variety and quality of goods and services you may be accustomed to are not always readily available.

Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat is set in a remote and primitive region, where even the provision of fresh water can not be taken for granted. Taking this into account we aim to achieve the highest possible standards and we feel it is best to make you aware of this.

If you prefer luxury to comfortable living then Freedom O Clock may not be for you.

Beach: Incredible ocean, beach and river views from all our rooms. Our beach was also rated SA's best beach by Getaway magazine.

Family friendly: As we are family run, we love having other families share in our paradise and beautiful outdoor lifestyle. The area is extremely safe and you can feel secure in knowing that your children can play "outside the gates.

Romantic: If your idea of romantic is Mother Nature...picnic on a secluded beach or a sunrise pancake breakfast on a rolling green hill overlooking the ocean, then look no further.


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • Budget
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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                      Reviews for Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

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                      Herman Korte, South Africa
                      29 March 2016

                      Hi, I have never been so disappointed in my 40 odd years of going to the Transkei, I was devastated on arrival with my guests from Cape Town, besides been so ashamed of putting my family and guests through what I call absolute Hogwash, they should be taken off the map completely, in fact I should demand at least half my money back, I am not interested in going into all the detail but really, how SafariNow can accommodate this place is beyond words, that is all I have to say. We came back 2 days before we were to leave. I will never go back there, ever.RegardsHerman KorteESTABLISHMENT RESPONSE:...
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                      Lisa Findt, South Africa
                      15 December 2015

                      Definitely a place where heaven kissed earth. Very lovely and kind hosts.Definitely visiting again.

                      Stella Koppel, South Africa
                      21 May 2014

                      We had a great stay, Otto and Lu were wonderful hosts, we experienced the true Wild Coast. We did not have a 4x4 vehicle and would like to warn others that I believe an off-road vehicle is required to travel the 25 odd km of dirt road.

                      Tally Palmer, South Africa
                      23 December 2013

                      We had eight days of immersion in a real, friendly, rural South Africa with completely amazing views, beaches, river and ocean swimming, and a memorable canoe up the river. Lu and Otto have created a rare treat of welcome, care, and connection with a local community within a stunning environment.

                      Arne Etzold, South Africa
                      14 January 2013

                      The place is a real gem with lovely hosts and a great setting in unspoiled nature. Would recommend to anyone who looks for something off the beaten track.

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                      Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat Map

                      Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat is 1.2km from the centre of Mdumbi Beach , the nearest airport 73.6km (Mthatha Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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                      (0.4 km from Mdumbi Beach)

                      1 review

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                      (0.3 km from Mdumbi Beach)

                      Mdumbi’s classic point break is voted one of the best in the world, rated as epic. When this break runs, it runs gooood!

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                      (6.8 km from Mdumbi Beach)

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