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About Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

This small, rustic, eco-minded family-run spot lies on the eastern side of the Mdumbi River mouth in a very rural and remote village called Mngcibe. Wake up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, rare mangroves and forest-lined river.Kitchen is communal (makes for social evenings). Our self catered kitchen, with fridge/freezer, gas stove, and the usual kitchen goodies offers limited space for breakfasts and lunches only. We serve delicious home cooked breakfasts, lunches and house dinners daily.Note that we are completely off the grid, have no municipal water and only rely on harvesting rain water. The area has no electricity and we make use of solar power for lights, gas for fridge, freezer and stove, paraffin for shower.We stock a limited variety of beverages and alcoholic drinks. Be sure to bring along all your favourite treats, drinks, smokes, etc... Spazas only stock a limited amount of the very basics.Horse rides, hiking, snorkeling, fishing, surf lessons, kayaking, scenic boat cruises, cultural dancing, a traditional evening spent with a local Xhosa household (includes traditional meal) or peaceful sundowners at the river edge can all be arranged.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.

  • Response Rate: 99%
  • Response Time: 12 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Backpacker, Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 28
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 9 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Beach
  • Pet Friendly*
  • Hiking
  • 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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