Elundini surpassed all expectations. Lieve was always available by phone as I called with questions, directions, informing that I was late, etc. So that was reassuring. I arrived and Lieve had prepared a delicious meal of steak and pap which was just perfect after a long road trip. She and her husband were lovely company and gave me the best tips for hiking in Hogsback the next two days. There are so many options there and I must say their advice was spot on, taking into consideration weather conditions, timing, distance, etc. Elundini is located just outside of Hogsback in an idyllic setting and in a quiet, traditional Xhosa village with very friendly locals. It is a great place to get that Out of Africa experience. I did some hikes from the lodge just up the hill and was rewarded with lovely views. Wish I had time to do the trail that Lieve's husband actually made with tree markings and all, but that will be next time. It was also fun to hang out with her children and those of her neighbors. Very cute and a great way to learn a few Xhosa words. The rondavels are spotless and huge. The bathrooms and showers clean and the water nice and piping hot, good water pressure. I must say I much preferred Elundini to other similar African community backpackers such as Bulungula. Definitely stay here - was only sorry I was there for two nights. Could have stayed much longer if I did not have to rush to Grahamstown. But will most definitely be back. And Hogsback and surroundings are gorgeous, beautiful mountains, forests, waterfalls and safe. Go for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This backpackers gives you a true Xhosa experience you won't find in any brochure. Stay in tradional rondavels and join the activities organised by local people trough their 100% self owned businesses. At night have a sundowner around the campfire and gaze at the galaxy of stars on a moonlit evening. A true sense of living guaranteed. ... more less
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