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Welcome to Mdumbi, a backpackers with panoramic Wild Coast views nestled in the heart of the Transkei and infused with the culture of the amaXhosa. We are an award-winning backpackers that promotes community involvement and sustainable eco-tourism.


Travel to this remote part of South Africa and you will immediately know why people rave about this destination. The Transkei, which Nelson Mandela regarded as home, is one of the only remaining areas in South Africa where you can get a real African experience: chiefs are the authority, livestock the currency and deep-routed myths the philosophy of the amaXhosa who populate the mudbrick houses that scatter the rolling hills. 


Boasting one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, secluded white sand beaches and endless exploring, the Wild Coast is an area not to be missed on a visit to South Africa.

Why stay at Mdumbi?

  • Voted best beach in Southern Africa

  • World-class surf with no crowds

  • Incredible hiking and exploration opportunities 

  • Winner of the silver award for "best for poverty reduction" at the World Responsible Tourism Awards

  • Safe, hospitable and vibrant village

  • ​Friendly and knowledgeable staff

  • Seasonal whale and dolphin watching

  • All activities owned by local community members

  • Voted "favourite hidden gem" by Getaway Magazine.

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