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Our Community
The Mdumbi Team

Mdumbi Backpackers is a community-driven incentive which strives to promote  community involvement in sustainable eco-tourism. Mdumbi has a unique ownership model, with the  local employees, the community association, and TransCape (Mdumbi's affiliated NPO) all holding shares in the business. 


 In order to promote local ownership, Mdumbi Backpackers supports staff members in running their own personal  businesses. From Mama Nowethu’s bread to Mama Nosekile’s laundry service, you can be sure that your money goes to the right place. Last year we were honoured by the World Responsible Tourism Awards and won the silver prize for “best for poverty reduction.”


Mdumbi Backpackers is closely involved with the community and helped to establish TransCape, a nonprofit that aims to tackle the significant education, health and socio-economic problems in the community. Transcape’s mission is to provide access to the resources, support, and knowledge necessary for communities to initiate the process of change towards a better quality of life.


Mdumbi Backpackers is proud to support the Mdumbi Education Center and other TransCape projects. Guests are welcome to visit our projects.

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At Mdumbi Backpackers, we believe in Ubuntu.

“In the old days when we were young, a traveller through a country would stop at a village, and he didn’t have to ask for food or water; once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not address themselves. The question therefore is, are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you, and enable it to improve? These are important things in life. And if you can do that, you have done something very important.”

— Nelson Mandela

Mama Nosekile