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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a "love it - hate it" place, we totally felt in love with it, in spite of 3 days of rain, bad and muddy roads to get there and only very basic services and amenities. It is a great experience of Xhosa life, I wish we stayed there longer and I hope to be able to visit again.

Thank Sap145
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you want feel the xhosa culture, this place is perfect for it. We had a amazing village Tour and a good canoing tour. Breakfast is okay and Dinner really good! Be aware that the description How to get there is not really precise!

1 Thank Fabian K
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

This place is incredible, if you are driving along the wild coast (or even if you're not planning on it) you must stay here! A gentlemen started this lodge always knowing that he wanted to turn over ownership to the local Xhosa community. And in 2014 that's exactly what he did! This place is 100% community owned and run and... More 

Thank Nicolette N
Grenoble, France
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Reviewed 4 September 2016

We spent three days at Bulungula lodge, an ensemble of rondavels located in a wonderful position between the sea, the river and the smooth surrounding hills. The two hours of white road needed to arrive there are soon forgotten once you are there.This is a place where you can easily forget your world and enter in a another dimension, in... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2016

We had a lovely three night stay at Bulungula and enjoyed it very much. The journey from the main road is somewhat arduous, (just over two hours over not great roads) but is interesting and gives you an insight into rural life in this part of South Africa. We had a rondavel for 4 which had nothing in it bar... More 

1 Thank Eluned1
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Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend booked to stay for two nights at Bulungula Lodge, but only ended up staying for one, and for good reason... Firstly we were aware of the road condition on the way there and knew our little polo may struggle at times. But we were surprised at how easily it coped. However, the car was pretty much... More 

3 Thank Phoebe T
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

Out of three weeks in South Africa, Bulugula is definitely one of the major highlights of my travel. The location of town is little hard to get to, but you won't regret the effort once you get here because of the beauty of its hills and oceans. I had stayed in a dozen of lodgings in SA and it was... More 

Thank Mike L
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

This place is something different. Being 100% community owned, this is a great initiative for empowering the local Xhosa people. Bulungula Lodge offers a variety of activities, ranging from a guided tour through the village, horse rides, to massages or canoeing. The money goes directly to the community. If you don't feel like engaging in any sorts of activity, this... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016

I have been to a lot of places in the Wild Coast. This is probably my favourite - although choosing a favourite in the Wild Coast is tricky! It is a very short walk to the beach and river mouth - I don't know of another backpackers in this area closer to a beach. The setting (like the rest of... More 

Thank LikeFully
La Gaulette, Black River, Mauritius
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Our stay at Bulungula lodge was really the best part of our holidays along the wild coast. Amazing setting and view over the beach & sea, rustic, colourful and fun decoration in the common areas. We absolutely loved the hot showers concept- very original, and the dry toilets. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Lunch & Dinner at Bulungula... More 

Thank Virginia L

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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A community-based eco-lodge on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world in the heart of a traditional Bomvana (Xhosa) community. Fair Trade accredited. Many fun, informative and authentic cultural and adventure tours/activities every day. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bulungula Lodge

Address: Bulungula River Mouth | Elliotdale District, Nqileni Village 5070, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Nqileni Village
Price Range: €9 - €21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Bulungula Hotel Nqileni Village
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“Rooms are great to share with the whole family!”
 of 5 bubbles nicoletten311, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The rondavels are lovely and have lovely views”
  • Our cosy rondavel
 of 5 bubbles Eluned1, 14 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Rondawels overlooking the lagoon have nicest view, but are the most exposed to the wind.”
  • A short walk across the mouth and that beach is all yours
 of 5 bubbles LikeFully, 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“ask for rooms1-9 near the chill out area”
 of 5 bubbles rumblec, 13 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The rondaavels along the west side (pink) probably afford the best views.”
 of 5 bubbles C3123ZXmarkh, 31 Jan 2016 | Read review
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