Bulungula refers to a magical hidden gem located at the mouth of the Bulungula river next to the Indian Ocean at the heart of the Transkei Wild Coast. It is a lodge which is incredibly remote, but at the same time entirely part of the serene Ngileni village. This local community has created a wonderful lodge to accommodate tourists in traditional Xhosa huts right next to their own settlements. The Bulungula lodge is 100% owned and run by the Bulungula community members. The Bulungula community affectionally refers to their lodge as a ‘place in paradise’ and I could only fully agree with this. So if you are looking for an authentic place and way to experience daily Xhosa life and culture you are at the absolute right spot.
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Where to sleep in the garden route? Looking for Hidden Gems at the Garden Route? Or unique places to stay close to Knysna? We've came up with a list that we tested out ourselves, and highly recommend you staying. None of the accommodations has paid or given us anything in return for this article. We just really liked these places, and think you might like the too! Check also our 5 day Garden Route Itinerary.
On your way to the Garden Route we recommend it to take a couple days in the Swellendam area. This is a beautiful area that is often overlooked by tourist. It contains two national parks, and one of the most beautiful and oldest villages in the western cape.
Are you planning a 5-day trip along the beautiful garden route in South Africa? Or do you still need to decide if five days are long enough for the garden route? This article will help you on your journey. The garden route can be done in many ways. From the short 3-day itinerary to spending a couple weeks on the Garden route. It depends on how much time you have on your trip. We always encourage that going a bit slower - thus taking more time - is the better option for the Garden Route. As there is a lot of things you can do. And the region is very big.
Want to camp unfenced in the bush at Kruger Park? Looking for a 4x4 track in Kruger National Park? Or, are you a wilderness lover who wants to be submerged in the outback of Kruger Park for 5 days without dealing with the queues of cars? Then the Lebombo 4x4 Eco-Trail is your ultimate next journey! It's considered the best 4x4 eco-trail in Southern Africa. The trail consists of a total of 500km covered in 5 days of driving (we drove 630km in total - it depends on your guide), whereby you drive mainly on 'no entry' roads. You are accompanied by an experienced senior ranger, who will share plenty of his knowledge about animals, birds, plants, ecosystems and history of the Kruger National Park. The trail starts at Crocodile Bridge (Krokodillenburg) in the South of Kruger. After 5 days, you will finish up North at Crooks' Corner in Pafuri. The Lebombo 4x4 trail is absolutely the best trail in the Kruger National Park! You can book a ticket via SANparks website. Often it's fully booked 1 year in advance..In this blog, we share our experiences of the Lebombo trail, including tips and tricks for those planning to drive the trail.
Of course, you’ve heard about Capetown, but are you familiar with the Cape Peninsula or Cape Point? This is the stunning region where Capetown is situated at. You will come across beautiful nature, with pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, an abundance of birds and incredible ocean views! The best part is: that it makes a fantastic road trip for a day from Capetown. This was the perfect way to familiarize ourselves with Zazu, our Landcruiser. You can opt-in to book a tour to Cape Pensinsula, or just like us go for a self-drive day-trip. Make sure to leave early in the morning so you have plenty of time for all the stops
Traveling to South Africa
South Africa is a beautiful country with plenty to see and do. Whether you're planning a safari adventure or a beach vacation, there are plenty of travel tips to keep in mind when visiting this stunning destination. First and foremost, it's important to do your research before you go. South Africa has a rich history and culture, so take some time to learn about the country's past and present. You'll also want to familiarize yourself with the local customs and etiquette, as well as any safety concerns.
When it comes to getting around, there are several transportation options available. Renting a car is a popular choice, but be aware that driving in South Africa can be challenging, especially if you're not used to driving on the left-hand side of the road. Alternatively, you can take public transportation or book a private tour.
One of the highlights of any trip to South Africa is the wildlife. From lions and elephants to penguins and whales, there are plenty of opportunities to see exotic animals up close. However, it's important to be respectful of their natural habitats and keep a safe distance at all times. Discovery the best National Parks on the Garden Route.
Another must-see destination in South Africa is Cape Town. With its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and iconic landmarks like Table Mountain and Robben Island, this city has something for everyone.
Be sure to check out the local cuisine, which blends African, European, and Asian flavors for a truly unique culinary experience. Overall, South Africa is an incredible destination that offers something for every type of traveler. With a little planning and preparation, you can have a safe and unforgettable trip filled with adventure and discovery.