Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge

Welcome to Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge.

Located deep in the unspoiled heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, surrounded by the indigenous forests, pristine beaches and high mountains of Tsitsikamma National Park, Nature's Valley and Plettenberg Bay, is the extraordinary place that is Wild Spirit Backpackers. Designed with the discerning independent traveller in mind, Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge provides top quality, keenly priced accommodation for individuals, families and larger groups. Whether you choose to enjoy this spectacular setting as a base from which to explore the local attractions or as a peaceful place to just relax and unwind, Wild Spirit Backpackers really has no equal!

Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge

At the Heart of the Garden Route.

The Khoinania Farm, home to Wild Spirit, is uniquely located on the western boundary of the Tsistsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. Our family run eco-friendly backpackers is only 5km from the stunning beach at Natures Valley, 20km from all the attractions of Plettenberg Bay, and 30km from Storms River.

The lodge is surrounded by beautiful woodland gardens and lies adjacent to valleys of indigenous rain forest and multicoloured hilltops of fynbos in flower. Breathtaking views of the ethereal Peak Formosa, the highest point in the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, are enjoyed from every deck and balcony at Wild Spirit.

While over-development threatens to engulf many of the natural wonders of the Western Cape, here at Wild Spirit you will experience first hand the pristine botanical life that originally gave The Garden Route its name.

Garden Route Map. Plettenberg Bay, The Crags and Natures Valley
Location Distance Drive Time
Cape Town 600km 7hrs
George 110km 1.5hrs
Knysna 40km 40mins
Plettenberg Bay 20km 20mins
Storms River 30km 30mins
Port Elizabeth 250km 3hrs

We are an official BazBus stop. Buses arrive and depart daily.

Things to Do, Places to See...

Southern Right Whale, Salt River Mouth

Wild Spirit is ideally situated close to the exquisite beaches, rivers and lagoon of Natures Valley where the world renowned five day Otter Trail ends and the mountainous Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail begins. Famously displaying some of the most scenic mountains and stretches of fynbos, forest and coastline in all of Southern Africa, Tsitsikamma National Park also offers many excellent day hikes and nature trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Southern Right and Humpback whales are regularly seen here in the winter months and dolphins can be spotted all year round.

Closer to home, a short stroll down our garden path will lead you through a lush forested valley to deep rock pools at the base of our very own little 80 metre waterfall. This is one of several gentle walks in the area immediately around Wild Spirit.

We also recently added 12 brand new high-quality mountain bikes to our activities for guests to rent and ride around the beautiful valley where we're based. We have wonderful routes from the lodge to the beach as well as to and from the amazing Bloukrans Pass.

Wild Spirit is also just a 5 minute drive from the most popular eco-attractions in the Western Cape. These include Monkey Land , Birds of Eden , The Elephant Sanctuary , Tenikwa Wildcat Sanctuary , Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary , Africanyon and Lawnwood Snake Park .

Local art and craft studios plus a variety of excellent restaurants and farm shops are all to be found within a 10km radius.

The location of Wild Spirit Lodge makes it an ideal hub for venturing out to the worlds' highest bungy jump at Bloukrans Bridge (only 15km away) or any of the numerous other adrenalin-inducing activities on offer at Storms River and Plettenberg Bay. These adventures regularly keep the daredevils amongst our guests busy for days!

Whatever appeals most, strolling along the beach, canoeing on the lagoon or free-falling from an aircraft, check out our activities page where you will find a comprehensive list of things to do and places to go in the area surrounding Wild Spirit Backpackers.

Our Accommodation.

We offer a range of comfortable accommodation options including en-suite double, twin and family rooms, as well as bunk-free dorms, safari tents, tipis and camping sites - all with convenient access to shower rooms & toilets, the self-catering farmhouse kitchen and the various other meeting areas. Check out our accommodation page for further details.

Enjoy free Wi-Fi, the Night Owl Bar, a large self-catering kitchen, laundry service, library, yoga space, recycling depot, delicious homemade meals, and lots more besides. Our Tree House Deck & Boma area is known for its stunning views and creative architecture, a space where everyone relaxes together at breakfast time over coffee or around an open fire in the evening. Parties happen too! There are regular drum workshops and visiting musicians play for their stay. We provide free advance bookings and shuttle services for all local activities. This is an official Baz Bus stop. Check out the social networking sites below for upcoming events.