About Bulungula

Situated on the breathtaking Wild Coast, the Lodge is nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in South Africa. An eco-friendly, Fair Trade certified, affordable, multi-night destination for South African and overseas visitors alike; the Lodge is superb for budget travelers and cultural wanderers of this Earth.

The Bulungula Lodge sustains local culture and the planet, and is 100% owned and managed by the vibrant, traditional Nqileni village, a Xhosa community. The Xhosa community is an integral part of daily life in and around the Lodge. With no fences, no crime, and no hassles, the village is full of friendly smiles and lots of animals. You are invited to be part of this community throughout your stay – becoming part of the Bulungula Lodge and village community is the whole point of coming here!

The Lodge is powered by the sun and includes the legendary ’rocket’ hot-water showers, our water comes from our own borehole and the virtually odourless compost toilets are the most colourful in Africa. 10 theme-painted traditionally built rondavel huts have beautiful sea and forest views. Stay in permanent tents on platforms under the trees or bring and pitch your own tent. Whichever roof you choose, you’ll sleep well, to the sound of the Indian Ocean’s surf.

Dump your plans and get into the Wild Coast groove

Ready to get here? Get our map here: map 



We offer accommodation in our traditional rondavels, luxury safari tents or on our campground. No matter which one you choose, they all have one thing in common: you will fall asleep and wake up to the beautiful sound of the waves. Please note that we can’t accept campers, as no cars are allowed to park in a 1km radius of the coast. 

Our double rooms are cozy traditional rondavels, with sea or forest view.
Choose between our female or mixed dorm, in traditional rondavels with forest view.
Safari tents in the forest with sea views. Watch dolphins from your bed!
Sleeps: 2 people Sleeps: 6 or 10 people Sleeps: 2 people
Bed Type: 1 double or 2 single Bed Type: Single Bed Type: 1 double or 2 single
Starting Price: R540 Starting Price: R200 Starting Price: R500

Bulungula Activities

Something different happens every day. Many of these businesses are still in their infancy and are not always as professional as you would find in the big cities, but everyone puts their heart and soul into their new venture and as a result there is a unique, fresh edge to these activities. All these businesses are 100% owned and run by members of the local community so your money goes where it’s most needed. Prices for the activities range between ZAR 60 – 250 and need to be paid in cash.


There are many fish in the sea, let our Guide teach you to catch one.


A picturesque half-day guided trip, paddle up or down the beautiful Xhora River.



Choose a guided or non-guided hike to Wild Lubanzi or Coffee Bay.


Get to know Bulungula on horseback or take a journey on our windswept beach.


Treat your body, mind & spirit to a full body, foot or Indian head massage.


Watch the beautiful sunrise from the beach while munching freshly made pancakes.


Ease into your stay & our village with a guided tour by the lovely Thabisa.


Learn with Jabu & be a local woman for a day. All men & kids are welcome!


Wander through our ancient forests with our local Traditional Herbalist, Meldinga.


These lessons are available daily between 2pm-6pm. Lwando is the best drummer in the land.



Take a coastal hike with our friendly guide to our hidden caves and pop out at secret beach


Bring along your surf or body boards and thatha iliza (catch a wave).


We have a Full Menu … and our Kitchen Mamas are ready to serve you Breakfast, Toasted Sandwiches, Lunch, Supper and Dessert. Enjoy a taste of Traditional, Local, and wider South African cuisine … PLUS … we are also proud to announce our new Vegan Menu!

We have a rustic guest kitchen with limited fridge and freezer space. We have a local spaza shop for everyday, basic supplies (rural standards). We recommend you do all your shopping before you reach us … and please leave behind as much of the packaging as possible.

We have a well stocked bar, which also sells munchies… and rolling papers.

Bulungula Incubator

You are also welcome to visit our local award-winning NGO, the Bulungula Incubator. Bulungula Lodge was our first intiative to utilise tourism as a tool to address poverty and inequality. Then we created our local award-winning NGO, the Bulungula Incubator in our quest to sustainability and to end poverty in a generation. Our mission is to be a catalyst in the creation of vibrant and sustainable rural communities. We work with our community members from conception to career with an integrated development strategy in education, health, nutrition and sustainable livelihoods. All our projects are designed, prioritised, implemented and managed in partnership with our community and through traditional and elected leadership structures.


Talk to Us

Tel: +27 (0)47 577 8900 | Alternate: +27 (0)83 391 5525
Email: paradise@bulungula.com
Postal: P.O. Box 43 Mqanduli 5080 South Africa
Physical: Bulungula / Nqileni Village, Elliotdale District
For bookings click here. Download our map here: map

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