Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat

This small, rustic, eco-minded family-run spot lies on the eastern side of the Mdumbi River mouth in a very rural and remote village called Mngcibe. Wake up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, rare mangroves and forest-lined river.Kitchen is communal (makes for social evenings). Our self catered kitchen, with fridge/freezer, gas stove, and the usual kitchen goodies offers limited space for breakfasts and lunches only. We serve delicious home cooked breakfasts, lunches and house dinners daily.Note that we are completely off the grid, have no municipal water and only rely on harvesting rain water. The area has no electricity and we make use of solar power for lights, gas for fridge, freezer and stove, paraffin for shower.We stock a limited variety of beverages and alcoholic drinks. Be sure to bring along all your favourite treats, drinks, smokes, etc... Spazas only stock a limited amount of the very basics.Horse rides, hiking, snorkeling, fishing, surf lessons, kayaking, scenic boat cruises, cultural dancing, a traditional evening spent with a local Xhosa household (includes traditional meal) or peaceful sundowners at the river edge can all be arranged.For those who have not yet travelled to the Wild Coast it should be pointed out that you will be travelling in an under-developed region. The variety and quality of goods and services you may be accustomed to are not always readily available.Freedom O Clock Backpacking Retreat is set in a remote and primitive region, where even the provision of fresh water can not be taken for granted. Taking this into account we aim to achieve the highest possible standards and we feel it is best to make you aware of this.If you prefer luxury to comfortable living then Freedom O Clock may not be for you.

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  • "The great view and atmosphere"

    09 January 2018

    "The owners are incredibly friendly people, always up for a chat and never to busy to help. Just be aware that the place is very rustic and the roads going in and out are in a very poor state."

    James Schmidt
  • "Magic in Mdumbi"

    24 November 2017

    "Incredible place! A little piece of paradise on the edge of the world. Lu and Otto are fantastic hosts with a truelly magical thing going on at this backpackers. The road there was a tad tricky but only adds to the adventure and for the views and tranquillity totally worth it. Accommodation was nice and clean and profered meals home cooked and tasty. Would recommend sticking around more that on one night for the full experience and to properly unwind."

    Siobhan Oelofsen
  • "What an amazing surprise"

    19 September 2017

    "We LOVED it here, so remote, untouched ... real freedom from the clock!!"

    Jacoline Roux
  • "Great place"

    03 March 2017

    "Very nice setting. Friendly host"

    M Croukamp
  • "Disgusting"

    29 March 2016

    "<p>Hi, I have never been so disappointed in my 40 odd years of going to the Transkei, I was devastated on arrival with my guests from Cape Town, besides been so ashamed of putting my family and guests through what I call absolute Hogwash, they should be taken off the map completely, in fact I should demand at least half my money back, I am not interested in going intoall the detail but really, how SafariNow can accommodate this place is beyond words, that is all I have to say. We came back 2 days before we were to leave. I will never go back there, ever.</p><p>Regards</p><p>Herman Korte</p><p><em><strong>ESTABLISHMENT RESPONSE:</strong></em></p><p><em>Hi Herman,</em></p><p><em>I must say that I was unpleasantly surprised to see your review on Safarinow. I understand that Freedom O Clock might not be everyone's "cup of tea", but what I don't understand is why you didn't say anything while you were here.</em></p><p><em>You were booked in for 3 nights. You stayed for 2. Every morning on asking your group how you slept and if everything was all fine, you personally replied everything was great. You even commented on how peacefully you slept in the rondavel. You not once seemed grumpy..... (we actually really enjoyed your company). </em></p><p><em>When you decided to leave a day early and I asked if there was a particular reason, your reply was that you wanted to show your family Coffee Bay and Hole in the Wall and didn't want to drive there and back and then just to head back that way the next morning when you were meant to depart.</em></p><p><em>I am sorry that you felt that this place was "disgusting" and that you had such a terrible time. I would never have said so after hearing your face to face comments (from yourself and other people in your group), you guys enjoying the beach, evening braais and crayfish feasts, chats on the deck. What about your comment in the guest book? See pic attached.</em></p><p><em>I would appreciate your constructive criticism.</em></p><p><em>Kind Regards</em></p><p><em>Lu</em></p><p><em><br /></em></p><p></p>"

    Herman Korte, South Africa
  • "Freedom bliss"

    23 December 2013

    "We had eight days of immersion in a real, friendly, rural South Africa with completely amazing views, beaches, river and ocean swimming, and a memorable canoe up the river. Lu and Otto have created a rare treat of welcome, care, and connection with a local community within a stunning environment."

    Tally Palmer, South Africa
  • "Highly recommended!"

    14 January 2013

    "The place is a real gem with lovely hosts and a great setting in unspoiled nature. Would recommend to anyone who looks for something off the beaten track."

    Arne Etzold, South Africa
  • "A true escape from reality"

    06 May 2012

    "Lu and Otto were fantastic hosts, who made u feel welcome and cared for in the most rural of rural settings of the Transkei. A place were electricity and warm water are a luxury, Freedom O'Clock provided a sense of tranquility and a feeling of where time doesn't exist. A true escape from reality to people who's rural existance is often forgotten."

    Brendan Toy, South Africa
  • "Great stay"

    19 September 2011

    "Great stay and getaway. Great views."

    Flip Joubert, South Africa
  • "Very nice"

    22 April 2011

    "We enjoyed the great hospitality of Otto and Lu, the beautiful unspoilt beach and living in harmony with nature in the guest house."

    Wolfgang Schulze, South Africa
  • "Great"

    12 April 2011

    "A wonderfull relaxing place to stay with pristine beaches, kilometers of estuary and mangroves. Miles from the maddening croud. Clean and comfortable. Hope you enjoy oysters and crayfish."

    Gordon Low, South Africa
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