Freedom O Clock Backpackers
Wake up to mind-blowing views of the ocean, beach, rare mangroves and forest-lined Mdumbi River!
This small, rustic, eco-minded family-run spot lies on the eastern side of the Mdumbi River mouth and is located in the rural Pondo village of Mngcibe in a remote and primitive region of the Wild Coast.
The incredible views and access to the beach and river makes this an ideal laid back place to visit for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts who don’t mind roughing it a bit in this unspoilt rural area.
Discovering the safe, secluded, pristine beaches, river estuaries, rare white mangrove swamps and other Wild Coast treasures make the 2 hour trip from the main road well worth it. Coffee Bay is just 45 minutes drive away and there is a very scenic 3 hour hike between Coffee Bay and Mdumbi.
Freedom O Clock is owned and managed by Otto, Lu and little Coral-Bella, who all have a great love for nature and the ocean. “We love hanging out with guests, sharing info on the area , enjoying a cold one on the deck while watching astonishing sunsets and sharing stories about the days adventure around the fire.”
It must be noted that Freedom O Clock is completely off the grid and rely only on harvesting rain water. The area has no electricity and we make use of solar power for lights, gas for fridge, freezer and stove and paraffin for showers.
For those who have not yet traveled to the Wild Coast it should be pointed out that you will be traveling in an under-developed region. The variety and quality of goods and services you may be accustomed to are not always readily available. We are set in a remote and primitive region, where even the provision of fresh water can not be taken for granted. If you prefer luxury to comfortable living then the Freedom O Clock may not be for you.
Freedom O Clock offers rustic, simple, clean and comfortable holiday and backpacking accommodation with incredible views. We offer private rooms, a dormitory hut/bungalow, a pre-pitched safari tent and camping space for you to pitch your own rig.
SURF, FISH and RELAX are 3 rooms in a L-shaped building which offers the most insanely awesome views of the ocean, beach and river.
All rooms are private and have sliding doors out onto a sundeck. The dormitory hut is set away from the main buildings with amazing river views. The Safari Tent is located amongst beautiful indigenous trees with a good view of the ocean and point. Freedom O Clock can sleep 16 people indoors.
Camping is “freestyle” and is not your usual demarcated resort camp spot. Camp spots are geared towards campers who are self-sufficient and enjoy the WILD side of camping. There are 2 spots close to the main house where campers with a small tent can camp. You will need a 4×4 or a good bakkie should you want your vehicle parked at your tent or else your vehicle can securely be left at the main house if need.
- Communal fire pit
- No electricity on site
- No running water on site
- Clean longdrop toilet on site
- Ablutions with flush toilet and shower is a short walk up the hill
- Unfortunately there is not much shade (yet). Most folk bring along gazebo’s etc.