Wild Spirit

A hippie community in South Africa
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“I find myself at a hippie community right in the forests of Tsitsikamma,self-sufficient and free as a bird. At night, we dance bare feet in the grass. Such an unique experience, one to remember.”

Located deep in the unspoiled heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route is the extraordinary place that is Wild Spirit Backpackers. It’s designed with the discerning independent traveller in mind and has the ultimate bohemian gypsy vibe. I’ve stayed in a double room, but Wild Spirit offers a range of accommodation options including en-suite double, twin and family rooms, as well as bunk-free dorms, safari tents, tipis and camping sites.

Wild Spirit is a family-run experience in green living and alternative travel, Wild Spirit caters for conscious explorers and open-minded travellers who are seeking something slightly different off the regular tourist track.

This is a creative, organic, spontaneous space where interesting people gather to exchange energy, skills and ideas in an exquisite natural setting. If you enjoy expansive conversations around a fire, alternative therapies, exploring rainforests and eating wholesome food, then this is your place. If you prefer fancy up-market facilities, partying all night long, and complaining about spiders, then it is not.

Enjoy the Night Owl Bar, a large self-catering kitchen, library, yoga space, recycling depot, delicious homemade meals, and lots more. I adore their Tree House Deck & Boma area, with its stunning views. It’s a space where everyone relaxes together at breakfast time over coffee or around an open fire in the evening. Parties happen too! I had a blast listening to Josh Roxton playing in an old open air hippie van. There are regular drum workshops and visiting musicians who play for their stay.

The Khoinania Farm, home to Wild Spirit, is uniquely located on the western boundary of the Tsistsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. This 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 place 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.

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Laura is a storyteller, passionate earthling, travel writer & free spirit. She is founder of The Boho Guide and travel blog What About Her, fascinated by mountains and always on the road for adventure. She loves wildlife, forests, dresses, tattoos, wine and everything bohemian. Find her where the wild things are…
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