Winner of Community Builder of the Year Award 2014 for best accommodation!

Voted best backpackers in the Eastern Cape of South Africa - January 2016 - by The Guardian! Check it here.

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Only 20 minutes away from Hogsback, high in the Amatola Mountains lies the picturesque Xhosa village of Elundini. Created from the desire to show tourists the 'other side' of South Africa, this backpackers has it all. Great views, yummy food, cozy vibes and most of all...the exchange of cultural experiences makes it all a difference. 

Elundini Backpackers is a community orientated and an eco-friendly backpackers. We are almost completely of the grid and depend mostly on renewable energy. Electricity is generated from our solar panels. Solar geysers and our 'donkey' are warming up our water.  Rain water is harvested from the roof and stored in tanks. We also use rain water for drinking.  We do not have flushing toilets but use compost toilets instead. All water is recycled.

All our rondavels are build in the traditional way with thatched roofs and mud and cow dung walls and floors. In the main building we use natural finishes such as wooden tiles, cane and natural stone found in the area. All traditional building materials are bought locally within a distance of 30 km. In this way we try to minimise our carbon footprint.

All our activities are organised by the people from the local community through their 100% self-owned business. Recently we started the process for being Fair Trade Accredited.

Traveling on the problem. Take the City to City bus to Alice (+/-R180). The bus leaves every day at 13.10h at the bus station in East London 200m away from your Bazbus stop. Get of at Fort Hare University in Alice (yes, where Nelson Mandela studied). Your pick up from Alice, dinner on arrival and your 1st beer will be absolutely FREE! Book your ticket on

This month's special: guided mountain bike tour for only R180 p/p. Cross 4 local villages, enjoy the amazing landscape, interact with the local community and enjoy our top bikes!

Click on the Tripadvisor link below to see what other guests have to say about us! Elundini Backpackers also earned 4 green hearts for Green Acts from Lovetostay!!