GPS COORDINATES: S32 04 04.7 - E29 05 09.6 - 38 m
BY CAR: From the N2, take the Coffee Bay turn off (about 20km from Mthatha). Follow the road for about 50km until you see the BIG sign to Zithulele Mission Hospital/Hole in the Wall. Turn right onto the new tar road. Follow the road for about 17km. Turn right onto a dirt road about 1km before the hospital. There is a big square silver water tank on stilts at that corner, and immediately afterward a shop called Emthunzini Store. If you have missed the turn off, just turn around at the hospital, drive back for about 2min and take the first road on your left. Follow the road for 5km. (The road is in pretty bad condition but manageable with a 4x4 or a bakkie with high clearance and diff lock - preferably by daylight!) Turn left at the Wild Lubanzi Backpackers sign.
If you have a normal car there is secure parking available at the Putuma turn-off (on the Zithulele Road, at the big sign to Mpame/Tafalehase/Bulungla). Parking is R15 per night, and our shuttle will pick you up from there (R15 per person). SHUTTLE AVAILABLE ONLY ON REQUEST! Please book at least a day in advance. Call us when you take the turn off towards Zithulele Hospital, so we can send the shuttle to pick you up.
PLEASE NOTE: it's a 2 hour drive from the N2 to Wild Lubanzi Backpackers. Make sure you arrive in daylight - the road is difficult to manage at night!!!
BY SHUTTLE: We run shuttles to Mthatha (R90 per person). Our shuttle is on request only and due to availability (sometimes we have no car for weeks) and it is essential that you book your shuttle at least a day in advance.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: From the local taxi rank in Mthatha (or from opposite Shell Ultra City) catch a taxi to Mquanduli (last town on the Coffee Bay road). Draw a little cardboard sign with the letters XAE (code for Mqanduli) and stand at the side of the road - the right taxi, or even a private car, will pick you up. At the taxi rank in Mquanduli (next to Spar) find a taxi to Zithulele Hospital. Get our shuttle (R15 per person) to pick you up from there.
Alternatively, from Mthatha take a taxi or the Coffee Shack Shuttle direction Coffee Bay. Get dropped off at Kwaaiman (the turn-off to Zithulele Hospital). Catch another taxi to Zithulele Hospital, or get our shuttle to pick you up from Kwaaiman (R30 per person).
Give us a call when you are at the Zithulele turn-off, so we can send the shuttle up to the Hospital. THE SHUTTLE IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - PLEASE BOOK AT LEAST A DAY IN ADVANCE!
If you are up for a little walk, don't get off the taxi at Zithulele but ask the driver to take you to the end of the tar road. From there, keep on walking straight towards the coast. When you reach the hilltop above the sea, turn right down the hill, across the beach, a little bit up the hill and then turn right - the big building. Can't miss it.
This is why you need a 4x4 in wet weather!!!
and sometimes even the 4x4's need a little help.
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