Surf Travel Company

Mdumbi Beach Surf Camp - Mthatha, Eastern Cape. South Africa


Swell Eco Lodge Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews.

Spectacular sea views, jumping whales, roaming cattle and a view of rural life in this wonderful village is only a part of your holiday experience! Our lodge is made up of traditional Rondavel structures which blend into its beautiful surroundings and our interiors are modern, calming and artistic.


Join us now for a South African holiday with a personal touch you will never forget! We offer exclusive Transkei Wild Coast accommodation with modern stylish interiors and traditional Xhosa exteriors. Our newly renovated lodge offers self-catering (catering on request – no restaurant on-site) accommodation.


The lodge consists of one sea facing honeymoon/family unit, three sea facing duplex units each consisting of two rooms, two garden view rondavels. Relaxing is so easy here, but if you have some extra energy, we have lots of activities for you to try out! We offer a little bit of everything for everyone.


Luxury Family/Honeymoon Rondavel

This unit truly is luxury accommodation in the Transkei, with a gorgeous, spacious upstairs loft bedroom that has an incredible view of the ocean and surrounding landscape. The downstairs consists of a second bedroom and a shared bathroom that has a double shower.


The open plan kitchen/living area is spacious with french doors opening out onto a large deck to relax on. This unit is done out in a stylish design that incorporates both modern and antique finishes and boasts the best view of the lodge. Each bedroom has a king sized bed (or 2 single beds). There is one double sleeper couch, fully equipped self-catering kitchen equipped with a side by side electric Fridge/Freezer and gas oven/stove and a webber which can be used to cook on the deck.

Sea Facing Duplex Rooms/Units

These sea facing units have remarkable Transkei sea views with large decks to unwind on and spacious, modern rooms to relax. The kitchen and living areas are open plan and beautifully designed with a modern concrete finish. Each unit consists of 2 en-suite bedrooms that are rented separately and share a kitchen living area.


Each bedroom has a king sized bed (or 2 single beds) as well as a double sleeper couch. Fully equipped self-catering kitchen equipped with a gas oven/stove, electric chest freezer and fridge. Each unit has its own braai area.

Garden View Rondavels

These 2 rooms are our original Rondavels with spacious open plan interiors  that face a North Westerly direction and open onto a garden area. The large detached kitchen has a picture perfect Transkei sea view and a large living area.


En-suite bathrooms, the kitchen is shared between the 2 Rondavels. Each bedroom has a king sized bed (or 2 single beds) and extra single beds if needed. Fully equipped detached self-catering kitchen equipped with a gas oven/stove, electric chest freezer and fridge. Webber braai available for outside use.


  • Surf Lessons
  • Surfboard hire
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Day walks
  • Day outings
  • Mountain Biking (please bring your own bike)
  • Kids activities
  • Special lunches, picnics etc. can be arranged for your special someone on a special occasion
  • Pool table – communal area
  • DSTV – Communal area



The Wild Coast is an unspoiled natural treasure. Visitors can explore its renowned beauty on foot, by 4×4 or horseback before embarking on fishing expeditions or snorkelling and diving outings. The seaside villages along the Wild Coast have been the traditional holiday haunt of families for many generations.


We are situated on the North side of the Mdumbi River which is one of the most rural and unspoilt areas left of the Wild Coast coastline. We have other gorgeous beaches around the area such as Lwandile, Presley’s Bay. Coffee Bay & Hole in the Wall are just an hours drive away from us. 


If you would like to experience the real Wild Coast with non-crowded line ups and real African culture, here is the place to be.

Getting Here


Please note, our lodge is off the beaten track and you will travel on gravel road to get to the lodge. You do not need a 4×4 to get to our lodge but a vehicle with higher clearance recommended. You can get here in a small car but you just need to take it very slow on the gravel.You can always call us to see what the state of the road condition is like at the time.



We do offer airport transfers (Mthatha airport)

The closest town is 1 1/2 hours away. 


Please note: Minimum room price is 2 adults sharing.


Catering is offered on request at least a week before arrival:
Breakfast: R90 per person
Lunch: R90 per person
Dinner: R150 – R200 per person (2 or 3 course).



11 Jan – 17 March
06 April – 21 April
03 May – 15 June
21 June – 23 June
20 July – 9 Dec


18 March – 05 April
22 April – 02 May
16 June – 20 June
24 June – 19 July
10 Dec – 10 Jan





R375 per PERSON

Extra person R200

Children 7-16 years R100

Children 0-6 years FREE

R500 per PERSON

Extra person R150

Children 7-16 years R120

Children 0-6 years FREE


R2000 per UNIT



R375 per PERSON

Extra person R200

Children 7-16 years R100

Children 0-6 years FREE

R600 per PERSON

Extra person R300

Children 7-16 years R150

Children 0-6 years FREE


R2400 per UNIT



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