The Mantis & Moon Backpacker Lodge is a vibrant jungle hostel for surfers, party people, and yoga admirers.
The Mantis & Moon Backpacker Lodge is located approximately a hundred kilometers south of Durban on the coast. It is easy to get there by car; parking is not a problem. Many travelers in South Africa use the BazBus to travel safely -- this special bus made for mainly young, international travelers will drop you off safely at the hostel and pick you up from there. The hostel is located on a very quiet street in a quiet neighborhood with some holidays houses, so it is difficult to get there by public transportation other than the BazBus. Rides into town to go grocery shopping can be organized from the hostel. A blue flag beach is just around the corner, less than five minutes to walk.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are a variety of rooms. Double cabins and en suite cabins are available as well as normal dorms, a jungle hut, and a tee-pee tent. Moreover, there are also really cool treehouse cabins out of wood in between the banana trees, with a super jungle atmosphere. Unfortunately, the treehouse cabin with six beds is not very spacious -- there's little room to unpack your backpack, but some shelves are available. The balcony is very nice and perfect to dry wet clothes after surfing. One toilet and one shower are on the ground flour of the treehouse cabin, they are clean and in good condition.
Another highlight is the glass cabins with a double bed. Even though there are curtains, it feels like there is no wall between you and jungle. There's also a luxurious bathtub where you can relax.
A big plus is the huge variety of common spaces. The kitchen is well equipped and kept clean. A simple breakfast can be bought there. Next to the kitchen is the living room with a TV, a table with magazines, a bookshelf with international books to borrow and DVDs to watch. Comfortable couches are inviting -- you can hang out or use the good Wi-Fi connection.
Moreover the highlights of this jungle hostel include the well-equipped bar, the jungle shop with gifts, a nice jacuzzi to look where you can look at the stars at night, a pool to cool down on hot days, and table tennis and a pool table. The hostel can be quite social -- the nights at the bar can be loud and long. Some nights there is dinner or braii -- the South African version of BBQ -- offered.
The jewel of the hostel is its own yoga studio. It seems like an open-air studio because it is surrounded by trees and plans that are visible though the windows. Hatha and vinyasa yoga classes are offered on a regular basis.
On the one hand, this is a vibrant party hostel with long party nights. On the other hand, it is a great place to relax, go surfing, or do yoga. Unfortunately it is a very isolated place, with no shopping and few activities possible if you don't come by car, so bring your own groceries. This is a good place for travelers who are into surfing, partying, or doing yoga.