Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha
Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha

Vukani Backpackers, Mthatha

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+50 Traveller Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Party Hostel Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
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Vukani Backpackers Reviews

Mdumbi is well set up for budget travelers, as there are a number of places offering hostel-style dorm accommodation, and Vukani Backpackers is the cheapest and most basic hostel located right in the heart of Tshani village.

The Location

Sitting right by the dirt road that cuts through Tshani village on its way to the beach, you can't miss this place. It sits on a ridge above the estuary with great views of it and the Indian Ocean where whales can be seen in season. The beach is just a ten-minute walk away and there are a couple of local shops almost next door.

Rooms and Bathrooms

This very basic place is for those penny pinchers or for travelers wanting a more authentic rural South African village experience. The rooms are in round, mud-hut style in keeping with the village, except for one long building that houses three of the double rooms and looks directly out over the estuary. There are two dorms, one of eight beds and one of ten beds. The dorms are rustic but ok, and the mattresses are a little thin, but the beds are very cheap. The common showers are gas powered, so hot water should be available when there is no electricity and there are candles and paraffin lamps in the rooms in case of power outages, but they do have a generator. There are no power points in the dorms.

Common Spaces

The common kitchen is large and bright, but doesn't have too many pots and pans and other utensils. There are two gas rings only; there's no toaster or microwave and just one fridge. The kitchen also has two tables with chairs where you can eat, and there is a small room off the kitchen with a charging station for your electrical devices.


If you want to be in the heart if Tshani village life, then this fits the bill with the associated rustic lifestyle. The beds are very cheap and there is a local bar and small restaurant just down the road. If you want to self-cater, bring everything with you as the small local shops only stock very basic provisions and the nearest supermarket is around sixty kilometers away. There are no keys for the dorm huts; the unlocked doors are potentially a security issue. Vukani is run and owned by a local family and is a useful fall-back, if the other places are full.
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Vukani Sign and Front Gate
Accommodation Huts
Common Kitchen
Charging Station
Double Room
View of Estuary From Double Rooms
8-Bed Dorm
10-Bed Dorm
Common Bathrooms
Londonroad Staff Reviewer
Published on 2017-08-18


Location and Contact




Address: 3, Beach road, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Website Vukani Backpackers Mthatha
Phone Number: +27718576989
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

Dinner (R85)

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Camping Allowed Onsite

Concierge/Info Desk


Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating



Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: All Ages

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: Closing -7am

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 8am-10pm

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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