Moonstruck …

After the adventure of Mkhambathi and the camel trophy conditions the South Coast seemed rather tame, coupled with a howling wind, my brief stop at Mantis and Moon was more a chance to charge my gear and think about where to head next.

gone surfing

Mantis and Moon is a pretty sweet backpackers with all the usual amenities but its definite upside has to be its location in Umzumbe and the piece of land it sits on.


Decorated in African bric a brac, surf images and references to loving and living life it’s definitely worth a stop on your journey up towards Durbs.

umzumbe railway station

The doubles are swell little wooden cottages with en-suite outdoor bathrooms hidden amongst the jungle of banana trees linked by wooden walk ways, If you’re looking for a room with a view you can stay in the tree house accommodation or when budget demands the dorms are pretty cool too.

jungle double

With numerous chill areas all hidden and separated by the teeming jungle its easy to find a place to chill quietly and read in comfy chair.

treehouse living

A swimming pool, hot tub and a bar, that is constantly on the go, round out a really cool backpackers . If you visit the South Coast, this is definitely your stop.


Personally Umzumbe reminds me of so much of beautiful coastline ruined by face brick mansions and Tuscan Villa’s but i guess that’s the nature of humans. The backpackers goes along way to hiding all of it on its own little piece of paradise.

Mantis & Moon

Mantis & Moon is a perfect place to get lost for a few days, weeks, or your entire holiday. Feel at home and relax with good food, cold drinks and well-travelled, friendly and helpful staff. Experience one of the treehouses, stay in a cottage with an open-air bath set in the tropical jungle, or find yourself a comfortable bed in one of the spacious dorms.


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