In early December, we hit the road with Steve’s parents, Dee and Mike, heading to Bulungula Lodge, a backpackers perched next to the ocean in a remote Transkei village, a two day drive from Cape Town.
From a map, the village doesn’t look that far from the main road. But getting there requires carefully navigating dirt roads filled with pot holes. This means that the village is over a two hour drive off the main road and therefore very removed from civilization. All around, simple rondavals painted turquoise and pink dot the rolling green hills.
The village owns 50 percent of the lodge, and we were able to tour the village–as well as see the local preschool which is run by the Bulungula Incubator, a non-profit which the lodge has founded.
The lodge definitely showed how you can do a lot with little water–their hot rocket showers were powered by paraffin…and its composting toilets gave Mike some new jokes.
All in all, it was a peaceful retreat but also gave us all much to think about.