Located on the Wild Coast, 50km east of the town of Willowvale, Nqabara Eco River Lodge is a community owned facility, which is the result of a grant awarded to them by the SURUDEC, through the Eastern Cape Premier’s Office by the European Union. The principal action of the grant is to establish a community-owned tourism lodge, which was to be sited on a remarkably beautiful promontory overlooking the confluence of the Nqabara and Nqabarana Rivers at their mouth, separated from the beach by 800 hectares of indigenous forest and grasslands with the Indian Ocean as a backdrop.

After 3 years of careful planning and building, the lodge has emerged from the grassland and is able to accommodate up to 22 guests at any time. Designed as a low-impact facility, Nqabara Eco River Lodge is fully off-the-grid. It harvests water from the heavens and innovative solar technology is used throughout the lodge to ensure that its footprint is as negligible as possible.

Accommodation is in four fully equipped cottages. The Main Lodge accommodates up to 10 people in 3 bedrooms with a kitchen, lounge, dining area, large deck, braai area and DSTV. The thee 2-bedroom cottages sleep four guests and are en-suite. They have an open plan kitchen, lounge-dining area with a deck and braai.

The Nqabara area is pristine, one of the few places along the Wild Coast that has not been developed. It is designated “environmentally sensitive” and the Nqabara community proudly treasure this status. The people of the area are determined to preserve the beauty and natural heritage that they know is their greatest asset.

Though not completely isolated, the lodge is at least 3km from the nearest village homesteads. Nqabara Eco River Lodge welcomes those wanting a quiet and beautiful “away-from-the-crowds-and-noise experience”.