Local Activities, Let Your Spirit Go Wild...
From beaches, forests and waterfall rock pools to adrenalin activities and animal sanctuaries, there is overwhelming array of things to do and see in and around Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge. Our hosting crew is always happy to offer advice and share our knowledge of this beautiful area with you. Whether you spend one night or one week with us, we will help you orientate yourself to the possibilities and organise your time so as to make the most of your stay. Even if on a tight budget, there is plenty to keep you happy, busy and wildly inspired!
The Garden Route is justifiably world-famous for it's whale-watching opportunities. From June to October sightings of Bottlenose dolphins and Humpback and Southern right whales from the shore are almost guaranteed. We can arrange exciting offshore whale watching trips from Plettenberg Bay with Ocean Safaris and Ocean Blue.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre is a 15 minute drive from Wild Spirit and is home to leopards, caracals, cervals and other rare wild cats that can all be seen by visitors in a semi-natural habitat. You can choose between a combo-cat tour, or join the cheetahs on their sunrise or sunset walks through the forest.
The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary is a 10 minute drive away and is a temporary home for young African elephants with the intention of releasing them into less restrictive environments when they are older. For visitors the focus is on education through interaction. You can touch, feed and walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent animals.
Monkeyland and Birds of Eden
A 10 minute drive away, these popular attractions lie adjacent to each other and a combo ticket will get you into both.
- Monkeyland: This sanctuary houses 15 primate species, 9 of which can be viewed by the public. Visitors are accompanied on guided walks in the huge enclosed natural afro-montane forest habitat.
- Birds of Eden: Self-walk through the largest free-flight aviary in the world covering over 2 hectares of aboriginal forest and featuring 220 species of birds, both native and exotic.
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Visitors to Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary are encouraged to touch and handle the non-venemous members of the 200 strong snake population. 10 minute drive from Wild Spirit.