Terra-Khaya is not only popular in Hogsback or South Africa, but it has made a name for itself internationally.
If you read my previous post, you probably know that I’m a trip jacker. I jacked a friend’s garden route trip and ended up at one of the most beautiful sea views ever.
Well… my “trip jacking” didn’t end up there. The day after our return from the garden route trip, I jacked yet another trip, and this one was to Hogsback. It was supposed to be a boys trip, but it ended up being ‘Nolu and the boys’ trip.
Like the previous one, this trip was a mystery, and that’s what made it exciting. We drove from PE to Hogsback and half way there one of my travel mates hit us with a bomb! We were about 30 minutes out of Port Elizabeth when the driver, Oliver, said: “By the way guys, I think the place we are going to be staying at doesn’t have electricity.” We were all shocked, and when he saw our reaction he backpedaled and said: “I’m not sure, I might have heard wrong.” At that moment I was thinking, that better be a joke because I’m not about to live with no lights for three days.
The Terra-Khaya reception
We arrived in Hogsback and made our way to the Chillington farm where Terra-Khaya situated. I had requested a private room and was pretty excited to have my own room, with a private bathroom. However, when we arrived this was the first building we saw:
The mud plastered building gave me the typical South African village feel. The looked like an amazing art project. You could tell that a lot of things were made from reused and recycled material.
We had the warmest reception, the owner, Shane, and his employees were very friendly and welcoming. Inside there were a couple of electric plug points, but the staff informed us that, that’s the only place in the area that had some solar generated electricity.
The kitchen screamed “organic.” I won’t lie, for a good couple of minutes there I hoped and prayed that would not be where we were staying. However, you know what they say, “don’t judge a book by its cover.”
They grow their vegetables, so when you stay there, you can get a home cooked meal (which you can also help cook if you want to) at an affordable price. They also allowed guests to bring and cook their own food to save money.
About thirty minutes later we were shown to our villa (which I would be sharing with the boys), and it looked scary… like it could fall
The rooms vary from mixed hostels, double rooms to four sharing. Due to miscommunication, we ended up in a four bedroom. There were no curtains, and it was a bit awkward, so we all slept in our clothes, excusable since it was winter. The room was warm though despite the freezing nights of Hogsback.
Everything at Terra-Khaya is Eco-friendly, amazingly beautiful (you might not get this impression at first) and earth. There are outdoor showers with an amazing view of nature, and toilets (not for the faint hearted), the water is heated with fire.
I might not have been over the moon when I arrived at the place but staying at Terra-Khaya was fantastic. I didn’t want to leave. The nights were pitch black, and we had to use our cell phone flash-lights (using the battery sparingly of cause) to see, but it was completely safe, although the animal sounds in the bushes were creepy. Everything was in-touch with nature, maybe a bit much if you’re not used to such. The place reminded me so much of my farm girl days.
What made Terra-Khaya the most amazing lodge I’ve ever stayed at was the people. The lodge has the most amazing, friendly people ever! How often do you meet strangers and just trust them? The minute you step into Terra-Khaya, you immediately feel like you can trust everyone. The owner allowed us to roam freely and eat whatever we wanted to eat and trusted us to be honest and pay for it all when we leave.