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The tour of Shapes of Africa starts right here – take time to look around this rustic stay over and then book a bed in a rondavel or a cabin or a caravan. You will want to stay here at this budget backpackers forever!

Park in front of the gate beside welcoming signs when you arrive at Shapes of Africa. This Durban accommodation is ultra inviting, ultra environmental and so close to the King Shaka Airport you can almost fall straight into your bed from the car hire place.

When you enter Shapes of Africa, your tour starts under tall shady trees where a path leads you to the lapa. Order a home-brewed coffee, sit on the deck and watch the monkeys and birds socialise in the forest around you. Wander down the wooden stairs to your rondavel or cabin and settle into this natural paradise.

Choose a pilates class in the morning or a walk in the sugar cane. Eat a wholesome breakfast of meusli and fruit, yoghurt, eggs and toast. The salt of the Earth. Which accommodation would you choose?

Wakka Wakka – a typical Zulu mud hut, rondavel. Sleeps 10 – 5 on sturdy bunk beds. Shared ablutions. Own braai area, communal kitchen. Bird watch from your stoep.

House of the Rising Sun – Hippie caravan, king size bed, shared ablutions. Watch the sun rise in the valley when the birds awake you.

House of the Rising Sun – Twin bed wooden cabin, shared ablutions, communal kitchen, braai area. Smell the forest as the dew falls in the night.

Plane Spotting – Twin bed wooden cabin, shared ablutions, communal kitchen, braai area. Sip coffee as you watch Boeings take off and land so close you can almost reach out and touch them.

Swallows Nest – Wooden cabin, double bed, shared ablutions, communal kitchen, braai area. A hidden gem in the trees where the chickens scratch.

Shakas Rox – Zulu Rondavel – Stone cottage – en-suite, double bed or 2 – 4 single beds with mozzie nets, own kitchenette and deck with breath-taking view of Umdloti River Valley.

A tour of Shapes of Africa always starts and ends at the lapa – where you will find the bar, kitchen, deck and communal toilets. Dine here every night on delicious homemade fare created with dedication and love: Thai Green Curries, Oxtail Stews, stiff pap with tomato and onion sauce, braaiied boerewors on a roll, sourdough bread straight from the oven, fresh salads from the garden – and so much more to warm the cockles of your heart!

Take a tour of Shapes of Africa. Relaxing, eco accommodation with a buzz. So close to Umdloti Beach and the local coffee shops and stores. So close to the N2 and the King Shaka International Airport. Pick your rondavel or cabin or caravan and stay a few peaceful days in this natural paradise! A winning eco rustic stay over made for travellers who like to explore the Zululand North Coast.

Book an exciting canoe trip in the river with Wendy and Ray

Shapes of Africa can work for you. In fact, Shapes of Africa owners, Ray van der Poll and Wendy O’Grady, are making the rustic stay over accommodation work for you. Where else can you find such comfortable, budget accommodation on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast?

Backpackers close to all amenities

Welcome to a backpackers that is close to all amenities. Shapes of Africa is a stone’s throw away from the King Shaka International Airport, in Mount Moreland. The budget accommodation venue is only 5km from the gorgeous and buzzing Umdloti Beach. Hidden amongst the trees in Mount Moreland, once a thriving sugar cane farm, Shapes of Africa is part of a warm community with a sustainable tourism ethic. Book your bed at this budget backpacker’s accommodation and you will never forget the warm hospitality and delicious homemade cuisine.

Dine under the trees after an outing to Umdhloti Beach

Come TO BE FREE at Shapes of Africa…to be you…to feel nature…to feel the vibe…

Wooden walkways wind through wild indigenous gardens, embracing permaculture and companion planting principles.

Environmental ethics at Shapes of Africa

See and feel the environmental ethics at Shapes of Africa. Wendy and Ray do their best to save energy and other natural resources where possible. They believe that it is vital to live as lightly on Mother Earth as possible. As naturally as possible, in harmony with all creatures great and small. Eventually they will be off the grid.

Ray is a surfer and fisherman who loves the ocean. Wendy is a naturalist and herbologist who teaches Pilates on her deck and loves outdoor adventure. Book a Pilates class with Wendy before you set off to explore the Durban coastline.

Pilates on the deck in the early morning is a great way to start your day

Sustainable tourism is responsible tourism these days. Backpackers can rest assured that staying at Shapes of Africa is an environmentally ethical experience. Find out how to save water and energy and yet remain comfortable within your need zones. Ask Wendy and Ray to show you their area. The Zulu culture in Zululand is fascinating, the people open and friendly.

Explore the Zululand North Coast

Explore the Zululand North Coast with Shapes of Africa. This rustic eco venue also offers tours in and around KwaZulu-Natal. Warm weather, bunny chows and plenty of ocean make for a great beach holiday in Durban. Book into Shapes of Africa near the King Shaka International Airport and see the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast in all its splendour. Take a 5km drive to Umdloti Beach for a coffee or an ice cream and check out the waves. Wendy and Ray will take you on a cruise to try out a seafood supper or a hike into the rolling hills of Zululand.

For the best budget accommodation in Durban, as close to King Shaka Airport that you can get, choose Shapes of Africa. Hospitality in the sugar cane at its finest. Ask Wendy and Ray to take you to uShaka Marine World in Durban, the famous aquarium only 30km from the Airport. So much for all ages to see and do! Chill in the lapa, exercise on the deck or lay on your bed in your rondavel listening to the birds.

Call Wendy to book your bed today. Ask Ray to take you on an inland tour where you canoe, 4×4, hike and catch fish.

Shapes of Africa can work for you. In fact, Shapes of Africa owners, Ray van der Poll and Wendy O’Grady, are making the rustic stay over accommodation work for you. Where else can you find such comfortable, budget accommodation on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast?