About Mtentu Lodge

Mtentu Lodge has to be one of the best vacation destinations on the Wild Coast, nestled on the edge of the Mkambati Nature Reserve and being blessed with spectacular views! Russel Hartshorne and Bridgette Duffy, seasoned backpackers and adventurers themselves, recognised the potential of Mtentu and revived it to what it is today.

Our Story

Russel Hartshorne and Bridgette Duffy dreamt of creating the best destination for holiday goers on the Wild Coast and so Mtentu Lodge was born. Both founders had spent many years trekking around the world as adventurous backpackers, dreaming of one day returning home to sunny South Africa and starting their own lodge. It was Russel who had stumbled across the remains of one of the old Amadiba Adventures Camps on the Mtentu Estuary, laying abandoned and unusable. He recognised its potential as the perfect place to start an eco-lodge and so the exciting journey started.

Community Development

Russel and Bridgette started their negotiations with the local community to revive the old lodge and breathe new life into the area. Since then, the Mtentu Lodge has been growing organically, getting better with each passing year. The lodge forms part of the community and as such, we strive to improve the lives of the local community by creating jobs, developing business partnerships and adding to the local economy.

A Unique Destination

Since its birth, Mtentu has gained the reputation for being one of the most unique travel destinations on the Wild Coast and in South Africa as a whole. Our foreign guests frequently comment on what a special destination this place is. The lodge is a welcoming place that becomes home for the duration of your stay and our staff members become your best friends. We can’t wait to share travelling stories with you around our nightly bonfire or over an ice cold beer at our bar.

We spent a week at mtentu about 2 months ago. This place is absolute heaven. The walks and adventures amazing. We will be back soon.

Lara Jansen Van Vuuren

I cannot say enough about the managers at Mtentu, Elena and Allan. They were superb – excellent food, comfy clean beds and lots of hot water. Well done to Mtentu staff. A wonderful stay

Brenda Coombe

We finally got to spend a few days at Mtentu last week and WOW, super impressed. We love the rustic chilled vibes, especially after some gruelling hikes that rewarded us with the most incredible views and waterfalls (and a chocolate tequila).

Janet Haw

Mtentu Lodge a great exciting place to be. Great views, great environment. Great! Greatest place of them all!!!

Mbesh Mavovo

Get In Touch

For reservations, more information, queries or comments,
please email mtentulodge@gmail.com or give us a call on +27 (0) 83 805 3356.