The Lodge on the Beach
Originally a farmhouse, the Lodge on the Beach was built in 1929 and is one of Port St Johns’ oldest, quaintest buildings. Set in a lush subtropical garden, we are a 3-bedroomed guesthouse offering accommodation right on the beach, with a spectacular view across the bay. We also organise activities ranging from gentle guided walks to extreme mountain biking.
We look out over The Gap, a geological feature which formed as a result of Continental Drift. A slice of headland suddenly sheared off the African continent during a prehistoric upheaval, and over the ages the 30-metre gap has almost filled up with rocky debris. It has an accompanying Blowhole near its base, which shoots a jet of water 20 metres into the air. Both are iconic Wild Coast scenic attractions.
Port St Johns is known as a quirky little town, and we’re in the quirkiest part of it – at Second Beach, which is about 5km from the Port St Johns town centre. The ambience is otherworldly, with a certain romance to be found against the backdrop of deeply traditional African culture, some of the continent’s greatest natural beauty and a community of vagabond artists and artisans living in scenic splendour. It’s a memorably eccentric place – definitely not what you’d experience at home – and many have regarded it as a highlight of their holiday.
Two of Port St Johns’ favourite restaurants are right next door, with a backpackers pub and restaurant not far up the road. Our accommodation is modest but well-appointed, and all the bedrooms have lovely ocean views. Each has a private shower and toilet. While these are not ensuite, they are just across the passage and are exclusively for your use. In terms of security, we employ a night-watchman and have a fence and large gate.