If you love the idea of a weekend getaway with the kids, surrounded by the peace and serenity of mother nature in a luxurious tented camp, then a breakaway at Gibaland Teepee Eco Village is the ideal place to find that respite.
On a recent leisurely hike to one of the beautiful waterfalls of Giba Gorge, we meandered past Gibaland Teepee Eco Village, nestled under a canopy of trees. It was begging to be explored. So, kids in tow, we adventured, and soon discovered that Gibaland is as interesting as it is beautiful. Gibaland is a kids’ dream holiday destination.
It is a part of everybody’s favourite mountain bike park where a perennial stream with magnificent waterfalls and loads of walking and horse trails drift through the forest, And likewise for their parents!
Who wouldn’t want to swap busy life at home for a back-to-basics, down-to-earth affordable weekend away in eco-glamping bliss? You get to ‘shack up’ in sophisticated teepee shelters that are big enough to meet all your needs and can sleep up to six guests per tent. The kids (and you) can burn off loads of steam on more than 45kms of trails perfect for mountain
biking, hiking, trail running and more!
The brainchild of Luis Goncalves, who built this glamping experience on a small piece of the 22-hectare ‘little bit of heaven’ he calls home, Gibaland was designed, through great visions and goals, to leave as small a footprint as possible from an ecological point of view. To be self-sustaining, off-the-grid and utilise materials from the land where possible. Considered an ongoing project, Gibaland is aimed at making Giba Gorge more accessible and affordable for everyone (children especially) to connect and learn from and about the land. Ideally, Luis would like for children to express themselves and learn skills that schools no longer teach, in a safe and happy environment.
The Teepee Eco Village simply echoes that vision through a completely unique experience with extra elements of fun. Not only does it offer the chance to slumber safely under the stars in a cosy teepee with artificial grass surrounded by African bush teeming with birdlife and small game, but it is solar-powered, pet-friendly glamping at its best. There are hot showers and ablutions close by, dinner, bed and breakfast packages available, a bonfire at night and full moon drumming circles. Trust us, you’ll love it!
What you need to know:
Rates: Weekdays (Monday to Thursday): R700 for one night/R600 per night for two nights; Weekends (Friday to Sunday): R800 for one night/ R700 per night for two nights
Dinner and Breakfast: R200 per adult per day and R150 per child under 12 per day. Guests can order lunch from the Café Umfula’s menu, for their own account. Firewood is R80 per wheelbarrow (you are very welcome to bring your own). There are no self-catering facilities, however, should you wish to cook/braai, this can be arranged with management.
We are giving a family of four the chance to win a two-night stay at Gibaland. To enter, please like and follow @getit_durban (Insta) @GetItDurban (Facebook), tag a friend, and join our whatsapp group by clicking on this link https://chat.whatsapp.com/I5VJBSwYsSbKgeYNtgXuSb then fill in the form below and you’ll be in the draw.