Our first “real” homestay guests!

Last year, the Homestay project started off with ‘invited’ guests, who stayed for free in order for us to test the product. This worked well and we received lots of useful feedback. Once the website (www.bulungulahomestay.com) was completed and the Bulungula Lodge started referring its overflow to us, we had our very first ‘real’ visitors, Jerome and Laura from Cape Town. Jerome and Laura stayed for three nights, participated in the daily household activities, went on the Village Hike and experienced true Xhosa hospitality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Heu! Heu! These Cape Town people are crazy!

 

 

 

One of the features of the Homestay product is that guests are involved in the household activities. During their stay they are shown different aspects of daily traditional Xhosa life. This includes learning to cook traditional meals, grinding maize, farming, spreading cow dung on the floor of the mud huts etc. What they do will depend on the activities that the household is engaged in at the time of the visit. Jerome and Laura learned how to grind maize (ukuguba) and to cook pap with imifino (a delicious and very nutritious meal cooked with the freshly ground maize meal and green leaves picked from the vegetable garden at the homestead, usually pumpkin leaves and any seasonal herbs available).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Learning to grind maize (ukuguba)

Learning to grind maize (ukuguba)

 

 
Sampling the fruits of their labour: pap with imifino

Sampling the fruits of their labour: pap with imifino

 

The Village Hike is another activity offered with the Homestay product. Guests are guided from Nqileni village to the neighbouring village of Folokwe. The 3 hour walk takes them through a lush indigenous forest down to the Xhora river and, after a little bit of of a climb, to a traditional lunch served with views of rolling the Transkei hills all around.



Views on the way to Folokwe Village

Views on the way to Folokwe Village

 

Maginificent indigenous forests on the village hike

Maginificent indigenous forests on the village hike

 

Jerome and Laura had a lovely stay. They left 3 pages of commentary in the guest book! “We loved our stay, it was kind, caring and generous. 5 star service.”

4 Comments

    • Bulungula Incubator

      Hi Alan

      Would be great to have you. The homestays are still new and we’re hoping to grow our guest list!

      best, rejane

    • Bulungula Incubator

      Hi Guys

      We were very lucky to have such great guests as our first. We’ve been making the improvements and adjustments that you suggested (thanks again for taking the time to leave such detailed comments). Maybe you’ll find the time to visit again and check out our improvements 🙂

      love, rejane

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